Green and Lee lead Aussie charge at Woburn

World No.4 Minjee Lee will be hoping for a much-improved display at the British Open at Woburn after she missed the cut at last week's Evian Championship.

Published: 01-Aug-2019      Updated: 09-Dec-2019 By Ian McCullough, Australian Associated Press
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Minjee Lee and Hannah Green will lead the Australian charge at the Women's British Open at Woburn Golf Club.

World No.4 Lee, who is chasing her first major title, tees off at 4.25pm AEST on Thursday alongside Japan's Hinako Shibuno and Sweden's Anna Nordqvist.

The 23-year-old West Australian will be hoping for a much-improved display onn what she was able to deliver at last week's major, the Evian Championship, where she missed the cut in miserable conditions in France.

Lee finished 10th last year in this event at Royal Lytham, but has struggled with her form recently having reached No.2 in the world after winning in Los Angeles in April.

World No.25 Green, who announced herself to the world in magnificent fashion last month when she led from start to finish to claim her maiden major in the Women's PGA Championship at Hazeltine, is in the group behind Lee.

The 22-year-old from Perth finished 30th at the Evian Club last Sunday after taking a month off following her success in Minnesota and believes her game is in good order in what is only her second appearance at the British Open.

"I feel real comfortable and back in tournament mode," Green told LPGA.com.

"This is not a typical links course here so it is something a bit different and I am hugely excited to be playing in back-to-back majors."

Green's mentor Karrie Webb is making her 17th appearance at the British Open which she first won at Woburn in 1995, before it was classed as a major, and then again at Turnberry in 2002 when it was.

The veteran Queenslander, who was the last Australian to win a major before Green in 2006 at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, is also drawn in the morning groups in what's forecast to be an overcast but mostly dry day.

Also in action for Australia are Su Oh, Katherine Kirk, Sarah Kemp and Whitney Hillier.

South Korean World No.1 Jin-Young Ko is chasing her third major title this year.

If she wins this weekend, she will become just the fourth player to have had a three-major season on the women's circuit.

Australians in action at the Women's British Open on Thursday:

First-round tee off times

* Minjee Lee - 4.25pm (AEST)

* Hannah Green - 4.36pm

* Karrie Webb - 5.31pm

* Su Oh - 5.58pm

* Whitney Hillier - 7.48pm

* Katherine Kirk - 11.33pm

* Sarah Kemp - 11.44pm


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