ANA Inspiration R4

Mirim Lee wins three-way playoff

September 10-13
Mission Hills Country Club, Dinah Shore Tournament Course
Rancho Mirage, California
$3,100,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3




Mirim Lee chipped in twice to stay in contention at the ANA Inspiration when it seemed that Nelly Korda or Brooke Henderson would take the title. Lee hit a 5-wood that hit a blue wall behind the 18th and stopped it from going in the water then chipped for eagle, a 5-under 67 and a three-way playoff.


Lee hit a 5-wood through the green, chipped to 5-feet and made the birdie putt. Korda made par after missing the fairway and Henderson missed her 7-foot birdie putt.

“Honestly, I can’t really believe it right now,” Lee said through a translator. “To be honest, I feel like I must be a little crazy for having won this. I think I’ll be able to feel it once I meet my family and reunite with them.



“To be honest, of the four rounds, today I struggled the most. Not a lot of my shots were the way that I wanted them. But I think I had a bit of luck that helped me.”

This is the first major championship for the 29-year-old South Korean who ranked 94th in the world at the start of the tournament.



Lee bogeyed the par-3 17th, leaving her two shots behind with one to play.

“My plan for 18 was just to have a birdie and do what I have to do to keep my head up,” she said. “And when the shot went in, I think I was really surprised.”


The blue wall that played its part in her victory was erected instead of a hospitality chalet this year.

“The fact is, it has been way too artificial,” Hall of Famer Judy Rankin said on the Golf Channel broadcast. “There was no real reason for it to be there. There were not spectators, or clients or anything like that. And it has affected play way too much.”


After missing the cut at the AIG Women’s Open three weeks ago (the first missed cut of her career in a major championship), nine-time LPGA Tour winner Brooke Henderson bounced back in a big way with her tie for second at the ANA Inspiration.

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She recorded five final-round birdies around the Dinah Shore Tournament Course en route to a 3-under 69. Even a double bogey at the par-4 13th didn’t slow Henderson, who forced a three-way sudden-death playoff with birdie on the 72nd hole.

“I definitely played really well this week, which is a really nice feeling and it gives me confidence moving forward. Mirim [Lee] played great today and so did Nelly [Korda]. It was fun. You are playing against the best in the world out there.

“It was tough to lose that way. I felt like I missed a lot of putts, especially the final round where I feel like maybe it could have been a different story. Mirim and Nelly played great and I fought my way around, so I am happy.”



2020 U.S. Women’s Amateur Rose Zhang earned low-amateur honors after finishing in a tie for 11th at 8-under, thanks in part to birdies on her final two holes. Her 280 is the lowest 72-hole score ever by an amateur, breaking the mark of 281 set by Caroline Keggi (1988) and Michelle Wie (2004).

“Honestly I just feel so incredibly blessed to play such a prestigious event, especially in this LPGA major,” said Zhang, who lives two hours away and volunteered here in 2017. “Ever since I started golf, I watched the ANA Inspiration and I watched Lydia Ko and Jin-Young Ko jump into Poppie’s Pond and Pernilla Lindberg. To be able to be on this venue is truly an honor.”




