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Minjee Lee begins well in Scotland

Lee is just one shot out of 2nd place. (Photo: Bruce Young)
West Australian Minjee Lee has made a solid start to the Ladies Scottish Open, the 22-year-old opening with a round of 4 under 67 at Gullane Golf Club in East Lothian to share 5th place. 

And while she trails the tearaway leader, Tiffany Joh, by five shots she is just one shot behind the group in second place.

Lee was bogey-free in her round today and talked afterwards of the excellent conditions allowing her to attack the golf course.  

“I've been playing pretty aggressive,” said Lee. “There was not much wind today, when obviously right now there's no wind at all. So when I played, it was pretty good conditions. So I could be pretty aggressive."

Joh was brilliant in her round of 62, the 31-year-old Philadelphia-born Californian reeling off nine birdies including six in eight holes in the middle of her round.

Joh, who was twice a US Public Links Champion, has yet to win in several seasons on the LPGA Tour but that she split the field apart to lead by four tells the story of an extremely talented golfer who described her round as the greatest of her career to date.

“Yeah, I would say it's probably the best round, but it's links. You just never know. Things can happen at the tip of a cap. It's kind of like, it's nice to have but at this point, probably doesn't mean very much.

“I think the people that tend to play better on links courses are the ones that have the best attitudes. The ones that go out there and regardless of what happens, they just kind of look at it like, this is links golf. This is what you get.”

Tied in second place and four behind Joh are Amy Yang, I.K. Kim and Jenny Shin while pre-tournament favourite Ariya Jutanugarn is well placed after an opening 67.

Of the other Australians, Su Oh has also made a good start to be just one behind Lee and in a share of 12th place with 10 others.

Sarah Kemp and Katherine Kirk are tied for 29th after opening rounds of 1 under 70, last year’s runner-up in this event Karrie Webb is at even par, Sarah Jane Smith and Rebecca Artis had rounds of 74, Hannah Green 76 and Whitney Hiller 77.

SIGNATURE HOLES: 13TH AT VIRGINIA GOLF CLUB (QLD)

 

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