Minji Lee holds the record for winning the US Women’s Open

Minji Lee US Women's Open

Minji Lee of Australia poses with the trophy after winning the 77th US Women’s Open at Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club on June 05, 2022 in the Southern Pines of North Carolina. Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images / AFP (Kevin C. Cox’s photo / Getty Images North America / Getty Images via AFP)

Australia’s Minji Lee shot 71-even shots on Sunday and won by four shots while winning the US Women’s Open at Pine Needles Lodge in South Pines, NC and Golf Club.

Lee finished 13-under 271 when he comfortably surpassed Mina Harige and won the second major title of his career.

She holds the record for a total of US Women’s Open, surpassing the 272 marks shared by Anika Sorenstein (1996 in Pine Needles), Julie Inkster (1999 at Old Waverly) and In G Chun (2015 in Lancaster).

Lee’s second major crown was easier than his first, as he led throughout the final round. Last year, he advanced seven strokes to claim his first major title by defeating South Korea’s Jeonjun Lee 6 in a play-off at the 2021 Evian Championships in France.

Lee, 26, is the only Australian to have won the US Women’s Open with Jan Stephenson (1983) and Carrie Webb (2000, 2001). Web’s second win also came in Pine Needles.

“It’s really special,” Lee told a news conference. “It simply came to our notice then. It seems quite amazing to be able to get it done today. I can’t believe it. “

Lee received a record check for জ 1.8 million for his win. This is the eighth LPGA title of his career.

“We are moving in the right direction. I think it’s just going to get better from here, “Lee said of the winner’s check. “It’s such a big number and I’m really honored to be the first winner of the sum, but we’re just going to get better and better.”

Lee started the final round with a three-shot lead over Harig and had four birdies and four bogeys in his round. She jumped her first two holes to jumpstart her day.

“I was pretty nervous all around,” Lee said. “I got off to a good start, I had two birdies off my bat and it was nice to get that little buffer. I didn’t hit it well today. I saved really well. “

On Sunday, Harrig shot 1-over 72 and finished 9-under 275.

He received 1 million for second place and said he thought about the prize money as he expanded.

“I’m not going to lie,” Harige said. “The last couple of holes in my stomach hurt. I was really stressed out. I was focusing on one shot at a time and making solid contact and just hitting the putts. “

Harige, 32, was unable to run with just one birdie (No. 15) per day. He bogged the other two.

Harige, who has never won an LPGA title, says he is proud of himself.

“I’m really able to handle myself there and I’m there.” Dr. Harige.

South Korea’s Hi-Jin Choi has 70 shots and is third in 7-under 277.

World No. 1 is South Korea’s Jin Young Ko (71) 6 under 4 and New Zealand’s Lydia Ko (72) is 5 under 5.

Sweden’s Anna Nordkvist (73) and England’s Bronte Law (74) tied for sixth in the 4-under 280.

Nellie Corda (73), Megan Khang (74) and Leona Maguire (74) of Ireland tied the eighth and 2 under.

Sweden’s Ingrid Lindblad (76) was less amateur with 1-under 283. He tied in 11th place.

Canada’s Brooke Henderson (73) finished 15th in 2-over 286, Lexi Thompson (76) finished 20th in 3 overs and Daniel Kang (79) finished 63rd in 13-over 297.

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