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Mirim Lee
-15
70
65
71
67
273
T2
Brooke M. Henderson
-15
68
71
65
69
273
T2
Nelly Korda
-15
66
67
71
69
273
4
Lexi Thompson
-13
70
67
69
69
275
5
Stacy Lewis
-12
70
71
67
68
276
6
Lydia Ko
-10
69
74
69
66
278
T7
Nasa Hataoka
-9
70
73
67
69
279
T7
Katherine Kirk
-9
72
67
67
73
279
T7
Minjee Lee
-9
71
69
72
67
279
T7
Mel Reid
-9
69
70
69
71
279
T11
Maria Fernanda Torres
-8
70
69
69
72
280
T11
Ariya Jutanugarn
-8
73
71
68
68
280
T11
Danielle Kang
-8
68
71
70
71
280
T11
Rose Zhang (a)
-8
71
69
68
72
280
T15
Mi Hyang Lee
-7
69
70
70
72
281
T15
Gabriela Ruffels (a)
-7
71
68
71
71
281
T15
Amy Yang
-7
71
72
70
68
281
T18
In Gee Chun
-6
67
71
75
69
282
T18
Moriya Jutanugarn
-6
71
70
69
72
282
T18
Sei Young Kim
-6
69
70
71
72
282
T18
Leona Maguire
-6
73
72
68
69
282
T22
Jennifer Kupcho
-5
72
72
69
70
283
T22
Yu Liu
-5
68
71
70
74
283
T24
Carlota Ciganda
-4
70
70
67
77
284
T24
Kristen Gillman
-4
69
72
71
72
284
T24
Christina Kim
-4
70
69
72
73
284
T24
Xiyu Lin
-4
69
77
67
71
284
T24
Ally McDonald
-4
71
69
71
73
284
T24
Lizette Salas
-4
74
74
67
69
284
T30
Brittany Altomare
-3
71
71
69
74
285
T30
Perrine Delacour
-3
74
69
72
70
285
T32
Marina Alex
-2
73
69
71
73
286
T32
Pajaree Anannarukarn
-2
72
70
74
70
286
T32
Cristie Kerr
-2
71
70
73
72
286
T32
Caroline Masson
-2
71
73
70
72
286
T32
Linnea Strom
-2
72
69
72
73
286
T37
Georgia Hall
-1
69
71
74
73
287
T37
Inbee Park
-1
73
72
70
72
287
T37
Kelly Tan
-1
68
70
74
75
287
T40
Austin Ernst
E
71
73
72
72
288
T40
Sung Hyun Park
E
69
73
72
74
288
T40
Alena Sharp
E
75
71
73
69
288
T40
Lei Ye (a)
E
74
69
76
69
288
T44
Celine Boutier
1
75
71
71
72
289
T44
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
1
71
73
68
77
289
T44
Eun-Hee Ji
1
71
74
73
71
289
T44
Yealimi Noh
1
75
71
72
71
289
T44
Anna Nordqvist
1
70
71
73
75
289
T44
Sarah Schmelzel
1
70
73
71
75
289
T44
Anne van Dam
1
70
74
73
72
289
T51
Esther Henseleit
2
74
71
78
67
290
T51
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
2
68
69
76
77
290
T51
Brittany Lang
2
70
72
74
74
290
T51
Stephanie Meadow
2
70
71
73
76
290
T51
Amy Olson
2
79
68
72
71
290
T51
Hinako Shibuno
2
70
75
67
78
290
T57
Annie Park
3
71
73
76
71
291
T57
Madelene Sagstrom
3
67
74
74
76
291
T59
Megan Khang
4
70
73
72
77
292
T59
Gaby Lopez
4
72
75
69
76
292
T59
Angel Yin
4
74
67
73
78
292
T62
Hannah Green
5
69
74
74
76
293
T62
Ryann O’Toole
5
71
77
74
71
293
T64
Caroline Inglis
6
74
74
71
75
294
T64
In Kyung Kim
6
71
75
71
77
294
T64
Brittany Lincicome
6
69
75
75
75
294
T64
Angela Stanford
6
75
72
72
75
294
T64
Patty Tavatanakit
6
73
72
73
76
294
T69
Yui Kawamoto
7
71
74
73
77
295
T69
Azahara Munoz
7
75
72
74
74
295
71
Maria Fassi
8
73
72
72
79
296
72
Emilia Migliaccio (a)
9
74
71
75
77
297
73
Dana Finkelstein
10
72
76
75
75
298
T74
Pernilla Lindberg
13
76
72
77
76
301
T74
Olivia Mehaffey (a)
13
77
71
77
76
301
76
Nicole Broch Larsen
14
72
76
78
76
302
CUT
Chella Choi
5
76
73
  
149
CUT
Jaye Marie Green
5
77
72
  
149
CUT
Tiffany Joh
5
76
73
  
149
CUT
Cheyenne Knight
5
75
74
  
149
CUT
Jessica Korda
5
74
75
  
149
CUT
Andrea Lee
5
74
75
  
149
CUT
Morgan Pressel
5
77
72
  
149
CUT
Jasmine Suwannapura
5
74
75
  
149
CUT
Charlotte Thomas
5
75
74
  
149
CUT
Jing Yan
5
76
73
  
149
CUT
Ashleigh Buhai
6
75
75
  
150
CUT
Cydney Clanton
6
74
76
  
150
CUT
Caroline Hedwall
6
76
74
  
150
CUT
Haru Nomura
6
74
76
  
150
CUT
Su Oh
6
72
78
  
150
CUT
Gerina Piller
6
75
75
  
150
CUT
Jennifer Song
6
73
77
  
150
CUT
Kaitlyn Papp (a)
7
73
78
  
151
CUT
Elizabeth Szokol
7
76
75
  
151
CUT
Hee Young Park
8
79
73
  
152
CUT
Emma Talley
8
76
76
  
152
CUT
Lindsey Weaver
8
77
75
  
152
CUT
Bronte Law
9
79
74
  
153
CUT
Pornanong Phatlum
9
77
76
  
153
CUT
Ayako Uehara
11
77
78
  
155
WD
Klara Spilkova
3
75
   
75
WD
Dani Holmqvist
8
80
   
80
WD
Jenny Shin
E
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