Minjee Lee’s dominating victory at the US Women’s Open, in numbers | Golf News and Tour Information
Minjee Lee started the final round of the US Women’s Open at Pine Needles with a three-stroke lead. After starting the birdie-birdie final round, she further widened her gap on the court. The 26-year-old Australian left no doubt as she won the US Women’s Open by four against Mina Harigae. Here are some of the most impressive stats from Lee’s win. Several of these come from Justin Ray of TwentyFirst Group:
Lee set the record for the lowest 72 hole score in US Women’s Open history. The previous mark was 272, reached by three players: Annika Sorenstam in 1996, Juli Inkster in 1999 and In Gee Chun in 2015.
In January, the USGA announced that the US Women’s Open purse would nearly double. The purse went from $5.5 million to $10 million, with the winner taking home $1.8 million. This is the biggest winner’s check a woman has ever won in professional golf.
Over four rounds at Pine Needles, Lee birdied 22 times. It was the most of anyone on the court, by three.
Lee set the 54-hole scoring record, beating Juli Inkster’s previous low score. Inkster was at 201 after three rounds in 1999.
Lee hit 79% of greens in regulation at Pine Needles, tied for third in championship statistics.
At the start of the week, Lee was ranked 144th in shots won/putts. But at Pine Needles, she was ranked second in that same stat. Averaged over the week, she gained 2.47 strokes per turn on the court with her putting.
When Lee birdied the first hole Sunday at Pine Needles, she became the third player to reach 14 under or better at the US Women’s Open. The other two are Juli Inkster (1999) and Ariya Jutanugarn (2018).
Lee joins Jan Stephenson and Karrie Webb as the third Australian to win multiple majors and the third Australian to win the US Women’s Open. Lee won his first major at the Amundi Evian Championship in 2021.