Minjee Lee file photo – Bruce Young

Perth’s Minjee Lee is playing her very first event of 2021 at this week’s Kia Classic in Carlsbad in California but she has shown the lack of competitive play thus far has been no real cause for concern.

Lee finds herself in a share of 6th place after a second round of 69 despite a double bogey at the 10th and although six shots behind the leader, Inbee Park, it is an encouraging start to her season.

The round today was highlighted by an eagle at the par 5 8th hole where a 5 iron to 3 feet lead to the score boost.

Then came the double at the 10th but she looked upon the blemish jokingly. “Oh, I just made like blooper after blooper after blooper. I hit it in the bunker sort of on to the face of the bunker but I wasn’t in the bunker, and then I hit it into the back bunker. So, yeah. That’s end of story. It was just not good from there.”

Lydia Ko and Hannah Green are tied for 37th at 1 over and ten from the lead while Sarah Kemp just made the cut on the number at 3 over.