Yang edges Lee for third Thailand title

South Korea’s Amy Yang held off Australia’s Minjee Lee by one stroke to win the Honda LPGA Thailand on Sunday.

Yang, who has now won the event three times, fired a 7-under-par 65 to finish at 22-under for the tournament.

Yang was tied with Lee and Spain’s Carlota Ciganda at 20-under entering play on the 16th hole, but a birdie on the par 3 hole gave her the lead.

“I would say 16 par-3, that big putt. I think that was a big putt to finish,” Yang said. “Also 17 and 18 were not easy holes to finish on.”

Ciganda finished play ahead of Yang and Lee, finishing third at 20-under after shooting 9-under 63 in a final round that included two eagles.

“To be honest, I was just playing my game, and I saw that Amy was 21-under at that point. I just wanted to get to 20-under,” said Ciganda of her eagle on the par-4 15th hole. “I thought that would be a good score for today.”

Lee had a final chance to force a playoff on No. 18 but missed a long eagle putt and had to settle for birdie and a 21-under finish.

“I really fought out there. Just tried to make as many birdies as I could. Probably didn’t play probably 15 and 16 the way I wanted to, but I think overall I had a pretty solid performance,” Lee said.

Yang also birdied 18, sealing her one-stroke margin of victory and fourth title overall. She also won this event in 2015 and 2017.

Jenny Shin of South Korea, who led after two rounds, started the day two strokes behind the leaders and finished in fourth place after a final-round 68.

Home favorites Ariya and Moriya Jutanugarn both failed to make a late charge, with Moriya finishing in a tie for 10th at 11-under and Ariya alone in 14th place, one stroke behind her sister.

–Field Level Media

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