Minjee Lee is the queen of the US Womens Open. A record success for the Australian who, at the Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club (par 71) in Southern Pines, North Carolina, won with a total of 271 (67 66 67 71, -13) strokes. Her success (the second in a Major after she arrived in 2021 at the Amundi Championship in Evian), allowed her to raise $1,800,000 out of a total prize pool of $10,000,000.
This is the highest win for a professional in the history of women’s golf in a single tournament.
Minjee Lee, US Women’s Open
“I am speechless, I can’t believe it. Winning the US Womens Open has always been my childhood dream and now I have achieved it.
It’s fantastic and it’s the best win of my career,” rejoices the 25-year-old from Perth. (but of South Korean origin). Leading from the second round, she dominated the scene by four shots ahead of the American Mina Harigae, second with 275 (-9) ahead of the South Korean Hye Jin Choy, third with 277 (-7).
While Jin Young Ko, number 1 in the world, ranked fourth with 278 (-6) and preceded New Zealand’s Lydia Ko, fifth with 279 (-5). For Lee, who lives in Irving, Texas, this is the eighth success of her career on the LPGA Tour. But her track record also includes two feats on the LET and one on the national circuit when she was still an amateur (Victorian Open, 2014).
Leading the race to CME Globe Points (the FedEx Cup for women), she joins Jan Stephenson (1983) and Kerry Webb (2000 and 2001) as the third Australian to win the US Women’s Open with this claim. Minjee Lee is the new American
US Women’s Open champion ($10 million in prize money). The Aussie finishes the job by managing the apparent lead built up in round three and wins the second Major of her career after the 2021 Evian Championship.
Lee only has to make par for par on the fourth lap, leaving him at -13 (271 shots). Complicated day for everyone, with very high scores and few surprises in the classification. Second place for the American Mina Harigae, who finished this excellent week with -9.
Completing the podium with a score of -7 was South Korea’s Hye-Jin Choi, who outwitted her compatriot Jin Hyung Ko for a single shot. -5 and fifth position for the New Zealander Lydia Ko, while with -4 the Swedish Anna Nordqvist and the English Bronte Low finished the tournament in sixth position.
On the par 71 course at the Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club in Southern Pines, North Carolina, Ireland’s Leona Maguire and Americans Nelly Korda and Megan Khang round out the top 10 in eighth place with a score of -two.
Collapses at best, but gets a good 11th place, Ingrid Lindblad. The young Swedish non-professional turns +5 and closes the event at -1 with Thailand’s Moriya Jutanugarn and China’s Xiyu Lin. For Minjee Lee, 26, from Perth, her success in North Carolina is the 11th of her glittering career. The number one in the world signs her second success of the season, further certifying her leadership in the ranking.