Barely warmed up, Minjee Lee is aiming for a career grand slam and an elusive Australian Open crown after winning the richest and most prestigious event in women’s golf, reports the AAP.
Two days after picking up a four-stroke victory 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 women multi- Australian winners.
“It’s really just a great honor and so special for me to be one of multiple major champions. It’s pretty cool,” the 26-year-old said Wednesday from her Dallas base.
But the new world No. 3 – who could claim the top spot against Korea’s Jin Young Ko if she continues her run in 2022 – says she is not done yet.
“I definitely want to win the other three majors,” Lee said.
“I don’t know when that will happen, but I hope to get there soon.
“We have three left in our season, so hopefully I can have a good run there.”
Lee is now the holder of two of the five major trophies, the Evian Championship and US Women’s Open titles.
Next up is the PGA Women’s Championship at Congress in Maryland June 23-26, followed by Lee’s defense in Evian, France July 21-24.
The Women’s British Open at Muirfield in Scotland rounds out this season’s women’s majors from August 4-7.
The Perth ace will compete in all three, and any event in between, brimming with conviction after winning his last two events in stroke play and leading the LPGA Tour scoring average in 2022 with his strike from supreme ball and his impeccable work with the putter.
“I feel like my ball-striking has come a really long way in the last two years,” Lee said.
“Every effort I made to improve my swing and work on my strength, it all fell into place.
“That’s why everything has paid off so far this year.
“So I’m pretty confident that I can compete on the biggest stage in women’s golf and I feel like right now I can compete in every tournament I play.
Australian Associated Press