September 26, 2022
'Huge for all the little girls': Minjee Lee out to inspire young Australian golfers

She had dreamed of winning the US Women’s Open since she was a little kid in Perth, and Minjee Lee hopes her triumph can make her a positive role model for other young Australian golfers, particularly girls.

Lee joined her country’s all-time greats as a multiple major champion with a runaway victory in North Carolina on Sunday. The 26-year-old world No 4 shot 71 and finished at a record-breaking 13-under-par 271 at Pine Needles to collect an unprecedented $1.8m payday.

“I mean, this is pretty special. This is the one that I’ve always wanted to win since I was a little kid,” said Lee. “Just looking at the whole crowd and just everybody down the fairways. It was a pretty special moment for me.”

Lee became only the third Australian woman to win the prestigious competition after making a five-foot putt to seal the day. She joined golfing legends Karrie Webb and Jan Stephenson as the only female Australian golfers to win multiple majors.

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