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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 197
A S AUSTRALIANS, you could accuse us of getting a little too comfortable with our LPGA lot during the Karrie Webb era. And who could blame us when, at the height of her powers, Webb consistently bobbed up with victories, including six majors in four years at one point. It was all too easy, or so we thought. But more than a decade has now elapsed since Webb defeated Lorena Ochoa in a playoff to secure her seventh and most recent major victory at the then Kraft Nabisco Championship. While Webb has come close many times since, for a sporting public accustomed to punching well above our collective weight, to sit through 43 consecutive LPGA majors without success is something that isn’t easily digested. And with the 41-year-old Queenslander now well past her prime, the time is right for Minjee Lee to step up and fill that breach. Lee enters the second major of the year, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, as Australia’s great hope, having launched herself to within touching distance of the world’s top 10 off the back of a staunchly consistent 2016 season that has included one win, four top 10s and more than half a million dollars in prizemoney. She’s knocking on the door on a weekly basis, and a maiden major is the logical next step if things fall her way in Washington this week. If Lee is to end Australia’s women’s major drought, there might be no better opportunity than at a world-class tournament on the big stage, and with three-time defending champion Inbee Park battling ongoing injury issues.
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