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Brilliant weekend for Minjee Lee at Ladies Scottish Open

Minjee Lee (file photo) stormed home over the final 36 holes. (Photo: Getty Images )
Minjee Lee was forced to make a late birdie in her second round of 73 at the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open in North Berwick just to make the cut on Friday but weekend rounds of 64 and 67 have seen her fight her way into a share of 6th place in the LPGA Tour event.

Her third round of 64 on Saturday followed by her final round of 67 today was the best, by some five shots, final 36-hole total of the field at the Renaissance Golf Club and her 6th place was likely a distant dream on Friday evening.

Lee, admittedly, finished nine shots behind the winner, Mi Jung Hur and was thankful after her round that she had avoided most of the heavy weather which built as the day went on.

“Actually, the first nine it was beautiful,” said Lee. “Not much wind and there was no rain, but about five holes, maybe six holes to go, it started raining off and on, pretty constant. The wind wasn't up too badly when I finished, so it was not so bad. Overall, I think 4-under, pretty happy with it.

“I sort of killed my momentum on 11. I three-putted from on the green and it was pretty short. You know, I probably could have had a couple -- a couple more birdies.

“I missed a couple opportunities, as well, on that back nine, but after the first two days, I only just made the cut on the number. I didn't know it was going to be even (the cut score). So yeah, I'm happy with 11-under.”

Su Oh finished as the next best of the Australians when she finished 13th, Katherine Kirk was 35th and Hannah Green 55th.

The winner, Hur, won her third LPGA Tour title ten years after her first and five years after her second. Hur began the final round one shot off the lead held then by Moriya Jutanugarn and an early bogey hardly gave evidence of what was about to unfold. 

Six birdies in her last ten holes, however, would lead to a final nine of 31 and a four-shot victory over Jutanugarn and Jeongeun Lee6.

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