Australian Minjee Lee jumped to No. 4 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings this week, her highest world ranking since mid-2019. Her final-round 63 at last week’s HSBC Women’s World Championship tied her career-low round and put a neat bow on her 2022 LPGA Tour season debut.
“Having such a low round on Sunday was just kind of a bit of a confidence booster coming into the rest of the season,” said Lee ahead of her sixth appearance in the Honda LPGA Thailand. “I think this week I can be a little bit more aggressive and just trust that I've done all my work and just play my game.”
Lee captured her first major title at the 2021 Amundi Evian Championship and has been on an upward trend from there, finishing no worse than 25th in her last six starts. She spent her extended break since November’s CME Group Tour Championship back home in Australia, focusing on little improvements to her already stellar game.
“Over the off-season I sort of worked on my strength and doing a lot of gym work and working on getting a little bit more speed in my swing,” said Lee, who feels that gym time is as much a stress relief as it is a workout. “I feel like my iron play has been pretty solid over the past whatever years that I've been playing, so I think that was my big focus.”
Lee’s confidence in her iron play is clear in the KPMG Performance Insights, which show that she leads the LPGA Tour in strokes gained approach per round since tracking began at the 2021 LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship.