Mirim had an even better 2012 than 2011. The
highlight was when she won the Korean Women's Open in August,
outlasting both Ha Neul Kim and Hye Youn Kim in the final
round to claim her first Major trophy. She also had a runner-up
finish in May and five other top tens. She finished 7th on
the 2012 money list with nearly 287 million won earned.
She also found time to play in the Evian Masters,
where she had her best ever LPGA finish to date, a tie for
In 2013, Mi Rim (as she now called herself)
focused on earning a tour card for the LPGA, but still played
a bunch of events on the KLPGA tour. Her best week came at
the KG EDaily Ladies Open in April. She faced down two of
the tour's top players, Ha Na Jang and Hyo Joo Kim, and won
after chipping in a birdie on the 17th hole in the final round
to beat those two by a shot. Another highlight was finishing
4th in defense of her Korean Women's Open title.
In the second half of the year she mainly
focused on Q-School. It paid: in the finals, she finished
well behind runaway winner Jaye Marie Green, who shot an insane
29 under par five round total. But Lee was second at 19 under,
shooting an all time record 61 in round 3 in the process.
She earned her full status LPGA tour card for 2014 as a result!
Mirim Lee had a fantastic LPGA rookie season
in 2014, making nearly a million dollars and carding four
top ten finishes. She got off to a great start by nearly winning
the Founders Cup, one of her first events of the year. She
cooled down a bit after that, but notched a few top twenties.
Then, at the Meier Classic, she faced down world #2 golfer
Inbee Park, beating her in a two hole playoff for her first
career LPGA win. The next week she had a 6th place finish
at the LPGA Championship.
During the six-event Asian swing in the Fall,
Lee again caught fire. She played brilliantly at the Reignwood
Classic, this time faced with the #1 golfer in the world,
Stacy Lewis. Lee nearly hit her tee shot into the water on
the par 3 17th hole on Sunday. It sat precariously on the
rocks, but somehow Lee chipped the ball from there onto the
green, then made a 30 foot par save. She went on to win the
Lee finished 2nd in the Rookie of the Year
standings. For her final bow, she played on the Korean team
at the Korea-Japan Team Championship, winning both her matches
(one paired with Chella Choi).
Mirim's second season on the LPGA was comparable
to her first. Although she didn't win, she did notch one more
top ten than in 2014. She finished with about $680 thousand,
good for 19th on the money list.
Her best finish was a second at the Kia Classic.
She led much of the week and looked likely to continue the
unbeaten streak the Koreans had amassed to that point in 2015.
But on Sunday, she missed too many putts and made too many
mistakes, and Cristie Kerr won it in the end.
Mirim Lee also played in the year ending LPGA
vs. KLPGA team matches. She won a team up with Mi Hyang Lee,
but lost in her singles match against Min Sun Kim.