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Aussies to watch in 2017: #2 Minjee Lee

SUCCESS has come quickly for 20-year-old Minjee Lee and now the Western Australian is ready to become a regular major contender.

SUCCESS has come fast for 20-year-old Minjee Lee who, since dominating the world of amateur golf, has risen to the upper echelons of the toughest tour in women’s golf - the LPGA.

After turning pro in September 2014, Lee quickly secured full playing rights in the US and won in her rookie season at the Kingsmill Championship.

And the Western Australian’s steep upward trajectory continued in 2016.

Lee picked up two wins among eight top-10s to finish the season 12th on the LPGA money list with more than $1.21 million for the year.

Her one-shot victory at April's Lotte Championship was followed by another one-shot win at the Blue Bay LPGA in China in October.

MINJEE LEE CLINCHES HER THIRD LPGA TITLE

The former World Number One amateur has had to adjust to life as a global role model whose charismatic nature has helped popularise the game for women and young girls in Australia.

Lee is knocking on the door of joining 19-year-olds Lydia Ko and Brooke Henderson and 21-year-old Thai sensation Ariya Jutanugarn as the biggest stars in the game but is yet to bring her consistency to the majors.

Lee’s only major top-10 came at the 2015 Women’s British Open when she finished 9th but she deserves an honourable mention for her T7th finish at the Rio Olympics.

 GW PLAYER PROFILE: MINJEE LEE

A high-finish in a major is already overdue. 

Lee turns 21 in May, and the best barometer of success for Australian women is seven-time major winner Karrie Webb who had a T5th and T2nd in majors in 1996 when she was 21.

It's time for Minjee Lee to bank some similar results.

Henry Peters
About The Author : Henry Peters

As part of his Sydney-based role as Leader - Digital Content for MPower Golf, Henry works across both the iseekgolf.com and golflink.com.au platforms. He also has previous journalistic experience as Managing Editor for Golf Victoria magazine and as a television news and sports reporter for both Ten Eyewitness News and WIN News in Victoria.

 

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