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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 197
Lee took three days to come to terms with the big show in her first Women's PGA Championship appearance last year, but roared home with a 67 that catapulted her into a tie for 13th. It’s without question that Lee has the game to win a major. Tellingly, her stats line has a lot in common with Jason Day’s. Put either of them within spitting distance of a green and you can comfortably start thinking about the next hole. Like Day, Lee doesn’t muck around once she hits the putting surface, ranking second on tour with 1.74 putts per green in regulation compared to Day’s 1.702. And she hits more greens in regulation, nailing more than 69 per cent, while Day is at 67.87 per cent. So what’s missing? Four-round consistency is the big one. A tendency to throw in a dodgy 18 holes has already cost Lee numerous times this season, most recently at the Volvik Championship, where she was well in the hunt entering the weekend at 6-under, only to shoot a pair of over-par rounds to fall into a tie for 20th. Even her victory at the LOTTE Championship came with a mid- tournament plunge, in the form of a third-round 74 – six shots worse than any of her other rounds that week. Thankfully for Lee, she’s capable of shaking off those kinds of woes overnight and turning in performances like her final-round 64 to seal a win. Of course, there’s more than just a wounded Park to worry about. World No.1 Lydia Ko, who successfully turned the rest of the LPGA into cannon fodder early in the season, has had a quiet couple of months, with just one top 10 from her past four events. And after missing the cut here last year, she’ll have plenty to prove. And then there’s Malaysian whirlwind Ariya Jutanugarn, who no one had heard of until a month ago when she pulled off her first LPGA win at the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic and then grabbed another two victories at her next two outings. If Lee can simultaneously end both Park and Jutanugarn’s four-peat attempts, as well as overcome the rest of the strong field, it’ll be one hell of a story. E LEE IS KNOCKING ON THE DOOR WEEKLY, AND A MAIDEN MAJOR IS THE LOGICAL NEXT STEP FOR HER.
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