Australian Lee wins US Women’s Golf Open

SOUTHERN PINES, North Carolina, USA — The spectacular Australian Minjee Lee finally achieved victory. Lee won the US Women's Open on Sunday by four

The spectacular Australian Minjee Lee finally achieved victory.

Lee won the US Women’s Open on Sunday by four shots against Mina Harigae of the United States at Pine Needles for $1.8 million, the biggest prize in women’s golf history.

Lee closed with a set par of 71 and finished with a 13-under 271 after she stroked the tournament record of 16-under set by American Juli Inkster in 1999 at Old Waverly.

“I have no words,” Lee said. “I can’t believe it right now. Nope; It’s super, super special and a great honor. It was my dream since she was a child. He was the only one I ever wanted to win; I’ve done it, it’s wonderful.”

Lee’s prize came from an unprecedented $10 million purse.

“We are moving in the right direction,” Lee said. “I think it will get better and better from here. It is a very large sum, and I feel very honored to be the first winner of such an amount, I think. It’s going to get better and better for us.”

Harigae posted his best finish with 72 strokes in a major tournament and a check of just over a million dollars.

Although he was aware that he had no chance of winning in the last holes, Harigae said he felt the tension of knowing that a prize of one million dollars was at stake, an amount that exceeds that of any winner in most competitions of the LPGA Tours.

“I’m not going to lie, I had a stomach ache on the last two holes,” Harigae said. “I was very tense, but I was concentrating on one shot at a time, making solid contact and getting good putts.”

South Korea’s Hye-Jin Choi was the only one of only two players to break par, hitting 70, 7 under par and finishing in third place.

South Korea’s Jin Young Ko, number one in the world, ranked fourth with 71 strokes, six under par, seven strokes ahead of first place. New Zealander Lydia Ko finished with 72 strokes, 5 under par.