Hugel-Air Premia LA Open - R4

Minjee Lee wins 5th LPGA title

April 25-28
Wilshire Country Club, Los Angeles, California
$1,500,000
Round 1, Round 2


Minjee Lee carried a one-stroke lead into the final round of the HUGEL-AIR PREMIA LA Open and cruised on home for victory, finishing at -14 overall and earning a four-stroke win over the Republic of Korea’s Sei Young Kim . The 22-year-old Australian carded four birdies and a lone bogey in her final-round 68, though Kim pulled within two strokes of Lee with four holes to go.


“I was just going to carry on playing my own game,” said Lee, who was one of only three players to birdie 18 on Sunday, closing with a flourish. “I had a couple birdie opportunities coming in, so I didn’t get rattled up or anything.”

Kim recorded six birdies on the day to earn solo second at -10 after a final-round 66. Americans Morgan Pressel and Annie Park , a graduate of the University of Southern California, tied for third at -9. Nanna Koerstz Madsen , who started the day one stroke behind Lee, shot 76 to fall to 13th.

2018 was a banner year for Minjee Lee , who recorded a career best 13 top-10 finishes, including a win and three runner-up finishes. Now 10 tournaments into the 2019 season and Lee has picked up right where she left off. This win, combined with runner-up finishes in Thailand and Singapore and a third-place showing in Hawaii, help cement Lee as one of the premier players in the women’s game.

“I think the two people who won (in Thailand and Singapore), they just outplayed me on the day. I didn’t feel like I played bad or anything. Felt pretty solid,” said Lee. “Hawaii, Brooke pretty much played the game that she had to win. I didn’t feel like I lost, but I knew I was close to probably winning out here. I was pretty solid and pretty consistent.”


Wilshire Country Club was certainly a gem of a venue for this week’s LPGA Tour players. Runner-up Sei Young Kim , who shot a final-round 66 to surge up the leaderboard, found the course to be a tough but fair challenge for the world’s best female golfers.

“I think this golf course is not easy even (for a) regular tournament. The greens are really fast, and if I miss the wrong side it’s tough to get up and down,” said Kim. “Even that I’m very satisfied with my playing. Yeah, I’m very happy with my score.”

Rolex Rankings update

With her win at the HUGEL-AIR PREMIA LA Open, Minjee Lee is projected to move to No. 2 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings, behind World No. 1 Jin Young Ko . This is the best ranking of Lee’s career; she previously reached No. 3 from Feb. 25 to April 7, 2019. It is her 40th consecutive week in the top 10.

With Lee’s move up to World No. 2, Sung Hyun Park and Ariya Jutanugarn each move down one spot to No. 3 and No. 4 respectively, with Nasa Hataoka remaining at No. 5.

