Entering the final round well off the pace, the only two Australians to make the cut both posted rounds of four-over 75 as Minjee Lee and Hannah Green finished tied for 54th and tied for 62nd respectively.

American Lexi Thompson seemed destined to win the tournament she first played as a 12-year-old when she held a five-stroke lead late on the front nine but a double-bogey at 11 and further dropped shots at 14, 17 and 18 meant that the 26-year-old missed out on the playoff altogether.

That was left to Yuka Saso and Nasa Hataoka to contest and it was Filipino Saso who clinched her maiden major championship, the 19-year-old winning on the third playoff hole and thus becoming the first player from the Philippines to win a golf major.

Bogies at the 2nd and 6th holes saw Minjee Lee make the turn at two-over but after a birdie at the par-4 12th had back-to-back bogeys at 13 and 14 quelled any sense of a late surge up the leaderboard.

The exacting nature of The Olympic Club’s Lake Course made birdies difficult to come by for Green on the final day as she hit seven of 14 fairways and 10 of 18 greens in her round of four-over 75.

There were a host of top-20 finishes from Australians elsewhere around the globe this week.

RIGHT: Lucas Herbert enjoyed his best-ever result on the PGA Tour, tying for 18th at the Memorial Tournament. PHOTO: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images.

Adam Scott tuned up for next week’s US Open with a strong showing at the Memorial Tournament to be tied for 16th, Lucas Herbert registering his best result in a PGA Tour event as he finished tied for 18th at Muirfield Village.

Stephanie Kyriacou continued her promising start to her second season on the Ladies European Tour with a tie for 15th at the Jabra Ladies Open in France and Anthony Quayle enjoyed his best result on the Japan Golf Tour since December 2019 courtesy of a tie for 13th at the JGTC Mori Building Cup in Ibaraki.

It was a disappointing final day for Rod Pampling at the Champions Tour’s Principal Charity Classic in Iowa, falling from a share of second to a tie for 15th with a final round of three-over 75.


U.S. Women's Open
The Olympic Club (Lake Course), San Francisco, California

T35        Lydia Ko                             71-75-76-72—294        $US29,074
T54        Minjee Lee                        73-73-77-75—298        $12,540
T62        Hannah Green                  73-75-78-75—301        $11,430
MC         Sarah Jane Smith             78-74—152
MC         Emily Mahar (a)                77-75—152
MC         Sarah Kemp            78-79—158

PGA Tour
the Memorial Tournament
Muirfield Village GC, Dublin, Ohio

T16        Adam Scott                       74-68-71-73—286        $US155,775
T18        Lucas Herbert                   71-69-71-76—287        $110,670
T57        Marc Leishman                69-75-75-76—295        $21,111
MC         Cameron Smith                73-74—147
MC         Matt Jones                        76-73—149
MC         Cam Davis                         77-76—153
MC         Danny Lee                          80-75—155

Japan Golf Tour
JGTC Mori Building Cup
Shishido Hills Country Club (West Cse), Ibaraki

T13        Anthony Quayle                73-67-69-73—282        ¥2,820,000
T26        Andrew Evans                   72-71-68-74—285        ¥1,170,000
T38        Dylan Perry                       73-74-71-70—288        ¥795,000
T44        Brad Kennedy                   71-75-72-72—290        ¥570,000
64          David Bransdon                73-72-85-80—310        ¥337,500
MC         Michael Hendry                71-78—149
MC         Adam Bland                      73-80—153
MC         Matthew Griffin                 74-79—153
MC         Scott Strange                    75-78—153
MC         Todd Sinnott                     76-85—161
Challenge Tour
D+D REAL Czech Challenge
Golf & Spa Kunětická Hora, Dříteč, Czech Republic

T24        Daniel Hillier      71-69-70-69—279        €1,800
T50        Blake Windred   70-69-75-72—286        €806
Ladies European Tour
Jabra Ladies Open
Evian Resort Golf Club, Evian-les-Bains, France

T15        Stephanie Kyriacou         76-72-68—216              €3,400
T23        Whitney Hillier                 70-76-72—218              €2,560
Korn Ferry Tour
REX Hospital Open
TPC at Wakefield Plantation, Raleigh, North Carolina

T30        Cameron Percy                 67-68-70-68—273        $US4,066
T55        Jamie Arnold                     68-70-71-68—277        $2,698
MC         Nick Voke                          66-73—139
MC         Harrison Endycott           71-69—140
MC         Rhein Gibson                    69-72—141
MC         Brett Coletta                     71-73—144
MC         Curtis Luck                         71-76—147
MC         Ryan Ruffels                      72-79—151
Champions Tour
Principal Charity Classic
Wakonda Club, Des Moines, Iowa

T15        Rod Pampling                   67-67-75—209              $US30,525
T28        Stephen Leaney                70-72-71—213              $13,443
T67        David McKenzie                72-72-75—219              $1,813
73          John Senden                      73-75-73—221              $1,295