Minjee Lee leads at Australian Open
MELBOURNE, Australia (Feb. 15, 2014) --
Korean Chella Choi blasted a red hot course-
record 10-under par 62 in the third round and
will tee off with 17 year-old Western
Australian amateur Minjee Lee in the final
group at the ISPS HANDA Women’s Australian
Open at Victoria Golf Club on Sunday.
Choi, who is tied for the lead with Lee at 13-
under par, equalled the individual low round
record at the tournament set by Lydia Ko in
2013. She played the back nine in 6-under-par
and had eagles on the 8th and 18th holes.
“I try to enjoy playing and just focus on one
shot and one shot and just keep putting. I
think if I just always hit the green, I have a lot
of birdie chances. So I focussed on just my
shot, before the shot and then shot,” Choi, 23,
For Australian Amateur champion Lee it was a
4-under par 68 she described as a “mission”
and booked her spot in the final group for the
second consecutive week.
“Well obviously to make as many birdies as
possible but just keep it in play and just keep
hitting good shots and getting it close so I can
hole the putt, because they weren't really
going in. I'm happy with 4-under, I'm stoked
with 4-under really,” Lee said.
When asked about the pressure of co-leading
a professional tournament, Lee said she was
“cruisy” on the course.
“No, not really, I just play. I think it kind of
lightens it up a little bit because I'm smiling
all the time. I have a good chat with my
caddy,” Lee said.
“I think the game plan is always the same.
It's been working so far, so why change it?,”
Chasing Choi and Lee is Kiwi World Number 4
Lydia Ko who moved into outright third place
with a 3-under par 69 to be two strokes
behind the leading pair at 11-under par.
Norwegian Suzann Pettersen finished with an
even-par 72 to drop to fourth place at 10-
No less than eight players are tied for fifth
place at 9-under par including overnight
leader, Sweden’s Caroline Hedwall, Americans
Morgan Pressel and Amelia Lewis, England’s
Holly Clyburn, France’s Karine Icher and
Norwegian Marianne Skarpnord.
Australian Karrie Webb shot a 4-under par 68
to move to 8-under par, five strokes behind
A total of 12 players are within four strokes of
The final group of Choi and Lee tees off at
1.40pm on Sunday.
The final round of the ISPS HANDA Women’s
Australian Open will be broadcast live on ABC1
from 1.00pm (AEDST).
The championship is sanctioned by the LPGA
Tour, Ladies European Tour and ALPG Tour.
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