Meet the Australian who has a major win under her belt

Story highlights Minjee Lee has progressed greatly from her 2016 title at the LPGA Kia Classic.

You may remember her as the first Aussie golfer to win a major on the LPGA Tour.

If you only remember Minjee Lee from her 2016 win at the LPGA Kia Classic, you’re in for a surprise. The 23-year-old, originally from Australia, is ranked eighth in the world. She made her professional debut at age 14, and at 17 she became the youngest player to be invited to play on the LPGA Tour, aged 18.

At just 16, she became the youngest player in LPGA history to win a major championship and was proclaimed “all-Australian.”

But she’s since been on a strong streak. In the last 12 months, she’s amassed two victories — the Marathon Classic (2016) and 2013-2015 CN Canadian Women’s Open (tied for third place) — and seven other top-10 finishes, including first place in the 2017 Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic.

This hard work paid off when she won the Kia Classic — her third LPGA title, all but one of which has come since 2012.

And that success has gone a long way to keep her name in the limelight — which she admits makes her nervous.

“I get very, very nervous when I’m on TV,” she admits.

“Mostly because I don’t want to embarrass myself.”

Though she admits she’s more comfortable competing on smaller courses.

“There is no bigger stage than the Rolex Series — that’s my favorite tour and the two best events are Rolex Series events,” she explains.

“The amount of media coverage and the exposure the LPGA has is phenomenal. It’s a massive international story.”

Her rise in the world rankings shows she’s doing something right, despite being new to the United States.

But she’s not only a winner, but a competitor who has defeated some of the best golfers in the world in an impressive ratio.

There’s only one way to prove she’s the best in the world: Win a major championship.

“It is definitely my No. 1 goal. That’s what I’m aiming for and that’s what I’ve been working towards,” she says.

Not that she’s trying to limit herself when it comes to picking up victories.

“I definitely go into every event thinking I’m going to win and I’m going to go home with a trophy,” she adds.

If you want to watch her live, she will be competing in the Saudi Ladies International in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

It’s her only Saudi Tour date in 2017, and she’s going to do her best to beat the world’s best.

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