Minjee Lee has joined fellow golfing greats such as Karrie Webb and Jan Stephenson in securing victory at the US Women’s Open on Monday, June 6, receiving the biggest single payday in women’s golf history in the process.
The 26-year-old becomes the third Australian to win the US Women’s Open with a four-stroke victory in the final round at Pine Needles Country Club in North Carolina. Her final score of 13-under came in just three shots shy of the all-time US Open scoring record.
No other Australian had won the tournament since Karrie Webb took the title in 2001 and Jan Stephenson in 1983 for her third and final major.
Her momentous victory has earned her the tournament’s $2.5 million ($US1.8 million) winner’s prize, which is the largest in women’s golf history and comes less than a year after Lee’s major win in the Evian Championships in 2021.
Peak performance at Pine Needles!
— U.S. Women’s Open (USGA) (@uswomensopen) June 5, 2022
Lee was lost for words following her historic win.
“I’m speechless, I can’t believe it right now,” she said.
“It’s just super, super special and such a great honour. It’s been my dream since I was a little girl, it’s the one that I’ve always wanted to win.
“Now I’ve done it and it just feels amazing.”
Lee claimed that following her victory the pay rate for women’s golf is “only going to get better from here”.
“It’s such a large sum and I’m really honoured to be the first winner of it,” she said.
Following Lee’s winning performance at Pine Needles, the praise poured in thick and fast across social media.
The Australian Olympic team offered their congratulations to Lee via Twitter for her “impressive” performance.
The 26-year-old from Perth finished an impressive four strokes clear of the field, claiming her second Major. She is only the third Aussie woman to win multiple Majors.@golfaust pic.twitter.com/M3O79dp8PQ
— AUS Olympic Team (@AUSOlympicTeam) June 5, 2022
Golf Australia called for a round of applause for Australia’s latest sporting great.
— Golf Australia ⛳️ (@GolfAust) June 5, 2022
The Golf Channel praised Lee’s “record-breaking performance”.