Date: February 23, 2015
Author: Golf Australia

Minjee Lee – Sunday transcript

Q: Leading Aussie. How does that sit with your expectations at the beginning of the tournament?

A: “Throughout the week, my expectations got smaller and smaller and smaller because the course is pretty tough. I don’t think I’ve played on a tougher course before, so crucial to hit it in the right spots.”

Q: Pretty happy finishing at minus one? There’s not many people in red figures.

A: “Yeah, I mean I’m happy but I obviously wanted to play better than what I finished on. I felt like I hit it pretty good. The course is so hard, if you hit a good shot, you can be over the back and that’s just what you accept on this golf course.”

Q: You were all over the promotional banners leading into and throughout the week. You’re one of the faces of the tournament. Did that interrupt your preparation?

A: “Not really. Sandy (Lonergan) did a great job in putting everything in blocks. It was not too disruptive or didn’t really distract me that much. I got to get all my prep done and I was ready going into the week.”

Q: Did you feel any extra pressure with that emphasis on you?

A: “Yeah, well you’re playing at home in front of local crowds so obviously I was a little bit nervous on the tees each day but it got better over the week.”

Q: It’s a big year of that sort of stuff. Is this a good introduction for that?

A: “Yeah, even last year I was kind of prepping myself for playing on tour so it’s nothing new. I just have to take it one step at a time and play my own game.”

Q: Do you leave here with confience thinking that you could win this tournament in one or two years?

A: “Yeah definitely. Hopefully we come back here since I’ve got one event down here. Hopefully I’m in better shape next time I come back.”

Q: We know you want to win but three tournaments, three nice cheques, that’s got to sit well with you.

A: “I’m just starting so I feel like I’m in a really good place and I just want to build from here.”

Q: Have you got a goal world rankings wise?

A: “Obviously, long-term I want to get to world number one, that’s everyone’s goal. Short-term, maybe in the top 30, I don’t know. Obviously to keep my card. I just want to have a good learning experience this year and get everything sorted and settled on tour. I want to learn as much as I can this year.”

Q: During the rain, I saw you inside the clubhouse during the rain delay. There seems to be a camaraderie with other young players that are a similar age to you. Does that help?

A: “A lot of the rookie class, I played a lot of amateur golf with so I knew most of them. It could be quite daunting if you didn’t know anyone on tour so I’m really glad that I know Lydia and I know a lot of the girls that are playing this year.”

Q: How detailed is your schedule mapped out for 2015? Will you be trying to go to the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore in two weeks?

A: “I’m not sure how that’s working, I think IMG’s working on it but it is only two weeks away so I’m not sure what’s happening there. But if I don’t do that, then I’ll have three weeks off and start again in Phoenix.”