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Golf: Australian Open review

It was a day of double disappointment for one family at the Australian Open, as both Min Woo Lee and Minjee Lee missed out securing the big prize at the Lakes Golf Club in Sydney.

Min Woo Lee began the final round of the men's tournament in a share of the lead with Rikuya Hoshino, but was unable to find his best form when it mattered, as the Japanese golfer went on to lose at the second play-off hole to Chile's Joaquin Niemann.

That meant that Lee missed out on becoming the first man to win the Australian PGA and the Australian Open back-to-back since Greg Chalmers in 2011.

Meanwhile, in the women's event, Minjee Lee was always an outsider as she started the day seven shots back from defending champion Ashleigh Buhai, who eventually held on by one shot to retain her title.

Lee misses opportunity to double up

Min Woo Lee was certainly well-placed to emulate the efforts of Chalmers from 12 years ago and add his name to a select list of six players who have claimed the PGA-Open double.

Prior to Chalmers doing so, Kel Nagle (1959), Peter Thomson (1967), Greg Norman (1985), Peter Lonard (2004) and Robert Allenby (2005) had achieved the notable double.

However, Lee just could not get hot on Sunday, as two bogeys on his outward nine left him with it all to do and he was able to get back just one shot in his final nine holes, as he signed for a 1-over par 72, which left him two shots adrift of both Hoshino and Niemann.

Niemann registered a superb 5-under 66 to look a likely winner in regulation, before the Japanese star matched his 14-under total, only to have to settle for the runners-up spot he also took behind Lee at the PGA last week.

Both Niemann and Hoshino birdied the first extra hole, before the Chilean drained an eagle putt at the next to take the spoils, with the two play-off participants claiming places at the Open Championship next summer.

Meanwhile, Lee was left to reflect on a missed opportunity, but also a fantastic two weeks back on home soil.

He told reporters: "The putts didn't go my way and I didn't hit it good enough, but I thought I scrambled really well.

"I think the positives out of that, I made up and down from literally everywhere. It's not good enough to win a tournament, but it's been a really good year."

Buhai holds on for repeat

While Min Woo Lee had to settle for third place in the men's event, his sister Minjee Lee almost snatched victory in the women's event, only to fall one shot short of catching reigning champion Buhai.

South African Buhai began the final round with a three-shot cushion, while she was a massive seven shots ahead of Lee, however, the last 18 holes served up plenty of drama before the dust settled.

Solid pars on the first 12 holes looked like being enough for Buhai to canter to victory, only for three birdies in her next six holes to draw her back to within touching distance of Lee.

Buhai regained her composure to par the 18th and celebrate a repeat of her 2022 triumph, with Lee left disappointed, but happy to have come so close to overturning the seven-shot overnight gap.

The two-time Major winner commented: "I'm happy but I'm a little unhappy at the same time.

"I was seven shots behind starting the day, so I just tried to do the very best that I could and stay in the moment really and try and focus on every single shot. I feel like I still had a solid tournament."

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