Jun 4, 2022; Southern Pines, North Carolina, USA; Minjee Lee hits a tee shot on the twelfth hole during the third round of the U.S. Women’s Open. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
SOUTHERN PINES, N.C., June 5 (Reuters) – Australian Minjee Lee secured the biggest prize in women’s golf with an emphatic four-stroke victory at the U.S. Women’s Open at Pine Needles on Sunday.
The 26-year-old from Perth made a hot start to the final round with birdies at the first two holes and was never headed en route to an even-par 71 in demanding conditions that made it tough for her pursuers to make a charge.
Lee finished at 13-under-par 271, collecting $1.8 million from a record total purse of $10 million, while American Mina Harigae (72) claimed second place on nine-under.