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Mirim Lee picked up her first LPGA victory on Sunday at the Meijer LPGA Classic in a playoff over Inbee Park.
Mirim Lee picked up her first LPGA victory on Sunday at the Meijer LPGA Classic in a playoff over Inbee Park.

The only woman standing between Mirim Lee and her first LPGA Tour title was nine-time winner and 2013 Rolex Player of the Year Inbee Park.

But the 23-year-old rookie rose to the occasion, making birdie on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff to beat out Park and take the Meijer LPGA Classic title.

Lee shot a 2-under 69 Sunday at Blythefield Country Club in Grand Rapids, Mich., finishing the tournament at 14 under. She entered the final round trailing Park by 1 stroke, but had four birdies through 18 holes, with the biggest of the four coming as a ...

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Categories: Inbee Park, LPGA, 2014, Top Stories
Cassie Stein
Inbee Park on the second hole during the third round of the Meijer LPGA Classic.
Inbee Park on the second hole during the third round of the Meijer LPGA Classic.

Inbee Park shot a 3-under 68 on Saturday to retain the lead at the Meijer LPGA Classic at Blythefield Country Club in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Park made her first bogey in 38 holes in the third round on the par-4 15th. Her bogey was sandwiched in between two of her four birdies she made on the day.

Park sits at 13-under 200 after 54 holes.

Mirim Lee is in second place, one-shot back of Park, after a third-round 4-under 67. In third, two shots back of Park, is Suzann Petersen, who shot a 69 in the third round.

Other notables ...

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Cassie Stein
Michelle Wie will miss three to five weeks due to a stress reaction in the bone of her right index finger.
Michelle Wie will miss three to five weeks due to a stress reaction in the bone of her right index finger.

Michelle Wie will miss three to five weeks of competition due to a stress reaction in the bone of her right index finger, according to a release from IMG.

Wie, the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open champion, WD'd earlier this week after nine holes of the LPGA’s brand-new event, the Meijer LPGA Classic at Blythefield Country Club in Grand Rapids, Mich.

After WD’ing, she saw Dr. Tom Graham at the Cleveland Clinic, who told her about her finger.

“I was looking forward to playing the next three weeks,” Wie said in the IMG release. “It’s ...

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Cassie Stein
Michelle Wie will miss three to five weeks due to a stress reaction in the bone of her right index finger.
Michelle Wie will miss three to five weeks due to a stress reaction in the bone of her right index finger.

Michelle Wie withdrew from the Meijer LPGA Classic on Thursday, citing a hand injury.

Wie was halfway through her first round at Blythefield Country Club in Grand Rapids, Mich., when she went to the LPGA medical trailer and emerged with a bandage on her right wrist and hand, according to a MLive.com report.

“I don't know what happened," Wie said. "It just kind of started hurting last week and just started getting worse and got to the point where I couldn't really hold a club today.

"So I'm just going to try to get an MRI ...

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Brentley Romine
Amy Lee won the 2013 Junior PGA Championship. Starting in 2014, the boys and girls champion of the event will receive a PGA Tour and LPGA exemption, respectively.
Amy Lee won the 2013 Junior PGA Championship. Starting in 2014, the boys and girls champion of the event will receive a PGA Tour and LPGA exemption, respectively.

BRYAN, Texas – For the first time, the winners of the Junior PGA Championship will earn PGA Tour and LPGA exemptions, the PGA of America announced Tuesday.

The boys' champion this week at Miramont County Club will receive an invite to the 2015 Valero Texas Open on March 26-29 at TPC San Antonio. The girls' champion will be invited to play in the 2015 Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic on April 24-27 at Lake Merced Golf Club near San Francisco.

“We are incredibly honored to partner with events on both the PGA Tour and LPGA Tour, which allow our Junior PGA champions ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
Golden Ocala in north-central Florida is set to host the LPGA's 2015 season opener.
Golden Ocala in north-central Florida is set to host the LPGA's 2015 season opener.

The LPGA will open its 2015 season at Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club, according to a letter posted on the Ocala, Fla., club’s website. Coates Golf, a club manufacturer in nearby Silver Springs, will title-sponsor the event, said Joe Donnelly, Golden Ocala’s general manager, in the letter to members.

LPGA spokesman Kraig Kann would not comment, but players were informed via email July 28. The LPGA issued a news release July 29 confirming the Ocala event.

The Coates Golf Championship will be played Jan. 28-31, ending on a Saturday so as not to run up against the Super ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
The winning International Crown team of Spain: Azahara Munoz (from left), Belen Mozo, Beatriz Recari and Carlota Ciganda.
The winning International Crown team of Spain: Azahara Munoz (from left), Belen Mozo, Beatriz Recari and Carlota Ciganda.

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Mike Whan called Saturday at the International Crown one of the greatest Saturdays in LPGA history. It had all the drama and pressure of a major championship Sunday. And it delivered what fans have wanted for years: a U.S. vs. South Korea showdown.

On Sunday, those who tuned in for the singles finale might have learned what many have known for years: These Spanish girls are a blast.

It’s something Whan had envisioned from the start. The Crown introduces fans to players they might not otherwise know such as the spirited Mozo, who’s fond ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
Stacy Lewis looks on as Korea knocked out the United States in a sudden-death playoff at the LPGA's International Crown.
Stacy Lewis looks on as Korea knocked out the United States in a sudden-death playoff at the LPGA's International Crown.

