Minji Lee grew to become the third Australian to win the US Ladies’s Open, registering an enormous four-shot victory at Pine Needles on Monday (AEST).

After the Evian Championships in 2021, the 26-year-old ruthlessly transformed a three-stroke, 54-hole lead into the second main title of his profession.

No Australian had gained the US Ladies’s Open since Lee’s idol, Curry Webb, went back-to-back in 2001, the latter’s victory additionally coming at Pine Needles.

Jan Stephenson, who gained her third and closing Main in 1983, is the one different Australian to say the US Ladies’s Open.

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Minji Lee has turn out to be the third Australian to win the US Ladies’s Open.Supply: Getty Pictures

Within the win, Lee gained the biggest particular person cash prize in girls’s golf, price $1.8 million (A$2.5m).

The huge payday comes after sponsor ProMedica added practically doubling the US Open purse from $5.5 million to $10 million in 2022.

In take a look at situations on the ultimate day in North Carolina, Lee stood in a category of his personal, sending an ominous warning to his rivals with back-to-back birdies on the primary two holes.

This noticed his lead shortly lengthen to 5 photographs, giving him a cushty buffer to defend the rest of the spherical.

The bogeys at No. 5 and No. 7 weren’t sufficient to lastly stun the nerves as Lee fired two extra birdies en path to a par 71 within the closing spherical.

Minji Lee on 18th Inexperienced.Supply: Getty Pictures

She completed the Main at 14-under, 271 – the fewest strokes in event historical past – with clear daylight for runner-up Mina Harige (nine-under) and Hyejin Choi (seven-under) in third.

“I am speechless, I simply cannot imagine it,” Lee mentioned after the spherical.

“It is simply tremendous, tremendous particular and such an enormous honor. It has been my dream since I used to be slightly lady, it is one thing I’ve all the time wished to win.

“Now I’ve finished it and it feels wonderful.”

When requested about her $1.8 million payday, she mentioned that the prize cash in girls’s golf “is barely going to get higher from right here”.

She continued: “It is such an enormous quantity and I am actually honored to be the primary winner.”

In the meantime, Min Woo, brother of defending Scottish Open champion and world quantity 58 Lee, shared his pleasure on Twitter.

“It hits a tough one. Tears in my eyes,” he wrote.

“So proud. Only one child from Perth. Now two huge wins to his title. Motivational.

Lee is in career-best type and on his present path, he might quickly be ranked as the perfect participant on the planet.

The world quantity 4 has now gained two of the final 4 main video games, whereas claiming a prime 5 spot eventually 12 months’s British Open.

He’s solely the sixth Australian in {golfing} historical past, after Webb, Stephenson, Peter Thomson, David Graham and Greg Norman, to have gained as many majors.

Full US Ladies’s Open Leaderboard

271 – Minzy Lee (Australia) 67-66-67-71

275 – Meena Harige 64-69-70-72

277 – Choi Hye-jin (Cor) 71-64-72-70

278 – Ko Jin-young (Cor) 69-67-71-71

279 – Lydia Co (NZL) 72-69-66-72

280 – Anna Nordquist (SWE) 67-68-72-73, Bronte Regulation (ENG) 69-69-68-74

282 – Nelly Korda 70-69-70-73, Megan Khang 71-67-70-74, Leona Maguire (IRL) 70-70-68-74

283 – Moria Jutanugarn (THA) 69-68-71-75, A-Ingrid Lindblad (SWE) 65-71-71-76, Lin Ziyu (CHN) 71-69-67-76

284 – Kim Sei-young (Cor) 69-68-75-72

286 – Chun In-G (KOR) 72-73-69-72, Cheyenne Knight 74-71-69-72, Brooke Henderson (CAN) 72-73-68-73, Andrea Lee 70-68-72-76, Ji Eun-hee (Core) 70-69-69-78

287 – Pajari Annarukarn (THA) 70-73-72-72, Sakura Koiwai (JPN) 70-71-73-73, Charlie Hull (England) 75-68-70-74, Lexi Thompson 68-71-72-76

288 – Ally Ewing 68-74-74-72, Frida Kinhalt (SWE) 73-70-73-72, Ataya Thetikul (THA) 71-73-71-73, Alison Corpuz 69-74-71-74

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