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Minjee Lee and Jin Young Ko runners-up in Michigan

Lee and Ko finished runner-up in the inaugural event. (Photo: Getty Images Gregory Shamus)
A final round of 58 in the four-ball by the pairing of Jin Young Ko and Minjee Lee, world numbers two and four, has seen the impressive duo fall short of winning the inaugural Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational in Midland in Michigan.

The combination finished alone in second place behind American Cydney Clanton and Thailand’s Jasmine Suwannapurra, their 12-birdie final round moving them from 11th to 2nd.

Clanton, one half of the winning duo, has played 2019 primarily on the Symetra Tour, where she earned a win at the Murphy USA El Dorado Shootout. Now an LPGA Tour winner, Clanton jumps up the LPGA Priority List from 179th to 92nd and is assured of full Tour status for the next two years.

Her partner, Jasmine Suwannapura, didn’t know three years ago if she would ever walk again, let alone play golf. While taking a practice swing at the 2016 Kingsmill Championship, Suwannapura broke her back and was sidelined for six months. After surgery, months of rehab and totally rebuilding her swing, Suwannapura saw her hard work and patience pay off when she captured her first LPGA win at the 2018 Marathon Classic.

So the win was full of emotional storylines and provides the winning combination with security of tenure on the LPGA Tour for the next two years at least.

The LPGA now travels to France for the Evian Championship the 4th major of their five major season, followed by the final major of the year, the AIG Women’s British Open the following week.

 

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