Date: December 06, 2014
Author: Martin Blake /

Lee vaults into contention

Australia's Minjee Lee has vaulted into position to secure her LPGA Tour card with a 68 in the third round at the LPGA tour school in Daytona Beach, Florida today.

Perth's Lee is now in a tie for 11th place after 72 and 71 in her opening two rounds of the five-round marathon.

At five-under par, she is six from the lead held by Ha Na Jang of South Korea, the world's No. 25 player.

The top 20 players at the end of five rounds will automatically qualify for the 2015 LPGA season. Players ranked 21st to 45th receive conditional membership.

“Today was pretty good, I started off well with a birdie so I was thinking I was going to put it all together today,” said Lee. “I finished at 4-under today so I am happy with my result.”

Lee's day finished with a long birdie putt on the ninth hole, having started on the back nine. “I think that putt gives me good momentum going into the next day,” she said.
“It (the process) is a little bit crazy, I think you put a little bit of extra pressure on yourself. Obviously this week is important, but in the end you just want to take it one step at a time and hit one shot at a time.”

Fellow-Australian Su Oh slid to tied-34th at one-under par after a 74 in the third round, but the Melburnian, who turned professional on Monday, is still well-positioned with two rounds to play.

Both Lee and Oh have played in LPGA majors in the past year. Lee was tied-22nd in this year's United States Open at Pinehurst, and tied-16th in the Evian Championship in France on debut as a professional. She is already ranked 82nd in the world.

Another Australian, Emma De Groot from Coffs Harbour, is tied-40th at even-par through three rounds and also in the mix for the top 20.