Minjee Lee wins record third Greg Norman Medal

The relentless Minjee Lee has won a record third Greg Norman Medal, separating herself from a crowded field that included her younger brother.

The 27-year-old won twice on the LPGA Tour, with the world No.5 crowned the country's most successful golfer of 2023 at a ceremony in Brisbane on Tuesday night.

The 10-time LPGA Tour winner arguably had a more successful 2022, winning the US Open and finishing second on the LPGA Tour's money list.

But judges couldn't ignore Cameron Smith's brilliant 2022 season, highlighted by a remarkable British Open triumph.

The same panel - Rodger Davis, Karrie Webb, Julia Boland, Peter O’Malley and Ian Baker-Finch - this year went the other way to honour the Perth talent for the third time in the award's nine-year history.

Minjee's brother Min Woo finished fifth at the US Open, sixth at the Players Championship and won the Macau Open to secure full PGA Tour status.

But his big sister won a ninth LPGA title in September before hitting double figures in South Korea barely a month later.

That win came the same week as Min Woo's own breakthrough to earn the siblings a slice of golfing history.

After an early-season layoff she strung together eight top-20 finishes in a row before winning twice and finishing tied 13 and tied eighth in her last four events. 

Two-time Greg Norman Medallist Smith still had claims for a third of his own.

He won twice on the LIV Tour, had two top-10 finishes in majors and won a third Australian PGA Championship days after he accepted the Medal acknowledging his emphatic 2022 run.

Jason Day, winner of the first two Medals in 2015-16, surged back into the conversation with his first PGA Tour victory in almost five years in May's Byron Nelson to knock on the door of the world's top 20.

World No.28 and 2019 Medal-winner Hannah Green won her third LPGA Tour title while Grace Kim won a three-way playoff at the Lotte Championship in just her third start as a full Tour member.

“Minjee continues to represent Australian golf in the best way possible,” PGA of Australia chief executive Gavin Kirkman said.

“To now have 10 wins on the LPGA Tour, including two major championships, at such a young age establishes Minjee as one of our greatest golfers of all time.

“And yet, I am sure there is much more to come.

“Given the success our golfers have enjoyed throughout the world this past year, I commend the judges on what must have been a very difficult decision to pick between such worthy candidates.”


* Greg Norman Medal: Minjee Lee

* PGA Tour of Australasia Player of the Year: David Micheluzzi

* PGA Legends Tour Player of the Year: Andre Stolz

* Margie Masters WPGA Tour Player of the Year: Grace Kim

* PGA of Australia National Coach of the Year: Grant Field (Pelican Waters)


*2015: Jason Day

*2016 Jason Day

*2017 Marc Leishman

*2018 Minjee Lee

*2019 Hannah Green

*2020 Cameron Smith

*2021 Minjee Lee

*2022 Cameron Smith

*2023 Minjee Lee

License this article

What is AAPNews?

For the first time, Australian Associated Press is delivering news straight to the consumer.

No ads. No spin. News straight-up.

Not only do you get to enjoy high-quality news delivered straight to your desktop or device, you do so in the knowledge you are supporting media diversity in Australia.

AAP Is Australia’s only independent newswire service, free from political and commercial influence, producing fact-based public interest journalism across a range of topics including politics, courts, sport, finance and entertainment.

What is AAPNews?
The Morning Wire

Wake up to AAPNews’ morning news bulletin delivered straight to your inbox or mobile device, bringing you up to speed with all that has happened overnight at home and abroad, as well as setting you up what the day has in store.

AAPNews Morning Wire
AAPNews Breaking News
Breaking News

Be the first to know when major breaking news happens.

Notifications will be sent to your device whenever a big story breaks, ensuring you are never in the dark when the talking points happen.

Focused Content

Enjoy the best of AAP’s specialised Topics in Focus. AAP has reporters dedicated to bringing you hard news and feature content across a range of specialised topics including Environment, Agriculture, Future Economies, Arts and Refugee Issues.

AAPNews Focussed Content
Subscription Plans

Choose the plan that best fits your needs. AAPNews offers two basic subscriptions, all billed monthly.

Once you sign up, you will have seven days to test out the service before being billed.

AAPNews Full Access Plan
Full Access
  • Enjoy all that AAPNews has to offer
  • Access to breaking news notifications and bulletins
  • Includes access to all AAPNews’ specialised topics
Join Now
AAPNews Student Access Plan
Student Access
  • Gain access via a verified student email account
  • Enjoy all the benefits of the ‘Full Access’ plan at a reduced rate
  • Subscription renews each month
Join Now
AAPNews Annual Access Plan
Annual Access
  • All the benefits of the 'Full Access' subscription at a discounted rate
  • Subscription automatically renews after 12 months
Join Now

AAPNews also offers enterprise deals for businesses so you can provide an AAPNews account for your team, organisation or customers. Click here to contact AAP to sign-up your business today.

Download the app
Download AAPNews on the App StoreDownload AAPNews on the Google Play Store