South, North Carolina | The game requires competitions. That’s why we work so hard to create it, even if it doesn’t exist. Scotty Schaeffler vs. It was Tiger vs. Phil is just a competition when the two of them were head-to-head, which wasn’t much. And in the women’s game, the trio of Annika Sorenstam against Karrie Webb and Se Ri Pak presented fireworks until Sorenstam began storming the field.
The best in history was The Big Three: Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus, who swapped Masters green jackets and major tournaments like cards in a game of Gin Rummy.
Now, however, the women’s game is about to usher in a competition unlike any other in the modern era. Only our team is the Fearsome Foursome, a quartet of the best and most exciting players in the history of women’s sports.
You know two of them well. They have swapped number one in the Rolex World Women’s Golf Rankings for over a year. Jin Young Koo, currently ranked #1, put on another impressive display at the US Women’s Open at Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club, firing a 6-under this week to finish alone in fourth. This was four shots better than Rolex’s ratings No. 2, former No. 1 and KPMG Women’s PGA Championship winner Nelly Korda, who impressed everyone with a comeback after a dangerous blood clot that necessitated surgery and a 100-day suspension to end in a draw. about the eighth.
ko vs korda – korda vs korda. Precision and conservatism versus dynamism and flair. If nothing else in our game, these two elements will be enough to keep fans glued to women’s golf.
But even there is so much more.
As of Monday morning, we are expected to have a new No. 3 in the world. Minjee Lee, who lit up Pine Needles like brush fire, declared her presence at the contention table, winning the US Women’s Open by five shots with a hit show that had everyone in the game sit up and take notice.
Lee now holds two Grand Slam titles in women’s golf, having won the 2021 Amondy Evian Championships with a seven-shot return on Sunday and a birdie on his first playoff hole. This time, she sprinted toward victory. Entering the final round with a three-shot lead, Lee extended it to five with two straight planes to open her round. Then I put it on cruise control. Nobody got close to the back more than four, and Lee was able to walk 18 years with a five-shot cushion. The three hits at 18 proved pointless as she announced her arrival as the hottest player in the women’s game.
“It’s something I’ve always wanted to win since I was a little kid, so it’s so amazing to be able to get it done today,” she told me, staring and smiling at the Simple Cup. “I can not believe it.”
For those who haven’t been following Lee in the past couple of years, she has transformed herself from a player with a beautiful golf swing and won a bit of an LPGA Tour in one of the longest, straightest, and most impressive ball strikers in history. I’ve gained 20 yards off a tee in the last 24 months, in part due to screwing up a golf swing that has been the envy of everyone who watched it, and also by hitting it in the gym and lifting heavy weights for increased speed and control.
It’s also become a pretty good racket – not great yet, but it’s definitely heading in the right direction. At the US Women’s Open, she ranked fourth in the Greens in organization and eighth in standings. This combo will put you near the top of every leaderboard in the game.
Therefore, the battle was joined. Kou vs. Korda vs. Minji. Revisiting the great triumvirate.
Only another player out there refuses to be forgotten. Former number 1 seed Lydia Koe — who has held nearly every “youngest ever” record in the game, including being the youngest player in history, man or woman, to reach the top of the rankings — slipped to number 44 in the world during her touchdown. before making her way back to No. 3 in the world, a spot she will hold until Monday when Minjee moves on.
Lydia refused to leave on Sunday in Southern Pines. At one point deep in the back nine, Ko tied for second place with Mina Harigai.
“I think overall I played hard, maybe not as intense as the last few days, and finishing three bogeys in the last four holes is probably not the best way to finish,” said Lydia. “But other than that, overall I think I played hard and there was a lot of good golf looking at where I was going to hit it on day 2. I’m happy to finish in the top 10 here at the US Women’s Open, which I think is only my second time. So I am looking forward to more of these situations and putting myself more in contention.”
Fans are looking forward to seeing the Fearsome Foursome play it in three more major tournaments this year, as well as the rest of the action on the LPGA Tour calendar.
Kou vs. Korda vs. Minji vs. Lydia.
It has a nice ring to it.