Lee had an OK rookie season in 2010. She finished
with a bang, though, with her two best finishes, including
her only top ten, coming in her final two events. She maintained
playing status on tour for 2011.
In 2011, Ilhee split her time between the
KLPGA and LPGA tours. She finished 91st on the LPGA money
list to maintain category 11 status there. In Korea, her best
finish was a 10th place at the KLPGA Championship.
Ilhee had a breakout year on the LPGA in 2012,
thanks largely to two tournaments. She was phenomenal at the
US Women's Open, notching a tie for 4th, her best ever Major
AND regular tour result. The next time she played, she managed
another top ten at another huge event: 9th at the Evian Masters.
She also shot a 66 in the first round there.
In all, she smashed her previous best money
list total by making over $355,000 for the year and finishing
40th on the money list.
Ilhee topped herself again in 2013 with her
new best season. Included was her first career LPGA win, which
came in tough conditions at the rain shortened Pure Silk Bahamas
LPGA Classic. She also notched two more top tens and wound
up with her best seasonal money list total, position, and
scoring average ever.
Ilhee had another great year in 2014. She
notched her career best number of top tens, five. Most of
her success came towards the end of the season; she made all
her top tens in September and later. Four of them came in
a stretch during the Asian swing, where she contended in China,
Malaysia, South Korea and Japan, while notching top 20s in
Taiwan and the second Chinese event. In Japan, she made her
best finish of the year, ending up tied for second behind
winner Mi Hyang Lee.
Il Hee managed to break several personal records
in 2015. Although she did not win, she managed 8 top tens,
her new best, and made over $600,000 in a season for the first
time. She played well in Australia (t-4th) and Phoenix (t-3rd).
But her best week came in France at the Evian, the year's
final Major. Like everyone else, she got lapped by winner
Lydia Ko, but still managed a tie for 4th, tying her career
best Major result.
Il Hee had a much worse 2016 season. She made
only two top tens, finishing 86th on the money list. This
caused her to fall to Category 11 status for 2017. At one
point, she missed 10 of 13 cuts (with a withdrawal also thrown
in there). It's possible she had an unreported injury, as
she had never struggled like this before.