Minjee Lee wins her second major title with dominant victory at US Women’s Open

Minjee Lee wins her second major title with dominant victory at US Women’s Open

… and so a typically tough US Open comes to an end. How tough? Well, only Choi Hye-jin and Jeongeun Lee were under par today!

Minjee Lee has joined Karrie Webb and Jan Stephenson as winners of the US Women’s Open with a four-stroke victory at the Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club.

Minjee Lee has joined Australia’s all-time golf greats as a multiple major champion with a runaway victory at the US Women’s Open in North Carolina.

Lee converted a three-stroke third-round lead into a four-shot triumph at Pine Needles Country Club to pocket a cheque for $US1.8m ($A2.5m).

While the highlights of winner Minjee Lee’s final round were arguably the collection of nerveless up-and-downs and clutch putts around the turn. It’s hard to win a US Open, yet the magnificent Minjee did it with a mixture of pluck and panache. She’s a multiple major champion now, having won the one she wanted the most. She held off quite a field, too. Here’s how the top of the leaderboard looked after it all came down.

-13: Minjee Lee
-9: Mina Harigae
-7: Choi Hye-jin
-6: Ko Jin-young
-5: Lydia Ko
-4: Anna Nordqvist, Bronte Law
-2: Nelly Korda, Megan Khang, Leona Maguire
-1: Moriya Jutanugarn, Ingrid Lindblad (a), Xiyu Lin

After starting the final round three clear, Lee all but slammed the door shut on the chasing pack with consecutive birdies on the first two holes to charge five clear.

The world No 4 then made bogeys on the fifth and seventh holes but still reached the turn where she had started at 13 under par, while her American playing partner Mina Harigae had dropped one shot to slip four behind.

Lee turned the back nine into a procession as her challengers fell away, with Harigae (72) finishing runner-up.

Already the LPGA Tour’s 2022 scoring average leader and victorious in her last two stroke play starts, Lee’s next target will be the Women’s British Open next month.

She could potentially replace Korean Jin Young Ko as world No 1 if she wins the final women’s major of the year at Muirfield.

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