Updated: Jan, 2014

ILHEE LEE

The Facts

Birthday: December 13, 1988
Rookie Year on LPGA: 2010
Birthplace: South Korea
Best LPGA Finish: Win (2013 Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic)
Best Major Finish:
T-4th (2012 US Women's Open)
Best score: 64 (2013 Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia)
Best Scoring Average for a year: 71.93 (2013)
Best Season Money Total: $595,800 (2013)
Best Season Money Position: 24th (2013)
Most Top Tens/Season: 3 (2013)

Rookie of the Year Finish: Well back

Height: 5' 6"
2014 LPGA Status: Category 1
Sponsors: Volvik
Hobbies: Unknown
How's her English?: Unknown
Road to the LPGA: Earned exempt status in 2010 by finishing 20th at 2009 LPGA Q-School

Capsule Bio

Ilhee Lee turned professional in Jun of 2006. She joined the KLPGA, where she played for the next few years. In 2009, she entered qualifying school for the LPGA. After the final round had ended, she found herself tied for the final card with another player. She had a multi-hole playoff, finally winning it to earn the last full tour card for 2010.

Lee had an OK rookie season in 2010. She finished with a bang, though, with her two best finishes, including her only top ten, coming in her final two events. She maintained playing status on tour for 2011.

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Seoul Sisters Pix

In 2011, Ilhee split her time between the KLPGA and LPGA tours. She finished 91st on the LPGA money list to maintain category 11 status there. In Korea, her best finish was a 10th place at the KLPGA Championship.

Ilhee had a breakout year on the LPGA in 2012, thanks largely to two tournaments. She was phenomenal at the US Women's Open, notching a tie for 4th, her best ever Major AND regular tour result. The next time she played, she managed another top ten at another huge event: 9th at the Evian Masters. She also shot a 66 in the first round there.

In all, she smashed her previous best money list total by making over $355,000 for the year and finishing 40th on the money list.

Ilhee topped herself again in 2013 with her new best season. Included was her first career LPGA win, which came in tough conditions at the rain shortened Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic. She also notched two more top tens and wound up with her best seasonal money list total, position, and scoring average ever.

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