Minjee Lee sets 54-hole record at US Women’s Open


Minjee Lee of Australia watches her tee shot on the 18th hole during the third round of the 77th U.S. Women’s Open at Pine Needles Lodge. (Credits: AFP)

  • Lee sets a 54-hole record at US Women’s Open at Pine Needles.
  • The Australian shot a four-under 67 to get to 13-under 200 after the first three rounds.
  • Lee said that she was not nervous.

Minjee Lee on Saturday set a 54-hole record at the US Women’s Open and surged three shots ahead of the competition.

The Australian shot a four-under 67 to get to 13-under 200 after the first three rounds, shattering Juli Inkster’s 1999 record of 201.

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After recovering from a bogey on the par-three fifth hole with a birdie on the par-four sixth, the seven-time LPGA Tour winner stepped up her game with four straight birdies beginning on the ninth.

“When I was on the run of birdies, I wasn’t too nervous,” Lee said.

“I think coming down the stretch a little bit more, just with more people maybe, just a little bit more pressure.

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“I’m pretty calm. My personality is pretty calm anyway. I don’t think I get too high or too low. I think that’s a strength of mine.”

Mina Harigae, who began the day tied for the lead with Lee, shot a 70 to go to 10 under par at Pine Needles.

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