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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 228
I T’S a telling sign of the times that 2017 is being viewed in some quarters as a make or break year for Australia’s number one women’s player, Minjee Lee. At only 20 years old she’s already a multiple LPGA Tour winner, Olympian and a rising star of the game, and yet the nature of women’s golf dictates if she doesn’t raise the bar again this year, she risks being overtaken and left behind. Such is the constant emergence of new teenaged contenders and the continued performance of the game’s already established top order that it’s the next tier of players, like Lee, who have both the most to gain and the most to lose this season. How each player emerges from the LPGA’s hiatus through December and January can be something of a lottery, but Lee would have been thankful for the thorough dusting she gave the cobwebs in her game at the Oates Vic Open last weekend. The world No.17 failed to reach the final round at Thirteenth Beach, having finished a shot outside of the 54-hole cut after starting the event as a hot favourite. Five opening- round bogeys cost her, with her seven birdies and just three bogeys on days two and three not enough to get her a berth on Sunday. That said, it was her first official outing of the year, though the same applied to many players in both the women’s and men’s fields. IT’S A TELLING SIGN OF THE TIMES THAT 2017 IS BEING VIEWED IN SOME QUARTERS AS A MAKE OR BREAK YEAR FOR AUSTRALIA’S NUMBER ONE WOMEN’S PLAYER, MINJEE LEE.
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