JAMES CITY — LPGA Tour rookie Minjee Lee is a teenager with immense promise — former No. 1-ranked amateur in the world, top-30 finishes in three major tournaments last year.
She cashed a handful of checks this season, but learned that competing and contending as a professional is far more taxing than as an amateur, even as she watched fellow rookies win tournaments and hoist trophies.
Lee came to Kingsmill figuring simply to add to her professional reservoir. Four days and 45 minutes later, she left as a champion.
Two weeks shy of her 19th birthday, the Aussie native improbably put together the best week of golf in her life and bested a top-shelf field at the...