Minjee Lee wins biggest payday in women's golf after major triumph

  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
·4-min read
In this article:
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
Australia's Minjee Lee claimed the biggest payday in women's golf history after winning the US Open title by four strokes. Pic: Getty
Australia's Minjee Lee claimed the biggest payday in women's golf history after winning the US Open title by four strokes. Pic: Getty

Australia's Minjee Lee has made history after winning the US Open trophy for the richest payday ever seen in women's golf.

Lee joined Australia's all-time golfing greats as a multiple major champion with a runaway victory at the mega-rich US Women's Open in North Carolina.

TRAGEDY: Tributes flow for Bart Bryant after PGA great's death at 59

CONTROVERSY: Ugly new Dustin Johnson fallout amid $3 billion golfing war

'SO CRUEL': Golf world gutted for star amid PGA Championship 'disaster'

The 26-year-old converted a three-stroke, third-round lead into a four-shot triumph at Pine Needles Country Club to pocket a staggering $US1.8 million ($A2.5m).

Lee closed with a final round 71 to finish four shots clear of America's Mina Harigae on 13-under for the tournament - setting the lowest 72-hole score in the tournament's history.

The Perth golfer is the third Australian to win the US Women's Open, the biggest event in female golf, after Karrie Webb (2000 and 2001) and Jan Stephenson (1983).

"I'm speechless. I can't believe it right now," Lee said.

"It's just super, super special and a great honour and it's been my dream since I was a little goal, the one I always wanted to win.

"So now I've done it and it just feels amazing."

Minjee Lee joins Aussie greats with US Open title

The West Australian's dominant victory follows her breakthrough maiden major at the Evian Championship last July and is set to catapult Lee from fourth to No.2 in the world.

The 2022 US Women's Open carried a total purse of $US10 million ($A14m) - the biggest prize pool in women's golf history.

"It's such a large sum and I'm really honoured to be the first winner of the sum but we're only going to get better and better," Lee said.

"We're only moving in the right direction."

Pictured here, Australia's Minjee Lee posing in front of the scoreboard after winning the 77th US Women's Open.
Australia's Minjee Lee poses in front of the scoreboard after winning the 77th US Women's Open at Pine Needles. Pic: Getty

The win also elevated Lee into esteemed company as the sixth Australian golfer to have captured multiple majors.

Webb, with seven major championships, Stephenson (3) and men's greats Peter Thomson (5), Greg Norman (2) and David Graham (2) are the only other Australians to have won more than one.

After starting the final round three shots ahead, 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'd 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 PGA Championship from June 23-26.

She could potentially replace Korean Jin Young Ko as world No.1 if she wins at Congressional Country Club in Maryland.

with agencies

Click here to sign up to our newsletter for all the latest and breaking stories from Australia and around the world.

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting