29 Apr 2021 | Professional golf |

Minjee Lee: Warm-up of a champion

by Dane Heverin

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Minjee Lee is coming off a top-three in a major. Photo: Getty

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It is no surprise that Minjee Lee does not turn up a few minutes before her tee time, hit a few putts on the practice green and then head to the first tee.

You do not reach the heights of the top ten in the world rankings without meticulous preparation.

Every player has a different routine, but the common feature is a strong purpose in their practice.

In preparation for the HSBC Women’s World Championships in Singapore this week, Lee made it clear that her practice’s purpose is to ensure her short game is dialled in.

Her 65 minute warm-up consists of 98 shots. 

86 of which are specific to the short game - 45 putts and 41 short irons.

Remarkably, her warm-up with the longer clubs is more similar to your average club golfer.

Three drives, three 3-wood shots, six mid-irons and good to go.

Heading to the tee, her short game is on point and she’s ready to let it rip off the tee.

The narrow fairways and challenging greens at Sentosa Golf Club’s Tanjong Course will demand that Lee’s game is in fine order, especially if she is to better her runner-up finish at the tournament’s last start in 2019.

Hannah Green, Katherine Kirk and Su Oh are the other Aussies teeing it up in Singapore.

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Warm-up breakdown:

  • Total time: 65 minutes

  • Total shots: 98

  • Putts: 45

  • Short irons: 41

  • Mid-irons: 6

  • 3-wood: 3

  • Driver: 3

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