Ilhee Lee wins 1st LPGA Tour event in short week

Ilhee Lee

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — A week like no other on the LPGA Tour ended with Ilhee Lee winning for the first time.

Lee made a clutch par putt to keep a one-shot lead, and then drilled a fairway metal onto the par-5 18th green to set up a two-putt birdie. She closed with a 5-under 42 on Sunday for a two-shot win over Irene Cho in the Bahamas LPGA Classic.

It was only fitting that the tournament ended in a downpour. Flooding earlier in the week left so much of the Ocean Club under water that the tour's best option was to shorten the course to 12 holes and play three rounds to reach the 36 holes required for an official event.

Lee birdied her first three holes and held her nerves until the end.

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