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Pos.
Player
Scores
Total
To Par
Prize Money
1
Minjee Lee
66 – 69 – 67 – 68
270
-14
$225,000
2
Sei Young Kim
70 – 70 – 68 – 66
274
-10
$139,217
T3
Annie Park
70 – 72 – 66 – 67
275
-9
$89,559
T3
Morgan Pressel
71 – 66 – 70 – 68
275
-9
$89,559
T5
Amy Yang
71 – 71 – 70 – 64
276
-8
$45,809
T5
Gaby Lopez
69 – 68 – 73 – 66
276
-8
$45,809
T5
Megan Khang
72 – 72 – 64 – 68
276
-8
$45,809
T5
Jin Young Ko
70 – 70 – 67 – 69
276
-8
$45,809
T5
Inbee Park
68 – 70 – 68 – 70
276
-8
$45,809
T10
Brooke M. Henderson
68 – 73 – 69 – 68
278
-6
$28,709
T10
Stacy Lewis
65 – 73 – 71 – 69
278
-6
$28,709
T10
Danielle Kang
72 – 66 – 70 – 70
278
-6
$28,709
13
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
69 – 67 – 67 – 76
279
-5
$25,000
T14
Dani Holmqvist
70 – 69 – 74 – 67
280
-4
$21,037
T14
Chella Choi
71 – 73 – 67 – 69
280
-4
$21,037
T14
Mariajo Uribe
71 – 72 – 68 – 69
280
-4
$21,037
T14
Lizette Salas
68 – 71 – 71 – 70
280
-4
$21,037
T14
Hannah Green
65 – 73 – 71 – 71
280
-4
$21,037
T19
Mi Jung Hur
74 – 66 – 75 – 66
281
-3
$16,322
T19
So Yeon Ryu
70 – 69 – 74 – 68
281
-3
$16,322
T19
Mirim Lee
71 – 74 – 67 – 69
281
-3
$16,322
T19
Carlota Ciganda
73 – 68 – 71 – 69
281
-3
$16,322
T19
Azahara Munoz
71 – 70 – 71 – 69
281
-3
$16,322
T19
Ashleigh Buhai
70 – 71 – 70 – 70
281
-3
$16,322
T19
Ally McDonald
71 – 69 – 70 – 71
281
-3
$16,322
T26
Sarah Schmelzel
72 – 72 – 71 – 67
282
-2
$13,224
T26
Christina Kim
70 – 71 – 72 – 69
282
-2
$13,224
T26
Jenny Shin
71 – 71 – 70 – 70
282
-2
$13,224
T26
Kristen Gillman
69 – 74 – 67 – 72
282
-2
$13,224
T30
Gemma Dryburgh
72 – 73 – 71 – 67
283
-1
$10,627
T30
In-Kyung Kim
71 – 73 – 69 – 70
283
-1
$10,627
T30
Angela Stanford
70 – 73 – 70 – 70
283
-1
$10,627
T30
Aditi Ashok
70 – 71 – 71 – 71
283
-1
$10,627
T30
Haeji Kang
71 – 71 – 69 – 72
283
-1
$10,627
T30
Pajaree Anannarukarn
70 – 70 – 71 – 72
283
-1
$10,627
T30
Jing Yan
68 – 71 – 71 – 73
283
-1
$10,627
T37
Maria Torres
71 – 73 – 72 – 68
284
E
$8,278
T37
Wichanee Meechai
74 – 71 – 69 – 70
284
E
$8,278
T37
Angel Yin
68 – 76 – 70 – 70
284
E
$8,278
T37
Katherine Kirk
71 – 71 – 72 – 70
284
E
$8,278
T37
Brittany Lang
73 – 71 – 67 – 73
284
E
$8,278
T42
Pernilla Lindberg
70 – 73 – 74 – 68
285
1
$6,631
T42
Hee Young Park
73 – 70 – 73 – 69
285
1
$6,631
T42
Lauren Stephenson
72 – 70 – 72 – 71
285
1
$6,631
T42
Sarah Jane Smith
68 – 74 – 71 – 72
285
1
$6,631
T42
Lydia Ko
70 – 73 – 69 – 73
285
1
$6,631
T42
Charley Hull
71 – 69 – 70 – 75
285
1
$6,631
T48
Ariya Jutanugarn
73 – 71 – 73 – 69
286
2
$5,216
T48
Anne van Dam
74 – 71 – 70 – 71
286
2
$5,216
T48
Brittany Altomare
72 – 72 – 70 – 72
286
2
$5,216
T48
Klara Spilkova
69 – 72 – 73 – 72
286
2
$5,216
T48
Shanshan Feng
68 – 70 – 76 – 72
286
2
$5,216
T48
Lindsey Weaver
70 – 73 – 69 – 74
286
2
$5,216
T48
Isi Gabsa
68 – 71 – 73 – 74
286
2
$5,216
T55
Amy Olson
75 – 70 – 72 – 70
287
3
$4,192
T55
Pornanong Phatlum
74 – 71 – 72 – 70
287
3
$4,192
T55
Eun-Hee Ji
71 – 73 – 71 – 72
287
3
$4,192
T55
Mina Harigae
71 – 73 – 70 – 73
287
3
$4,192
T55
Jaclyn Lee
