Lee wins US Women’s Open, Horschel wins Memorial

Minjee Lee of Australia celebrates a victory after the final round of the US Women's Open golf tournament at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Southern Pines, NC on Sunday, June 5, 2022. Minjee Lee of Australia won the match.  (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Minjee Lee of Australia celebrates a victory after the final round of the US Women’s Open golf tournament at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Southern Pines, NC on Sunday, June 5, 2022. Minjee Lee of Australia won the match. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

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Minjee Lee won the US Women’s Open by four strokes over Mina Harigae at Pine Needles on Sunday to win $1.8 million, the biggest payout in women’s golf history.

Lee closed with an even par of 71 to finish at 13 under 271 after the Australian flirted with the tournament record of 16 under set by Juli Inkster in 1999 at Old Waverly. Lee’s earnings came from a record $10 million purse.

Harigae shot a 72 for his best finish in a major and a check for just over $1 million.

South Korean Hye-Jin Choi was one of only two players to break par on Sunday, scoring 70 to finish third at 7 under. World number 1 South Korean Jin Young Ko finished fourth at 6 under after a 71.

Lee, 26, has never been challenged on a much tougher course than the previous three days. She opened with rounds of 67, 66 and 67.

Lee became the sixth consecutive international player to win the US Women’s Open and the first Australian since her mentor Karrie Webb in 2001. It was her second victory at a major championship after winning the Evian Championship last July. His previous best finish at the US Open was a tie for 11th in 2017.

Lee, who entered the week ranked No. 4 in the world, won eight events on the LPGA Tour and became the first repeat winner this year after winning the Founders Cup three weeks ago in New Jersey.

PGA TOUR

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Billy Horschel ended any doubt of his victory at Muirfield Village with an eagle putt across the green on the 15th hole, sending him to a four-stroke win at the Memorial.

Horschel was staked with a five-stroke lead at the start of a sunny final round and no one ever came within two strokes. He closed with an even par 72.

Horschel finished 13-under 275 and earned $2.16 million, the biggest payday of his career. As a high event, victory comes with a three-year exemption.

Wise shot a 71 to finish second. The consolation prize was a day off Monday. Wise has dropped from No. 88 to No. 44 in the world rankings and is now exempt from qualifying for the 36-hole US Open.

PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Jerry Kelly birdied the first hole of a playoff with Kirk Triplett on Sunday to win the PGA Tour Champions Main Charity Classic.

Kelly hit his 4-foot approach on the par-4 18th to set up the winning putt. The 55-year-old from Wisconsin has nine wins on the 50+ Tour after winning the PGA Tour three times.

Kelly and Triplett each shot 5-under 67 to finish at 18-under 198 at the Wakonda Club, two shots ahead of Steven Alker (69) and Hall of Famer Bernhard Langer (68).

Triplett, 60, won the last of his eight senior titles in 2019.

EUROPEAN TOUR

WINSEN, Germany (AP) — Kalle Samooja of Finland finished with back-to-back birdies and set the course record with an 8-under 64 to win the Porsche European Open for her first European tour title and a berth at the US Open.

Samooja, 34, finished at 6 under 28, two strokes ahead of Wil Besseling (71).

Samooja’s win and Besseling’s second-place finish puts them among the top 10 ineligible players to earn US Open berths based on a four-tournament money list.

KORN FERRY TOUR

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Davis Thompson won the REX Hospital Open on his 23rd birthday for his first Korn Ferrry Tour win, closing with a 2-under 69 to beat Andrew Yun and Vincent Norrman by a stroke .

The No. 2-ranked player on the first PGA Tour college, Thompson, finished at 17 under 268. Yun and Norrman finished at 68.

OTHER TOURS

Zimbabwe’s Scott Vincent closed with a 5-under 66 for a one-stroke victory over Travis Smyth in the International-England Series on the Asian Tour. Vincent won $360,000 from the $2 million purse, part of the $300 million injection into the Saudi-funded LIV Golf Investments Asian circuit. … Kazuki Higa has won the Japan Golf Tour for the second time this year. He finished with a 4-under 67 for a one-stroke victory over Tomoharu Otsuki in the BMW Japan Golf Tourr Championship Mori Building Cup. … Nicolai Kristensen shot a 4-under 66 and beat Ugo Coussaud (68) in the D+D Real Czech Challenge playoffs on the European Challenge Tour. … Morgane Metraux of Switzerland won her first Ladies European Tour title when she eagled on the first playoff hole to win the Ladies Italian Open against Meghan MacLaren and Italian amateur Alessandra Fanali . … Rourke van der Spuy shot a 69 under 3 for a three-stroke victory over Hennie Otto and Louis de Jager in the SunBet Challenge on the Sunshine Tour in South Africa. … Olympic silver medalist Mone Inami finished with a 1-under 71 for a two-stroke victory over Saiki Fujita in the Richard Mille Yonex Ladies on the LPGA of Japan. … Yu Jin Sung had a 2-under 70 and won the Lotte Open by four strokes over Su Ji Kim on the Korean LPGA. … Chilean Cristóbal Del Solar overcame a double bogey at the par-3 16th to beat Mitchell Meissner by one stroke in the Volvo Golf Championship of the PGA Tour Latinoamerica in Colombia. The former Florida State player closed with a 6-under 69 to finish at 16 under.

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Naomi C. Amerson