Lee matched Australian golf greats Karrie Webb and Jan Stephenson in winning a major after leading wire to wire, but even claiming all five majors would still her a little way off Webb’s record of seven. Webb is recognised by the LPGA as the only golfer to have completed a career Grand Slam of five major victories.
Lee won her first major at the Evian Championship in France in 2021.
Minjee Lee poses with the trophy after winning the LPGA Cognizant Founders Cup golf tournament in May.Credit:AP
Lee said there would be “no higher honour” than winning an Australian Open, after already claiming the Australian junior and amateur titles. But she is unsure if she will play this year.
“An Aussie open, would just top it off,” Lee said. “So, hopefully I can make it. But we’ll just see how it fits into my schedule.”
Golf Australia announced an historic change last month that will see the Australian Open played at the same time, and for the same prizemoney, in December at the Victoria and Kingston Heath Golf Clubs.
“When I did my schedule, that was it wasn’t announced yet … or I didn’t know it was going to happen, but I’m considering it. But at the moment, I haven’t made a decision about it yet,” Lee said.
Being compared to Barty was flattering but Lee said she doesn’t yet feel in the same league. But Lee said she was pleased women’s golf was in the spotlight due to her win.
“I feel like golf in general has not been talked about too much. So if I can just put golf on the map in Australia or even in golf or women in Australia, then I think I’m doing a good job,” Lee said.
Lee said she hadn’t been put out by the controversial, Greg Norman-led LIV Tour taking away headlines and attention during the women’s US Open.
“That was really not in my mind at all, like I was doing my preparation and that was it. So my focus was not on that,” she said.
“I don’t think it really any of the hype away from us being at the US Open, we were at an amazing venue.”