Jung Eun Lee turned pro and joined the KLPGA in
2007, but her breakthrough year came in 2009. That year she won
twice, collected 6 top tens and made over 280 million won, finishing
fourth on the year end money list. By far her biggest moment came
at the year's second Major, the Shinsegae KLPGA Championship. She
wound up in a pitched battle with top KLPGA superstar Hee Kyung
Seo for the title. Seo had already won the first Major of the year,
the Korean Women's Open. But Lee proved her better this day, winning
the Major while Seo finished second. Seo would go on to win the
other two Majors of the year, so only Lee prevented her from sweeping
them all. Lee played on the winning Korean squad at the 2009 Kyoraku
Cup. She achieved one win and one tie during the tournament.
Lee had another pretty good year in 2010. She finished
7th on the KLPGA money list, carding 9 top tens. The highlight of
her year was a win at the Hyundai event in September.
Lee had a decent year on tour in 2011, but not as
strong as her previous seasons. She did win once, capturing the
Nefs Masterpiece title in August. She had two other top tens and
earned nearly 200 million won, which left her 15th on the money
Lee was a little worse in 2012 on the KLPGA. She
had six top tens, with three fourths and two fifths her best finishes.
She wound up 24th on the money list.
She started the 2013 season playing in two international
events, achieving good results: a 13th at the Swinging Skirts in
Taiwan (against a world class field) and a 6th in China at the Hyundai
China Ladies Open. She ended up with a solid year on tour, finishing
12th on the money list with about 280 million won earned. She had
nine top tens, including runner-up finishes at the Woori Financial
and Lotte Mart Women's Open.
Lee finished just 31st on the money list in 2014.
Her best result of the year was a tie for 2nd at the Hyundai China
Ladies Open. She played LPGA Q-School in the Fall and finished tied
for 28th, which earned her conditional status on tour for 2015.
Lee only played three LPGA events in 2015, and earned
just $15,000. This enabled her to maintain very limited status for
2016. But in general, she focused on the KLPGA, which was a good
idea. She had a good season in Korea, notching her first win in
several years and finished 15th on the money list with around 282
million won earned.
Lee won the Samdasoo Ladies Masters in a July in
a playoff over So Yeon Park. In Gee Chun was not in the field, but
Inbee Park was. It was Lee's fifth career KLPGA win and first in
four years. Beside that win, she had six other top tens.
Lee played entirely on the KLPGA in 2016. Her best
finish was a runner-up at the Honma Golf Seoul Economy Ladies Classic
in late October. She also notched two other top tens and banked
a shade under 200 million won for the season, good enough to finish
29th on the money list.
In December, she returned to LPGA Q-School, and
this time earned a full card by finishing solo fifth.