As a two-time major champion with six additional wins on the LPGA Tour, Minjee Lee has had a more successful career than most on the Tour. But she’s not done yet and won’t be taking her foot off the gas pedal as she heads into the second half of her eighth season on Tour.
“I haven't quite reached all my goals yet, so I'm not going to ease off on my training or anything. I'm still going to work extra hard,” Lee said. “I think winning the U.S. Open has been great and it's really cool, but I still have a few things that I want to take off my list.”
While she’s currently No. 3 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings, Lee sits in the top spot in the Race to the CME Globe and leads the official money list by nearly $1.5 million thanks in part to the largest winner’s check in LPGA Tour history which she took home at the U.S. Women’s Open Presented by ProMedica. Lee also has the most rounds under par this season (25) as well as the most rounds in the 60s (18), and she has the season’s lowest scoring average (68.75). But despite having what is arguably her best season ever, Lee says nothing much has changed in her game. If anything, her always exceptional ball-striking has been getting even better.
“I feel like I've always been quite a good ball-striker so that has been a big part of my game which has really helped me,” she said. “I'm hitting it a little longer so I obviously have shorter clubs into the greens, so I'm sure that that has really helped as well.”
As she readies herself for the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give, her 10th start of the season, Lee is looking to add a third win to an already impressive 2022 resume. Her best finish here in three appearances is a tie for 16th in 2019, something she’s looking to improve upon. She’ll have to fight for it though. Just like the U.S. Women’s Open and the upcoming KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, the field boasts several of the world’s top competitors, but Lee is a player that’s always up for a challenge, and with confidence derived from her latest major win, she’s ready to attack Blythefield Country Club.
“There are a lot of holes that you can really be aggressive on here so I think the scoring will be quite low this week,” she said. “We come into every tournament trying to win and play our best, so I think it's going to be a great week.”