Minjee Lee eyes major breakthrough

Australia's Minjee Lee is set to play her opening rounds at the US Women's Open with world No.1 Jin-young Ko and former No.1 Inbee Park.

MINJEE LEE of Australia plays her tee shot on the first hole during the final round of the ANA Inspiration at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California.
MINJEE LEE of Australia plays her tee shot on the first hole during the final round of the ANA Inspiration at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California. Picture: Jeff Gross/Getty Images

Australia's world No.2 Minjee Lee has ensured she'll enter this week's US Women's Open with momentum as she chases a maiden major championship title.

On the eve of her 23rd birthday, Lee shot a second consecutive four-under 67 on Sunday to tie for 13th at the LPGA's Pure Silk Championship in Williamsburg, Virginia.

All eyes now turn to the biggest event on the women's golf calendar, the $US5 million ($A7.2 million) US Women's Open at the Country Club of Charleston in South Carolina, starting Thursday.

Lee is set to play the first two rounds in stellar company alongside current world No.1 Jin-young Ko and former No.1 Inbee Park, who boasts two US Open titles among her eight majors victories.

Coming off a great 2018 season, the super-consistent Lee appears closer to a breakthrough at the majors after winning her fifth LPGA title at last month's LA Open among five top-10 finishes this year.

Her best result at the five majors remains a third placing at the 2017 ANA Inspiration while her best result at the US Women's open to date is tied 11th in 2017.

Lee heads a field of seven Australians at the US Women's Open, joining Karrie Webb, Katherine Kirk, Hannah Green, Sarah Kemp, Su Oh and amateur Gabriela Ruffels.


AAP