Minji Lee’s defense of Evian comes to an end

Minji Lee was unable to reproduce the final day’s tournaments at Evian, as Australia’s disappointing defense of their title in France fizzled out.

Lee, who had launched with high hopes of winning a third major title after her recent impressive level, finished off a disappointing tournament at Evian-les-Bains on Sunday with two finalists under 69 to finish in third.

In 2021, the Perth golfer finished with an impressive final round of 64 to come from seven shots back and win the title in a playoff.

But this year, she was too far off the pace to make any big impression on the leaderboard on the final day, especially after making a double bogey at the start – after her triple bogeying in the same hole on Saturday.

Lee then played some of the best golf of the week, scoring seven birdies, but was still confused by more bugs because she also added three more ghosts.

Lying in a tie at 44 as the battle to succeed her as champion raged among the Rookies later, Lee couldn’t finish as the top Australian as fellow major winner Hannah Green and Sydney’s rising star Steve Kiriakou each finished four shots ahead. to her.

Kyriacou enjoyed a runway finish, dropping five birds on her last 11 holes to shoot a five-under 66 and finishing in a seven-under, while 2019 Women’s PGA Award winner Green matched her by going home at 68.

LPGA Tour champion Sarah Kemp, who enjoyed an impressive first half of the tournament, rode her second over-the-top tour of the weekend, a 73-over, to finish outside the top 50 in first place.

Meanwhile, Canada’s Brooke Henderson, through 10 holes in the final round, maintained her lead overnight at 15-under, but is now only one shot ahead of Japan’s Saigo Mao, Korea’s Se Young Kim and US Olympic champion Nelly Korda.

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