With victory on the USLPGA Tour by Min Jee Lee and Steven Bowditch taking out his second US PGA Tour event, May proved to be a hugely successful month for Australian golf.
19 year old West Australian Lee delivered on the early promise she has shown in her short pro career and won her maiden professional event, The Kingsmill Championship by two shots from South Korean Ryo So-ye. The final round was delayed due to thunderstorms hitting the Williamsburg, Virginia course and when play was halted Lee was left to sweat on a four shot lead. When play continued her lead was quickly reduced to two but Lee regathered and held on to record a memorable win.
Steven Bowditch leapt out of the blocks in AT&T Byron Nelson Championship with a stunning opening round of 62 and was never headed, eventually winning by four shots from Americans Charlie Hoffman, Scott Pinckney and Jimmy Walker. This was the second USPGA win for Bowditch with the long hitting New South Welshman having taken out his maiden victory in last year’s Valero Texas Open.
The upcoming US Open being played from June 18 -21 will feature a host of Australian hopes including Jason Day, Adam Scott and Steven Bowditch. The long and tough Chambers Bay course in Washington will test the best the world’s best and although Rory McIlroy will start as a hot favourite, we will be hoping for the first Australian victory in the US Open since Geoff Ogilvy took out the 2006 event.Return