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All or Nothing for Minjee Lee at Women's Open

Minjee Lee is chasing her first Women's Australian Open title.
Minjee Lee left no doubt about to her goals this week during her Tuesday afternoon press conference at the Women's Australian Open in Adelaide.

The 21-year-old is at Kooyonga Golf Club for one reason only - to secure her first national title and fourth LPGA Tour victory.

"My goal, I think is to win," Lee said. 

"I don't think anybody comes into a tournament not wanting to win.  It would be great if I could do it. At this point I think everybody is my rival. So many top players are here and the game’s so competitive."

The Western Australian carries red-hot form with her to South Australia, runner up behind Jiyai Shin at last week's Canberra Classic and and a class above two weeks ago when she captured her second Vic Open.

Lee's blistering start to 2018 came off the back of a six-week break from golf that allowed her to step away from her clubs and recharge.

Minjee Lee during Tuesday practice at Kooyonga Golf Club.

"I think all of us need a break during Christmas and New Year’s," she said.

"I took three weeks off with no golf clubs, so that was nice. I got to do what normal people do on holidays. That was good and then I got to train, and I felt great training."

The World No. 16 said she's never played Kooyonga prior to this week and her on-course preparation has been light with nine holes on Monday and a further nine holes today.

Lee has twice finished inside the top 10 at her national championship - T7 at Royal Melbourne in 2015 and T3 last year at Royal Adelaide - but in neither of those years did she bring the sort of lead-up form she has with her this week.

"I think pressure-wise, I think you put more on yourself because you have such high expectations competing in your home country and it’s your national title. I think probably the expectation is the pressure," she said.

"I had two great tournaments prior to this week, so I’m feeling pretty solid in all parts of my game, so I think it was great preparation."

Beyond a victory this week, Lee is eyeing a place inside the world's top 10 for the first time in her career.

"I’d like to get into the top 10 world ranking but I have my process goals."


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