U.S. Women's Open: Minjee Lee cruises to second major title, earns $1.8 million prize

Minjee Lee has joined Australia’s all-time golf greats as multiple major champions with a runaway victory at the US Women’s Open in North Carolina.

After three days of some of the lowest scoring in U.S. Women’s Open history, a fight broke out at Pine Needles.

Challenging hole locations, an uptick in wind, and the biggest purse in women’s golf history finally brought things to a boil.

The 26-year-old Lee became the first Australian to win the U.S. Women’s Open since Karrie Webb triumphed at Pine Needles 21 years ago.

Lee is the third Australian to win the US Women’s Open, the biggest event in female golf, after Karrie Webb (2000 and 2001) and Jan Stephenson.

The Perth star’s dominant victory follows her breakthrough maiden major at the Evian Championship last July and is set to catapult Lee from fourth to No 2 in the world.

The win also elevated Lee into an esteemed company as only the sixth Australian golfer to have captured multiple majors.

The entire purse that week was $1.2 million, and Webb earned $212,500 for her efforts.

Mrs. Bell have said then, of a $10 million purse and Lee’s $1.8 million payday, the largest in women’s golf history to date?