Minji Lee has dominated the majors recently, winning two of the last six tournaments and two additional top 5 spots. Entering the second round of the AIG Women’s Open, the Australian has a total of 58 points less than par 2021’s Amundi Evian, 22 strokes better than the next player, Georgia Hall.
At Muirfield on Friday, Lee added a 1-under 70 to move to 4th and share the mid-afternoon club lead with France’s Céline Boutier.
Lee is currently No. 2 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings, Lee has a chance to move to No. 1 for the first time thanks to her win at Muirfield, and Jin Yong Ko is likely to miss out on the cut by 5 more. Lee can also move up to No. 1 by finishing second in solo if Ko finishes 54th or worse and Nelly Korda No. 3 finishes third or worse solo.
No Australian has held the top spot since the rankings debuted in February 2006. Ko from South Korea has been ranked number one for 27 consecutive weeks since January 31, 2022. She held the number one spot for a total of 133 weeks in her career.
Laid-back Lee seems to take everything in stride.
“I know exactly where I am on the leaderboard,” Lee said. “I try not to think too much about other things. I’m still the same person. I’m still going, I’m hitting a little white golf ball on the field. That has always been my mindset, and whatever happens to it, I’m going to embrace it and be the best person I can be.”
Lee, 26, hit 14 greens and putt 32 on Friday. She filled 15 pairs a day.
Eight-time LPGA winner Lee leads the tour in scoring (69.17), cash ($3,426,980), and CME points. A two-time winner this season, she has been in the top 3 three times.