Lee Min-ji wins US Women’s Open… Asians swept 1st-5th place

Australian (Australia) Korean-American Lee Min-ji climbed to the top of the US Women’s Open.

Lee Min-ji recorded an even par with 4 birdies and 4 bogeys in the fourth round of the final day of the tournament held at Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club (par 71, 6,644 yards) in Southern Pines, North Carolina, USA on the 6th (Korean time). He won the championship with a total of 13-under 271. $180,000 in prize money.

Lee Min-ji won her eighth career on the LPGA Tour and her second major win. Lee Min-ji took the previous record of 272 strokes at the U.S. Women’s Open with a 271 stroke that day, and was 4 strokes behind second-placed Mina Harigae (US 9-under 275 strokes).

Lee Min-ji, who received the largest prize money in a single women’s golf tournament, rose to the top spot in the season ($2625,849). Lee Min-ji is also number one in average at bats, Player of the Year, and CME Globe Points.

As for Korean players, Hyejin Choi (23) finished third with a final total of 7-under 277. World No. 1 Jinyoung Ko (27) finished her solo 4th place by hitting 6 under par 278.

This year’s U.S. Women’s Open 1-5 places were swept by Asian players. Lee Min-ji, who won the championship, and Lydia Ko (5-under 279, New Zealand) in fifth place were Korean players, while Hye-jin Choi and Jin-young Ko finished third and fourth. Runner-up Harigae is Japanese-American.