Minjee Lee eyes Chinan Open crown

Top-ranked golfer Minjee Lee goes into this week’s n Open in red-hot form.Golfer Minjee Lee hears the hype about her capturing the women’s n Open crown this weekend.
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But she refuses to listen.

‘s top-ranked golfer says she places enough pressure on herself, let alone adding to it with external expectation.

“Pressure-wise, you put more on yourself because you have such high expectations competing in your home country and it’s your national title,” Lee told reporters on Tuesday.

The Perth-born golfer is her nation’s best chance of winning the n Open at Adelaide’s Kooyonga Golf Club from Thursday.

The 21-year-old enters the tournament in red-hot form: a Victorian Open win followed by second place in the Canberra Classic.

Hence the chatter about her chances of becoming the first n to win their national title since Karrie Webb in 2014.

Webb, who has five n Open victories, will be part of a field including four players ranked in the world’s top 10, and 15 winners of LPGA major championships.

But it’s Lee who will carry n hopes.

“I had two great tournaments prior to this week so I’m feeling pretty solid in all parts of my game so I think I had great preparation,” she said.

“My goal is to win. I don’t think anybody comes into a tournament not wanting to win, so it would be great if I could.

“(But) at this point, everybody is my rival – so many top players are here and being so competitive.”

Lee is ranked world No.17 after finishing top-five in six LPGA tournaments last year, including a tie for third at the co-sanctioned n Open.

And he had set herself a goal of breaking into the top 10 by the end of this LPGA season.

“I’d like to break into the top 10 but I have my process goals,” Lee said.

“That (top 10) is a big goal. That is a result-based goal.

“I think if you can tick off your process goals then you can probably make the end goal.

“So I try not to get ahead of myself, just go one step at a time and just try and tick off the things I am working on.”