Updated: January, 2017

MI HYANG LEE

The Facts

Birthday: 23 in 2015
Rookie Year on LPGA: 2012
Birthplace: South Korea
Best LPGA Finish: Win (2014 Mizuno Classic)
Best LPGA Major Finish:
T-4th (2014 Evian Championship)
Best Score: 62 (2016 JTBC Founders Cup)
Best Scoring Average for a year: 71.38 (2015)
Best Season money total:
$647,865 (2015)
Best Season Money Position:
22nd (2015)
Most Top Tens/Season:
4 (2014, 2015)

Rookie of the Year finish: Way back

Height: Unknown
2017 LPGA Status: Category 1
Sponsors: Volvik
Hobbies: Unknown
How's her English?: Unknown
Road to the LPGA: Earned category 16 status in 2012 by finishing 29th at 2011 LPGA Q-School

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Capsule Bio

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.

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