Mi Hyang Lee started playing golf when she
was just 3 years old (!). By the time she reached her late
teens, she was one of the better amateurs in the country.
She played in KLPGA events, including the 2010 Daewoo Securities
Classic, where she contended for two rounds before finishing
tied for 19th.
Still in her teens, Lee turned pro late in
2011 and attended LPGA Q-School. She finished tied for 29th
to earn limited membership on tour for 2012.
Lee played few LPGA events in 2012, owing
to her poor status on tour. Instead, she focused on the Symetra
Tour, where she played well enough to earn full membership
on the LPGA for 2013. She had one win at the Symetra Classic,
three other top tens, and finished 6th on tour. She also earned
the Symetra Tour's Rookie of the Year award.
Mi Hyang had a better 2013, finishing 92nd
on the tour money list while making 8 cuts. Her best week
by far came at the year's final Major, the Evian Championship,
where she notched her career best finish, a tie for 19th,
and made more money in one week than she had made in her LPGA
career to that point. She also had her career best round,
a 64, at the Manulife Classic, and gave herself a good card
for the 2014 season.
Lee had a great start to 2014. She played
the LET's New Zealand Women's Open. Well back entering the
final round, she shocked defending champion and home country
star Lydia Ko by shooting a course record 63 to beat the teen
and capture her first career pro win! Ko finished second.
Mi Hyang went on to have a breakthrough season
on the LPGA. She had never even had a top ten in her career
on the LPGA, but in 2014 she had four. She had her best Major
at the Nabisco, a T-16th, and also played well at the Reignwood
Classic in China and the Sime Darby in Malaysia. But it was
in Japan at the Mizuno Classic that she really sizzled, winning
her first career LPGA event there.
Lee wound up 31st on the money list (her previous
best? 92nd) with more than $546,000 earned (she had never
earned six figures on tour in a season before).
Mi Hyang improved yet again in 2015, having
her best season in money earned, scoring average, and overall
results. Her Major record was especially impressive: she had
a t-4th at the Evian, a t-8th at the ANA Inspiration, and
top 20s at the British and US Women's Opens. Her Evian result
was her best ever Major finish. In all, she notched 4 top
tens during the year, and made $647,865. She did not manage
a win, but her finish of 22nd on the money list qualified
her for the ING Champions, a KLPGA-LPGA team tournament at
the end of the year.
Mi Hyang also played at the KLPGA's Volvik
Women's Open, but missed the cut.
Mi Hyang's 2016 season was a little worse
than her 2015, but comparable. She finished 42nd on the money
list with $442,952 earned. She had two top tens. Her best
result came at the Manulife LPGA Classic, where she finished
tied for second.
Lee also played at the ING Champions team
competition in November. Representing the Koreans on the LPGA
tour, she lost one team match, and won another when teamed
with Volvik co-sponsoree Chella Choi. She also won her singles
match against Cecilia Cho, and helped the LPGA to a 13-11
win over the KLPGA.