On a beautiful day at Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club, on the moving day of the U.S. Women’s Open, Minjee Lee, who was already at the top of the table, reported a score of 67 hits (-4) and confirmed herself as the leader of the event.
The 26-year-old Australian thus sets the record for lowest score on 54 holes in the U.S. Women’s Open, with a total of 13 under PAR (200 hits), surpassing the precedent set by Juli Inkster in 1999, who scored a 201.
Minjee Lee, U.S.
Lee, No. 4 in the Rolex Ranking and seven-time winner on the LPGA Tour, with a total of -13 carves a three-shot advantage over Californian Mina Harigae, leader of the 1st round and co-leader of the 2nd. In the first few holes, in reality, it was Harigae who were in the lead.
She closed the first 9 at -2 (Lee at -1), but the two consecutive bogeys at 11 and 12, combined with Lee's series of birdies (from holes 10 to 12), brought down the "veteran" of the LPGA Tour, with 12 years of career, 3 shots away.
The English Bronte Law climbs, alone, to third place (-7), six shots from Lee and three from Harigae. Former Rolex Ranking No. 1 Lydia Ko completes round 3 of the U.S. Women’s Open in 71 strokes and is at -6 total. She is one of seven fourth-placed players in a group that includes current world No.
1 Jin Young Ko, three-time Major champion Anna Nordqvist and Swedish amateur Ingrid Lindblad. At the end of the 36 holes of the U.S. Women’s Open 2022 presented by ProMedica, two players are in the lead. The American Mina Harigae, who completed the 2nd round in 69 strokes, with 5 birdies and 3 bogeys, to reach a result of -9 and be, for the 2nd time in 13 years of career, in 1st position in the final laps.
Minjee Lee, No. 4 in the Rolex Ranking and seven-time winner on the LPGA Tour, reaches the American champion in first place, thanks to a 66 of the day, with 6 birdies and a bogey. Lee, winner of the Amundi Evian Championship in 2021, aims to become the third Australian champion of the U.S.
Women’s Open and to do the encore of Major. “There are so many pitfalls on a golf course and you have to take advantage of the good times, so I try to take whatever comes,” said Lee, who won the Cognizant Founders Cup two weeks ago.
of birdies, I try to exploit it " Rookie Hye-Jin Choi, who finished second in the U.S. Women 's Open of 2017 (when she was an amateur and was 17), she achieved the best score of the day. Her 64 (-7) made her rise in the standings on an equal footing with the three-time Major champion Anna Nordqvist, with a total of -7.
Jin Young Ko, No. 1 in the Rolex Ranking, climbs to 5th place thanks to an excellent score of the day (67 strokes) with an “eagle putt” from almost 4 meters at hole 15. Equal to amateur Ingrid Lindblad , which marks a 71 of the day.
The cut, set at +3, leaves out great champions such as the winner of the U.S. Women’s Open 2014, Michelle Wie West, defending champion Yuka Saso (+9) and three-time champion Annika Sorenstam (+13).