Updated: January, 2017

MI RIM LEE

The Facts

Birthday: October 25, 1990
Rookie Year on LPGA: 2014
LPGA Wins: 2
Best LPGA Major Finish: T-2nd (2016 Ricoh Women's British Open)
Best score: 62 (twice)
Best Scoring Average for a year: 70.70 (2016)
Best Season Money Total: $933,849 (2014)
Best Season Money Position: 14th (2014)
Most Top Tens/Season:
6 (2016)
Rookie of the Year Finish: 2nd

Height: 5' 8"
2017 LPGA Status: Category 1
Nicknames: None known
Sponsors: NH Financial
How's her English?: Decent
Road to the LPGA: Finished second at 2013 LPGA Qualifying School to earn membership for 2014

Capsule Bio

Mi Rim Lee turned pro in 2009 and played on the KLPGA's developmental tour that season. In 2010, she graduated to the big leagues. She finished 40th on the money list that season, with her best finish a tie for 9th.

2011 was her breakout year. After a decent but unspectacular start to her year, Lee surprised the tour by winning at the S-OIL Champions for her first victory. It was her only win of the year, but she also had a runner up finish at the Hite Cup and an 8th place finish as well. She wound up 13th on the money list.

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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 24th.

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 tournament.

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.

Mirim had a fantastic season in 2016. She ended up making almost the identical amount of money as she made in 2014, just a couple of hundred dollars less. She had one more top ten and finished 17th on the money list. But it was at the Majors where she made her mark. She missed the cut at the Evian and ANA, but at the other three Majors, she was a factor.

At the KPMG, she had a share of the 36 hole lead, but struggled on Saturday and wound up tied for 4th after a Sunday rally. At the US Women's Open, however, she made history, shooting an 8 under par 64 in the first round. Her ten birdies was the most anyone had ever shot in a single round at the Open before. Alas, she was not so strong the rest of the time and finished tied for 11th.

Finally it all seemed to come together for Mirim at the British Women's Open in late July. She shot a blistering first round 62 to take the lead. She didn't come close to that the rest of the week, but still found herself in the hunt on Sunday. Alas, Thai star Ariya Jutanugarn hung on for the win, but Lee finished tied for 2nd, her best ever Major result.

Her other strong results include a tie for 2nd at the Marathon Classic and a solo third at the Reignwood Classic behind In Kyung Kim and MJ Hur. In November, Mirim played for the LPGA team at the ING Champions team event. She won one of two team matches, pairing with Q Baek to take down KLPGA stars Cecilia Cho and Seon Woo Bae 4 & 2. She also won her singles match against Su Yeon Jang one up. The LPGA won the event 13-11.

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