Minjee Lee is just warming up and is aiming for a career grand slam and an elusive Australian Open crown after winning women’s golf’s richest and most prestigious event.
Most important points:
- Minjee Lee has joined Karrie Webb and Jan Stephenson as Australia’s only female multiple major winners
- Lee now holds two of the five major trophies, the Evian Championship and the US Women’s Open
- Lee’s next big event is the Women’s PGA Championship at the Congressional in Maryland June 23-26
Two days after running to a four-stroke win at the $14 million US Women’s Open at Pine Needles, Lee still feels “surreal” to have joined legends Karrie Webb and Jan Stephenson as the only female multiple major winners of Australia.
“It’s really just a great honor and so special for me to be one of the multiple great champions. It’s pretty cool,” the 26-year-old said Wednesday from her Dallas base.
But the world’s new No. 3 — who could claim the top spot from Korean Jin Young Ko if she continues her hot run into 2022 — says she’s not done yet.
“I definitely want to win the other three majors,” Lee said.
“I’m not sure when that will be, but hopefully I can make it happen soon.
“We have three left in our season, so hopefully I can make a good run there.”
Lee is now the holder of two of the top five trophies, the Evian Championship and the US Women’s Open titles.
Next up is the Women’s PGA Championship at the Congressional in Maryland June 23-26, followed by Lee’s Evian Defense in France July 21-24.
The Women’s British Open at Muirfield in Scotland will round out the women’s majors for this season from August 4-7.
The Perth ace will compete in all three, and every event in between, brimming with faith after winning her past two stroke play events and leading the 2022 LPGA Tour scoring average thanks to her superior touch and impeccable work with the putter.
“I feel like hitting the ball has come a very long way in recent years,” said Lee.
“All the effort I’ve put into improving my swing and working on my strength, it all comes together.
“That’s why it has paid off so far this year.
“So I’m confident I can compete on the biggest stage for women’s golf and I now feel like I can compete in every tournament I play in.
“I’m in a very confident space.”
Lee modestly softened talk that she had taken down retired tennis superstar Ash Barty as Australia’s top female sporting talent.
“I’m not sure I can compare to Ash yet,” she said.
“But it’s pretty cool. I feel like there’s not much talk about golf in general, so if I can put golf on the map in Australia, or even women’s golf in Australia, I’ll do it right.”
But the two-time winner is certainly not about to suddenly walk away from sports like Barty.
“I don’t see myself retiring anytime soon,” Lee said.
“I have a lot of things I still want to achieve and things I want to do in golf.”
Including winning the Australian Open for the first time.
This year’s Open at Melbourne’s Kingston Heath, December 1-4, is a world first. Men and women will play simultaneously, raising the prospect that Lee could compete alongside her PGA Tour-playing brother Min Woo.
“There is no greater honor than winning your National Open,” Lee said.
“I won the Aussie Junior and the Aussie Amateur, and the Aussie Open would finish it all.
“Hopefully I can make it.”