71 – 67 – 76 – 73
287
3
$4,192
T55
Dana Finkelstein
74 – 70 – 69 – 74
287
3
$4,192
61
Ryann O’Toole
69 – 71 – 75 – 73
288
4
$3,735
T62
Kris Tamulis
71 – 73 – 72 – 73
289
5
$3,582
T62
Mel Reid
72 – 71 – 71 – 75
289
5
$3,582
T62
Anne-Catherine Tanguay
67 – 74 – 73 – 75
289
5
$3,582
T65
Cheyenne Knight
73 – 71 – 74 – 72
290
6
$3,392
T65
Pavarisa Yoktuan
74 – 70 – 72 – 74
290
6
$3,392
T67
Cristie Kerr
70 – 72 – 74 – 75
291
7
$3,239
T67
Madelene Sagstrom
70 – 74 – 71 – 76
291
7
$3,239
T69
Emma Talley
70 – 74 – 76 – 72
292
8
$3,062
T69
Lee-Anne Pace
73 – 72 – 74 – 73
292
8
$3,062
T69
Stephanie Meadow
70 – 73 – 74 – 75
292
8
$3,062
CUT
Sarah Burnham
76 – 70
4
$0
CUT
Haru Nomura
76 – 70
4
$0
CUT
Jessica Korda
74 – 72
4
$0
CUT
Lindy Duncan
73 – 73
4
$0
CUT
Mi Hyang Lee
73 – 73
4
$0
CUT
Su Oh
73 – 73
4
$0
CUT
Suzuka Yamaguchi
73 – 73
4
$0
CUT
Celine Boutier
72 – 74
4
$0
CUT
Nicole Broch Larsen
72 – 74
4
$0
CUT
Bronte Law
72 – 74
4
$0
CUT
Brittany Lincicome
71 – 75
4
$0
CUT
Karine Icher
77 – 70
5
$0
CUT
Sung Hyun Park
76 – 71
5
$0
CUT
Jaye Marie Green
75 – 72
5
$0
CUT
Muni He
75 – 72
5
$0
CUT
Lexi Thompson
75 – 72
5
$0
CUT
Jungmin Hong (a)
74 – 73
5
$0
CUT
Xiyu Lin
74 – 73
5
$0
CUT
Becca Huffer
73 – 74
5
$0
CUT
Jane Park
72 – 75
5
$0
CUT
In Gee Chun
71 – 76
5
$0
CUT
Tiffany Joh
77 – 71
6
$0
CUT
Ruixin Liu
76 – 72
6
$0
CUT
Beatriz Recari
76 – 72
6
$0
CUT
Celine Herbin
75 – 73
6
$0
CUT
Jeong Eun Lee
75 – 73
6
$0
CUT
Mariah Stackhouse
75 – 73
6
$0
CUT
Alena Sharp
73 – 75
6
$0
CUT
Elizabeth Szokol
73 – 75
6
$0
CUT
Ayako Uehara
73 – 75
6
$0
CUT
Dori Carter
71 – 77
6
$0
CUT
Austin Ernst
70 – 78
6
$0
CUT
Tiffany Chan
77 – 72
7
$0
CUT
Yu Liu
77 – 72
7
$0
CUT
Maddie McCrary
77 – 72
7
$0
CUT
Anna Nordqvist
76 – 73
7
$0
CUT
Jennifer Song
76 – 73
7
$0
CUT
Dottie Ardina
75 – 74
7
$0
CUT
Georgia Hall
75 – 74
7
$0
CUT
Kim Kaufman
75 – 74
7
$0
CUT
Daniela Darquea
74 – 75
7
$0
CUT
Moriya Jutanugarn
71 – 78
7
$0
CUT
Jasmine Suwannapura
68 – 81
7
$0
CUT
Peiyun Chien
76 – 74
8
$0
CUT
Sandra Gal
76 – 74
8
$0
CUT
Louise Ridderstrom
76 – 74
8
$0
CUT
Charlotte Thomas
76 – 74
8
$0
CUT
Jacqui Concolino
75 – 75
8
$0
CUT
Brianna Do
74 – 76
8
$0
CUT
Kristy McPherson
74 – 76
8
$0
CUT
Jackie Stoelting
74 – 76
8
$0
CUT
Na Yeon Choi
73 – 77
8
$0
CUT
Nelly Korda
73 – 77
8
$0
CUT
Catriona Matthew
73 – 77
8
$0
CUT
Sakura Yokomine
73 – 77
8
$0
CUT
Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong
72 – 78
8
$0
CUT
Wei-Ling Hsu
76 – 75
9
$0
CUT
Paula Creamer
75 – 76
9
$0
CUT
Juli Inkster
75 – 76
9
$0
CUT
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras
73 – 78
9
$0
CUT
Gerina Piller
72 – 79
9
$0
CUT
Alison Lee
75 – 77
10
$0
CUT
Caroline Masson
73 – 79
10
$0
CUT
Linnea Strom
79 – 74
11
$0
CUT
Lauren Kim
77 – 76
11
$0
CUT
Clariss Guce
76 – 77
11
$0
CUT
Brittany Marchand
77 – 77
12
$0
CUT
Joanna Klatten
75 – 79
12
$0
CUT
Youngin Chun
73 – 82
13
$0
CUT
Alana Uriell
75 – 81
14
$0
CUT
Kendall Dye
78 – 80
16
$0
CUT
Laura Gonzalez Escallon
75 – 83
16
$0
WD
Natalie Gulbis
76
$0
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