Published: Tue, May 01, 2018

Minjee Lee tied for LPGA Tour lead

Minjee Lee tied for LPGA Tour lead

Former world number one Lydia Ko, seeking her first win since 2016, takes a one-stroke lead into the final round of the LPGA Mediheal Championship after firing a five-under par 67 on Saturday.

In 2016, while at No. 1 in the Rolex Rankings, Ko overhauled all aspects of her game.

Ko struck a sublime 3-wood second shot that cleared tree limbs on the first extra hole - the par 5 18th - then landed on the green, rolling just inches by the pin to finish a metre away.

Golf Channel expert Ron Sirak has no doubts that Ko is back to her best.

"I hit some really good three woods today and was able to hit a really good shot again". I didn't really know how close it was going to be.

Chasing a fourth LPGA title, Lee was clearly comfortable on the Lake Merced course where she won the 2012 US Girls' Junior title.

Even then, she nearly chipped in to win the tournament without having to go to a playoff.

After winning twice there as a non-member, Ko won her first tournament as a fully-fledged part of the LPGA Tour there in 2014 and went on to defend that title in 2015.


Ko, whose chip from off the green at 18 in regulation kissed the edge of the cup, tapped in for birdie to complete a one-under 71 and force the playoff as the she joined Lee in the clubhouse on 12-under par 276.

"It's insane because I was 3 over for the day at one stage and I said, 'Hey, you've just got to focus and you never know what's going to happen, '" Ko said.

"It's insane because I was three over of the day at one stage but I said 'hey you just got to focus and you never know what is going to happen'". A lot of emotions. I know that my whole team and PXG and all my sponsors and family, they've been super supportive.

It was also Aditi's third Top-20 finish this season, following T-19 finish at Hugel-JTBC the previous week and the T-14 at Kia Classic in March.

Now, four months into the 2018 season, with a single top 10 to start the year, Ko has a chance to silence her critics and affirm the decisions she's made over the last year and a half.

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