November 28, 2018 / 3:35 AM / 14 days ago

Lee becomes first woman to win Australia's Greg Norman Medal

FILE PHOTO: Aug 26, 2018; Regina, Saskatchewan, CAN; Minjee Lee plays her shot from the second tee during the final round of the Canadian Pacific Women's golf tournament at Wascana Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

(Reuters) - Minjee Lee has become the first woman to win Greg Norman Medal as the best Australian golfer on the international stage after a brilliant year that saw her break into the top 10 of the world rankings.

The 22-year-old, who rose to number six in the world in 2018, joins twice-winner Jason Day and Marc Leishman in the list of winners of Australian golf’s most prestigious individual honour.

“I’m humbled to have won such a prestigious award alongside two amazing golfers already in Marc and Jason,” said Lee.

“I’ve had a great 2018 season and this is a really nice way to be acknowledged for that ... hopefully (I) can have a bigger and better one next year.”

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru, editing by Nick Mulvenney

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