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Minjee Lee finishes runner-up on 2018 LPGA Tour money list.

Lee has completed her best season to date on the LPGA Tour. (Photo: Bruce Young)
Lexi Thompson has won the final event of the 2018 LPGA Tour season and her 10th LPGA Tour title with a four-shot victory at the CME Group Tour Championship in Naples in Florida.

For Australian Minjee Lee, her 37th place finish was a little disappointing given her brilliant season prior but she has locked up second place on the LPGA Tour money list with earnings of close to US$1.55 million, by far her best season on the LPGA Tour.

She finished more than US1 million behind Ariya Jutanugarn but with a win and nine other top five finishes it has been an amazingly consistent season for the 22 year old West Australian.

Jutanugarn secured the additional US$1 million in bonus money for winning the Race to CME Globe played throughout the year.

For Thompson it was her first win since September of 2017 but it was perhaps the manner of her victory that would be so satisfying for her having led from round two and extended her lead.

Thompson finished runner-up in this event 12 months ago having finished just one shot behind Ariya Jutanugarn then.

The victory will take Thompson’s career earnings beyond US$9 million.

“This event in general is very special to me,” said the winner. “With how it ended last year, wasn't the way I wanted to. Of course $1 million helped, but I wanted win the event.

“Just - it's been a long year. Just the up and downs and just the things I've been dealing with, they all kind of hit me this year.

“To be able to end the year like this and just keep on fighting throughout the whole year has meant the world to me. Just shows anything is possible. You have to fight through whatever you're going through.”

Nelly Korda finished runner-up just three weeks after her breakthrough LPGA Tour win and is emerging as a genuine star of the LPGA Tour to follow in the footsteps of her sister Jessica, a former Australian Women’s Open Champion.

Of the other Australians, Katherine Kirk was 27th, Minjee Lee 37th, Hannah Green and Su Oh were tied for 48th and Sarah Jane Smith was 62nd.


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