Minjee Lee is adamant she’s "let go" of her disappointing title defence at the Vic Open last week and says she is ready to fly the flag for Australia at the Women’s Australian Open.
The reigning Greg Norman Medallist, who is currently 7th in the world rankings, missed the 54-hole cut at 13th Beach last week – and despite admitting it stung at the time, says she has already moved on.
“I’ve just got to let it go and obviously just take every week as it comes,” Lee said.
“This is a new week and hopefully it’s better.”
The West Australian boasts an impressive record at her national Open – finishing inside the top 20 every year since 2014 – and is at ease with being referred to as the host nation’s greatest chance of lifting the Patricia Bridges Bowl.
“I’m not sure if you want to call it a burden but, obviously, there’s some expectation,” said Lee, who has finished T5 and T3 in her last two Aussie Opens.
“I want to play well because it’s my country’s Open. But it’s probably more expectation on myself more than anything.”
The 22-year-old will tee off tomorrow morning from the 10th hole on the West Course at The Grange Golf Club alongside Amy Yang and newly-minted Vic Open champ, Celine Boutier.
Other marquee players in the field include World No.1 Ariya Jutanugarn, two-time major winner Lydia Ko and defending champion Jin Young Ko, whose major goal for 2019 is to be the “happiest golfer on the course”.
The reigning LPGA Tour Rookie of the Year will be playing in the group ahead of Lee, alongside British Open winner Georgia Hall and five-time Australian Open champion Karrie Webb.
RIGHT: Webb has eyes on a sixth Women’s Australian Open title. PHOTO: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images.
Webb, the World No.211, decided to reduce her playing schedule to “eight or 10 events” last year. But that doesn’t mean she should be taken lightly.
“I’m very honoured to have my name on that trophy five times and, hopefully, I’m about to add another time,” Webb told reporters after the Wednesday Pro-Am.
“I won’t be out here if I don’t think I’m competitive.”
Earlier, the proud Queenslander sat alongside Golf Australia CEO Stephen Pitt, who announced a fundraiser was in the works to assist 16 golf clubs that have been severely damaged by the north Queensland floods.
The fundraising page will soon be housed on the Golf Australia website.