- Minjee Lee wins the U.S. Ladies’ Open by four strokes over Mina Harigae at Pine Needles.
- Lee claims $1.8 million, the biggest payout in ladies’ golf history.
Lee shut with an even-standard 71 to complete at 13-under 271 after the Australian played with the competition record of 16 under set.
“That is to say, I’m puzzled,” Lee said. “I can’t really accept that it at this moment. No, it’s simply super, very exceptional and a significant privilege. It’s been my fantasy since I was a young lady.
It’s the one that I generally needed to win on; presently I’ve made it happen, and simply feels astonishing.”
Lee’s rewards came from a record $10 million handbag.
“We’re just moving in the correct course,” Lee said. “I believe getting unendingly better from here is just going. It’s a huge total, and I’m truly respected to be the main champ I surmise of this aggregate. We’re simply going to improve.”
Harigae shot a 72 for her best completion in a significant and a check of somewhat more than $1 million.
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Despite the fact that she realized she got no opportunity to win down the stretch, Harigae said it was as yet upsetting knowing that $1 million — a check that is bigger than the champ makes all things considered LPGA Tour occasions — was in question.
“I’m not going to mislead anybody, my stomach hurt the two or three openings descending the stretch,” Harigae said. “I was sincerely worried, yet I was simply zeroing in on each shot in turn, connecting, and hitting great putts.”
South Korea’s Hye-Jin Choi was one of just two players to break standard Sunday, checking a 70 to complete third at 7 under.
South Korea’s Jin Young Ko, the world’s No. 1-positioned player, completed fourth at 6 under, seven shots back of the lead after a 71. Lydia Ko was at 5 under after a 72.
Ingrid Lindblad, the LSU player from Sweden, was the low beginner at 1 under, tying for eleventh after a 76.
The 26-year-old Lee was never tested on a course that played fundamentally harder than the past three days. She opened with rounds of 67, 66 and 67.
Lee turned into the 6th consecutive global player to win the U.S. womens’ Open and the first from Australia since tutor Karrie Webb in 2001.
It was her second come out on top for at a significant title generally subsequent to bringing home the Evian Championship last July.
Her pastbest completion at the U.S. Open was a tie for eleventh in 2017.
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Lee, who entered the week positioned No. 4 on the planet, has won eight LPGA Tour occasions and turned into the primary recurrent champ this year following her triumph at the Founders Cup three weeks prior in New Jersey.
Lee entered the last round with a three-stroke lead over Harigae and said after the third round her objective was to keep on remaining forceful and make birdies.
She satisfied that from the beginning, birdieing the initial two openings to move to 15 under and take a five-stroke lead over Harigae.
She staggered a piece with intruder on Nos. 5 and 7, however was as yet ready to make the turn at even-standard 35 and with a four-stroke pad when Harigae likewise came up short the seventh.
The lead expanded to five after Harigae came up short the standard 4 eleventh opening, everything except fixing the success.
Lee then thumped in a twisting nine-foot birdie putt on No. 12 to push the lead to six, provoking her to push her arm in festival.
She seemed to eye Inkster’s record when she got to 15 under after a birdie on the standard 5 fifteenth opening, however shut with two intruder.
Harigae didn’t make her most memorable birdie until the fifteenth opening.
Lee said she’s never been more apprehensive on a green — despite the fact that she never drove by less than three strokes.
“Indeed, even with a three-shot lead I never felt agreeable today,” Lee said. “I felt like I actually expected to play well. I actually expected to hold my ground. That is essentially the very thing that I did.
To begin forcefully, I think it was the right move, and afterward after that I had a seriously large lead, so I had the option to simply play my game just to wrap up.”
Webb, Australia’s most noteworthy female golf player with seven majors, has known Lee since she was 14. She has a grant program to carry youthful Aussie novices to majors to enjoy seven days with her and experience everything. Minjee won the grant two times.
Webb won her second U.S. Ladies’ Open at Pine Needles in 2001 by eight shots.
Webb was at Philadelphia Cricket Club at a set up exposing, energized her telephone until the time had come to start and went through the day really looking at scores, then watched on streaming the last three openings.
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“So astounding. Simply the manner in which she played the entire week, she never appeared as though the second was getting to her by any stretch of the imagination.
I think she battled a tad toward the beginning of last year with putting, and presently it’s the most awesome aspect of the game for her.
Assuming she continues to put like that, she has the entire bundle.”
Webb said she messaged her during the week, not with any exhortation but rather straightforward expressions like “I love your work.”
Nelly Korda shut with a 73 on Sunday to tie for eighth at 2 under in her most memorable competition since going through a medical procedure to fix a blood coagulation in her left arm.
“The primary week back you have rust, right, so you don’t actually anticipate much from your game,” said Korda, the world’s No. 2 player. “You don’t have any idea where your game is at.
Realizing that I can play on a truly extreme fairway at a significant and, surprisingly, sort of be in dispute is certainly a positive.”
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