Minjee Lee – file photo Ladies European Tour

Australian, Minjee Lee, has snatched the opening round lead at the BMW Ladies Championship in Busan in Korea, the 24-year old Perth golfer producing a round of 6 under par 66 to lead the LPGA event by one over three Koreans and an American.

Danielle Kang, Jeongeun Lee 6, Seung Yeon Lee and world number one Jin Young Ko are in the group in second place.

Lee’s fellow Australian, Su Oh, is two shots from the lead in a share of 6th place, New Zealander Lydia Ko is at 3 under and tied for 13th, while Lee’s fellow West Australian, Hannah Green, is at 1 over and sharing 52nd place.

Lee who has played sparingly in recent months finished 50th in last week’s LPGA event in Shanghai but with the benefit of that run behind her she has shown impressive improvement to put herself in position to challenge for her first title since her LA Open victory earlier in April.

Other than an event in Korea two weeks ago, Lee has not played a tournament since the CP Women’s Open two months ago.