09 Dec 2020 | Professional golf |
Minjee Lee begins major quest
by Martin Blake
Australia's top-ranked player Minjee Lee begins her quest for her first major championship win on the Jackrabbit course at Champions Golf Club in Houston tomorrow.
Lee, the world No. 8 who logged her best ever finish in a major -- third at the AIG Women's Open at Royal Troon this year -- will play with Charley Hull of England and Korea's Hae Ran Ryu on Thursday.
She tees off at 11.37am local, or 4.37am Friday Australian eastern time.
Top Australian amateur Gabriela Ruffels has a star-studden group, playing alongside the 2019 US Women's Open champion, Jeongeun Lee6 of South Korea, and Hinako Shibuno, the 2019 Women's British Open champion. They go at 11.37am on the Cyprus Creek course at Champions.
Perth's Hannah Green, Australia's most recent major winner, is in the next group with Texan Stacy Lewis and Korean Seon Woo Bae.
There are six Australians -- Lee, Ruffels, Green, Su Oh, Sarah Jane Smith and Katherine Kirk in the field.
Fox Sports and Kayo Sports will carry live coverage from 2.30am (Australian eastern time) Friday. THURSDAY TEE TIMES (deduct 7 hours for Aus eastern time; deduct 10 hours for Perth time) 1st tee Cypress Creek course 10:20 a.m. Angela Stanford, Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Nicole Broch Larsen 10:31 a.m. Pauline Roussin-Bouchard (a), Christina Kim, Meghan MacLaren 10:42 a.m. Jaye Marie Green, Jing Yan, Benedetta Moresco (a) 10:53 a.m. Katherine Kirk, Azahara Munoz, Minami Katsu 11:04 a.m. Sarah Schmelzel, Emily Kristine Pedersen, Caterina Don (a) 11:15 a.m. Ashleigh Buhai, Xiyu Lin, Su Oh 11:26 a.m. Ayaka Furue, Angel Yin, Mamiko Higa 11:37 a.m. Danielle Kang, Anna Nordqvist, Jin Young Ko 11:48 a.m. Sophia Popov, Mi Jung Hur, Carlota Ciganda 11:59 a.m. Lexi Thompson, Nelly Korda, Heejeong Lim 12:10 p.m. Gaby Lopez, Jasmine Suwannapura, Narin An 12:21 p.m. Alena Sharp, Ji Yeong Kim2, Ingrid Lindblad (a) 12:32 p.m. Yuka Saso, Allisen Corpuz, Heeyoung Park (a) 10th tee Cypress Creek course 0:20 a.m. Cheyenne Knight, Agathe Laisne (a), Minyoung2 Lee 10:31 a.m. Pajaree Anannarukarn, Perrine Delacour, Kelly Tan 10:42 a.m. Brittany Lang, Pernilla Lindberg, Esther Henseleit 10:53 a.m. Sarah Jane Smith, Jeongeun Lee, Linn Grant (a) 11:04 a.m. Kana Mikashima, Amelia Garvey (a), Kim Kaufman 11:15 a.m. Yealimi Noh, Jenny Shin, Lei Ye (a) 11:26 a.m. Amy Olson, Jennifer Song, Morgan Pressel 11:37 a.m. Jeongeun Lee6, Gabriela Ruffels (a), Hinako Shibuno 11:48 a.m. Stacy Lewis, Seon Woo Bae, Hannah Green 11:59 a.m. Jessica Korda, Amy Yang, Georgia Hall 12:10 p.m. Lala Anai, Maria Fernanez Torres, Ryann O’Toole 12:21 p.m. Yu Jin Sung, Lucie Malchirand (a), Ana Belac 12:32 p.m. Emily Toy (a), Andrea Lee, Seung Yeon Lee 1st tee Jackrabbit course
10:20 a.m. Kristen Gillman, Bronte Law, Yu Liu 10:31 a.m. Olivia Mehaffey (a), Lindsey Weaver, Annie Park 10:42 a.m. Lauren Stephenson, Austin Kim (a), Cydney Clanton 10:53 a.m. Mi Hyang Lee, Nanna Koerstz Madsen, Momoko Ueda 11:04 a.m. Patty Tavatanakit, Fatima Fernandez Cano, Alessia Nobilio (a) 11:15 a.m. Megan Khang, Emilia Migliaccio (a), Eun-Hee Ji 11:26 a.m. Brittany Lincicome, Cristie Kerr, Gerina Piller 11:37 a.m. Charley Hull, Minjee Lee, Hae Ran Ryu 11:48 a.m. Sung Hyun Park, Austin Ernst, Mirim Lee 11:59 a.m. Jennifer Kupcho, In Gee Chun, Moriya Jutanugarn 12:10 p.m. Ally Ewing, Mel Reid, Madelene Sagstrom 12:21 p.m. Nuria Iturrioz, Sayaka Takahashi, Ina Kim-Schaad (a) 12:32 p.m. Emma Spitz (a), Christine Wolf, Frida Kinhult 10th tee Jackrabbit course 10:20 a.m. Kaitlyn Papp (a), Marianne Skarpnord, Pornanong Phatlum 10:31 a.m. Caroline Masson, Mone Inami, Yuna Nishimura 10:42 a.m. Linnea Strom, Janie Jackson, Lily May Humphreys (a) 10:53 a.m. Chella Choi, Caroline Hedwall, Mina Harigae 11:04 a.m. Sakura Koiwai, Mi-Jeong Jeon, Teresa Lu 11:15 a.m. Maja Stark (a), Eri Okayama, Asuka Kashiwabara 11:26 a.m. Nasa Hataoka, Rose Zhang (a), Celine Boutier 11:37 a.m. Brooke Henderson, Heyjin Choi, Lizette Salas 11:48 a.m. Lydia Ko, Sei Young Kim, Brittany Altomare 11:59 a.m. Inbee Park, Ariya Jutanugarn, So Yeon Ryu 12:10 p.m. Bianca Pagdanganan, Anne van Dam, Maria Fassi 12:21 p.m. Yui Kawamoto, Ho-Yu An (a), A Lim Kim 12:32 p.m. Erika Hara, Saki Asai, Beatrice Wallin (a)
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