Royal Troon – photo Ladies European Tour
Australia’s Minjee Lee has yet to win a major title amongst her five LPGA Championship victories but this week’s AIG Women’s British Open Championship, at Royal Troon on Scotland’s Ayrshire Coast, offers a great chance for the 24-year-old to take her standing in the game to another level.
Despite her significant level of success close to the elite of women’s golf, the Perth golfer’s performance in major championship golf has been somewhat disappointing with just three top tens in 29 major championship starts.
Lee has played the Women’s British Open event on six previous occasions, two of those resulting in top tens with a best of 9th in 2015 at nearby Turnberry. She also finished 11th last year so this would seemingly represent a great opportunity.
Also importantly for her chances this week is that Lee has returned after the enforced layoff imposed on the LPGA as a result of Covid 19 in fine form having finished 3rd, 4th and 16th in her three starts to date.
There appears no real reason therefore why she could not at least challenge for what would be her most significant title to date.
Lee’s consistency is perhaps her greatest asset, recording seven top 3 finishes in addition to her most recent victory over the past two years.
If she is able to win this week’s event she will join Jan Stephenson, Karrie Webb and Hannah Green as Australia’s female major championship winners.
Lee is joined in the field by fellow Australians, Hannah Green, Katherine Kirk, Su Oh, Sarah Jane Smith, 2019 US Amateur Champion and the runner-up in the same championship two week’s ago, Gabriela Ruffels, Sarah Kemp, Stephanie Kyraciou and Whitney Hillier.