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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 289
COVER STORY I T has been 17 years since Karrie Webb won back-to-back titles at the Women’s US Open and 12 years since any other Australian finished inside the top 10. So, as Webb approaches the end of her remarkable career, you would forgive Australian golf fans if they had serious doubts about our chances as we approach the LPGA’s oldest major championship. After all, none of Webb’s active compatriots have ever finished higher than 11th. But the most lucrative tournament in women’s golf actually represents a tremendous opportunity for Australia to break its 11-year major-less drought, thanks in large part to the form of our highest ranked player, Minjee Lee. The West Australian, who recently won the Volvik Championship on her 22nd birthday, has long been touted to eventually fill the void that will be left by her childhood idol in Webb. Lee now boasts four titles on the LPGA Tour and has been exposed to the Women’s U.S Open ever since she received the Karrie Webb Scholarship in 2013. The program allowed her to travel to Sebonack Golf Club with fellow recipient and good friend, Su Oh, to pick the brain of Webb during the championship. One year later, Lee, 18, made her tournament debut at Pinehurst as the No.1 amateur in the world and was tied for third heading into the weekend. But the pressure of potentially becoming the second amateur to ever lift the trophy eventually got to her and she faded to share 22nd. Nevertheless, Lee had announced herself ► MY ULTIMATE GOAL IS TO HAVE A GRAND SLAM, SO I THINK THAT’S ALWAYS WHAT I’LL BE WORKING TOWARDS. BUT YOU CAN’T HAVE A GRAND SLAM WITHOUT WINNING MAJOR EVENTS.
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