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – The International Crown was fantastic right up until the point when the U.S. got knocked out. That’s not opinion, it’s a fact for all involved – sponsors, fans, TV viewers. Sunday’s rainy forecast for Caves Valley got even gloomier when South Korea eliminated the home team in a sudden-death total score playoff.

The four American players – who admittedly underperformed the first day – walked into the interview room in a mild state of shock. Paula Creamer was all set to walk out on the first tee to Lenny Kravitz’s “American Woman” on Sunday (player ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
Stacy Lewis, Lexi Thompson, Cristie Kerr and Paula Creamer hug after winning their Day 2 matches at the LGPA International Crown at Caves Valley Golf Club.
Stacy Lewis, Lexi Thompson, Cristie Kerr and Paula Creamer hug after winning their Day 2 matches at the LGPA International Crown at Caves Valley Golf Club.

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – What a difference a day makes. The Americans went from shut out to clean sweep on Day 2 of the International Crown, posting four points to sit in a tie for second with Taiwan in Pool A. Thailand, a team of smiles, leads way in that pool with five points.

It was more than a moral victory for Team USA. Imagine what Sunday at Caves Valley would look like with no home team?

“We needed that little bit of a wake‑up call,” said Paula Creamer.

Stacy Lewis gathered the team on the range Friday morning and ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
Lexi Thompson of the U.S. follows her tee shot on the 18th hole during Day 1 of the International Crown.
Lexi Thompson of the U.S. follows her tee shot on the 18th hole during Day 1 of the International Crown.

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – It’s probably safe to assume that if the International Crown blossoms into an event rich in history like the Solheim Cup, few details of opening day will be stored in the memory bank decades from now. Except for this startling fact: The Americans were shut out.

That’s right, the host team and No. 1-seeded USA failed to score a point against eighth-seeded Taiwan. The Americans never led in either match and, of the eight teams who qualified, were the only ones pointless in Day 1 four-balls.

“We hate losing,” said Paula Creamer.

For many players ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
The top of the trophy that will be taken home by the winning International Crown team.
The top of the trophy that will be taken home by the winning International Crown team.

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Yani Tseng hopes she doesn’t cry on the first tee when she hears Taiwan’s national anthem. Golf is a lonely sport, Tseng said, and she’s grateful for the chance finally to compete on a team at the LPGA’s inaugural International Crown.

“Every time I see Solheim Cup, I’m so excited,” Tseng said. “I wish I was part of it. Doesn’t matter which country I play for; I wish I was in a team event.”

That’s precisely why the LPGA created the Crown event, to give players from other countries, particularly ...

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Bill Zimmerman
Lydia Ko shot a 6-under 65 on Sunday to win the LPGA's Marathon Classic.
Lydia Ko shot a 6-under 65 on Sunday to win the LPGA's Marathon Classic.

With a birdie at the 18th, her sixth of the day, Lydia Ko fired a 65 to win by a shot over So Yeon Ryu on Sunday at the LPGA's Marathon Classic.

"I knew I needed to make birdie," Ko said of the final hole. She was bogey-free en route to her second win this season.

Cristie Kerr shot 67 to finish third at 12 under.

Laura Diaz, who led the first two rounds and shared the third-round lead with Lee-Anne Pace, was 2 over on the front nine and fell from contention; as did Pace, who was 1 ...

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Laura Diaz gets an assist from caddie Pete Smith during the LPGA's 2014 Marathon Classic in Sylvania, Ohio.
Laura Diaz gets an assist from caddie Pete Smith during the LPGA's 2014 Marathon Classic in Sylvania, Ohio.

Laura Diaz remains in the lead at the LPGA's Marathon Classic – but with her first round of the week in the 70s, a third-round 71, she has opened the door somewhat and shares the lead with Lee-Anne Pace after Saturday's third round in Sylvania, Ohio.

Diaz opened par-par-birdie before a double bogey at the fourth, driven by a penalty for moving her ball, seemed costly. After running off four straight pars, however, she erased the double bogey with an eagle 2 on Highland Meadows' driveable par-4 ninth.

"The way I look at golf is you don't get ...

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Bill Zimmerman
Laura Diaz during the LPGA's 2014 Marathon Classic in Sylvania, Ohio.
Laura Diaz during the LPGA's 2014 Marathon Classic in Sylvania, Ohio.

With three birdies in her last four holes, Laura Diaz secured the lead at the LPGA's Marathon Classic for a second day. Diaz shot 69 Friday to stay three shots ahead of Lydia Ko and Lee-Anne Pace.

Diaz's only two bogeys in 36 holes came Friday as she moved to 11 under. The veteran is chasing her third career win, both of the others having come in 2002. Diaz also is looking for her first top-10 finish since the 2010 LPGA Championship – and admitted feeling some pressure from within.

"For me, it was just a challenge because I ...

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Bill Zimmerman
Laura Diaz during Thursday's first round of the LPGA's 2014 Marathon Classic in Sylvania, Ohio.
Laura Diaz during Thursday's first round of the LPGA's 2014 Marathon Classic in Sylvania, Ohio.

Much like Steve Stricker's semi-retirement schedule of late, Laura Diaz has taken plenty of time away from professional golf – choosing instead to focus on raising her two children. Thursday, however, she also excelled on the course with a bogey-free 62 at Highland Meadows in Sylvania, Ohio, to take a four-shot lead in the first round of the LPGA's Marathon Classic.

Diaz got the day started with birdies at Nos. 10-14 – then missed a 7-foot putt that would have given her a sixth consecutive. Scattering four birdies the rest of the way, she got to the clubhouse in 9 ...

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