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Minjee sets high expectation at Kooyonga

The Australian Open home tournament holds no fears for Australia's top-ranked golfing star Minjee Lee.

As Lee embraces the spotlight as local crowd favourite Lee says she feels no more pressure in her home event than any other on the LPGA calendar.

Having finished T3 (Tied for third) during last year's Australian Open at Royal Adelaide, the Perth local will play the Kooyonga course for the first time from February 15-18.

"I've never played Kooyonga before but I hear some great things about the track," Lee told Our Sporting Life SA.

"I probably have the same amount of pressure for all the events I play.

"Although being Australia's top-ranked player, I probably put a little more expectation on myself just because it is my national championship and I like to perform well.

Lee had a breakout season in 2016 as she collected two wins along with an additional six-top ten's as she made 28 cuts from 29 events.

During 2017 she notched up ten-top ten finishes, including a T3 at the ANA Inspriration - her best finish at a major.

Lee says although she was unable to claim a winners cheque in 2017, she felt the season was an improvement from her previous year.

"I feel like every year I'm improving and learning different things about everything," Lee said.

"Although there wasn't a win last season, it was probably my most consistent. I feel like my game is heading in the right direction and hope to have a great 2018 season.

Currently ranked World number 19, the 21-year-old believes she can break into the top ten rankings with a more consistent performance across her game.

"Obviously as a professional athlete you're always working on something," she said.

"For me its finding consistency in all the areas of my game.

"I think consistency is really important but definitely improving pitching and putting will help me break into the Top 10.

With Lee's game improving each season, Kooyonga could well be the place for her to win her home event and lifting the Patricia Bridges Bowl on the final day would be a fantastic honour.

"Being the champion of your national event would be a pretty great honor for me," Lee concluded.

"It would just be awesome to be able to hold the Australian Open trophy."

For tickets to the 2018 Women's Australian Open please click here- http://www.golf.org.au/wao-ticketing

Images- Andrew Frackowski & Min Woo Lee