US Open winner Minjee Lee earns $1.8m prize
Ricky Gray | June 6, 2022
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The Australian won the tournament at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club on Sunday.
Minjee Lee secured a dominant win in the US Open over the weekend with a five-stroke lead. She shot an even-par in the final round, finishing 13-under in the tournament in her second major victory.
After raising the trophy, Lee said: "I mean, I'm speechless. It's the one I've always wanted to win, and now I've done it." Lee's $1.8m payout is the largest payout in women's golf history.
In regards to the distribution of funds, Lee stated: "We're moving in the right direction. I think it's only going to get better from here." Lee's performance throughout the tournament wasn't without some nervousness on her side.
Lee continued: "That was the nervous-est I've ever been. Even with a three-shot lead, I never felt comfortable today."
Speaking on her quick start, Lee said: "To start aggressively, I think it was the right move, and then after that I had quite a big shot lead, so I was able to just play my game just to finish."
The aggressive approach definitely paid off for Lee, through Saturday and Sunday, she led Harigae by 30, 40, and even 50 yards or more. Extra time in the gym was said to give Lee more distance on her drives and a faster swing speed.
Lee went on to speak about how the extra distance isn't always important, stating: "Obviously if you have a shorter club in, then you can be a bit more aggressive. But it doesn't matter how far I can hit it because the second shot is what matters."
Lee will also be in the Women's PGA Championship at Congressional Country Club in Washington D.C., later this month. If she wins, she'll be the first player to win back-to-back majors since Inbee Park won the first three majors of 2013.