Min Woo Lee earns 2023 British Open start

They weren't able to deliver a historic brother-sister double at the Australian Open but Min Woo Lee walked away with a start at the 2023 British Open.

MIN WOO LEE. Picture: Matt King/Getty Images

While golf's greatest sister-brother act fell short of a historic Australian Open double, Min Woo Lee at least walked away with a highly coveted consolation prize, earning entry into next year's British Open.

The 24-year-old finished third, six shots behind Poland's runaway Open winner Adrian Meronk and one off Australian great Adam Scott, who was in second spot at Victoria Golf Club on Sunday.

Lee upstaged his more famous sister Minjee, with the world No.4 finishing fifth in the women's Open.

The top three finishers in the men's event gain a start at Royal Liverpool in July, where Cameron Smith will defend his British Open title, but Meronk and Scott have already qualified.

Irish Open champion Meronk was secure in the field after finishing in the top 30 in the DP World Tour's Race to Dubai while Scott is locked in courtesy of making the US PGA's elite 30-man Tour Championship

That meant the three players to earn entry included Lee and fellow West Australian Haydn Barron, who leapt into a tie of fourth with an eagle on the final hole.

Spaniard Alejandro Canizares also finished fourth to book his spot.

It will be Lee's third British Open after getting a start in 2021 courtesy of his Scottish Open victory the week before his maiden major appearance.

This year he finished tied for 21st after qualifying via his top-30 ranking but ended 2022 at No.32, just outside direct entry.

"It's awesome - it was a bit of a kick in the guts on the European tour I didn't get into the top 30 and get into the Open so this is a nice way," Lee told reporters.

"I've done well in the majors this year so hopefully I can feed off that and play well and do even better next year.

"I'm still new to this and it's really nice to get into majors and I'm really excited to go against the big boys, the top guys again."

Lee played all four majors in 2022 with the US Masters his best placing with a tie for 14th at Augusta while he finished joint-27th in his first US Open at Brookline Country Club.

With the Australian Open a world-first dual-gender national championship, he and older sister Minjee were bidding to become the first brother-sister champions.

Things began brightly as US Women's Open champion Minjee started birdie-birdie and was three under through her first six holes to charge up to third.

But her round took a hit on the eighth when she walked away with a double bogey.

Min Woo, meanwhile, opened with a brilliant eagle two at the first to storm to within two shots of the men's lead.

Bogeys at eight and 10 dented his hopes of catching Meronk.

Lee said he wouldn't be lording his third place over Minjee, despite asking her to fetch him a beer post round.

"It is a little bragging rights but it's nice to just see her and be with her so we'll have a few drinks tonight and enjoy it," he said.

Barron tried to qualify for the Open in 2018 and was also thrilled to get a chance to tee up.

"It's surreal to now find out that it's official and I'm going to the Open - I'm absolutely stoked," said the 26-year-old, who resorted to working as a greenkeeper during COVID-19.