A spot on the Australian Olympic team is at stake ahead of this week’s US Women’s Open.
Minjee Lee, Su-Hyun Oh and Karrie Webb will tee it up in this week’s US Women’s Open at CordeValle with all three Australians vying for the two places on Australia’s Olympic Golf team.
Minjee Lee and Su-Hyun-Oh represent the next generation of Australian women’s golf and have been mentored by Webb throughout the early parts of their careers, flying them to different tournaments and offering advice on life as a professional golfer.
Some great recent form have seen both 20-year-old’s rise on the world golf rankings with Lee now ranked and Oh 39th.
Lee’s form in particular has been very good, posting six top-25 finishes in her last six tournaments including three top-10 finishes and is a lock-in for the Olympic team. Her best finish in a major was a tie for ninth place at last year’s Women’s British Open but you’d expect Lee may do better than that at Cordevalle this week.
Arguably Australia’s greatest ever golfer, Karrie Webb has struggled with her swing and hasn’t posted a top-10 since the Australian Open in February, missing three cuts along the way and slumping to 59th in the world.
It would be ironic if Webb missed out on a spot on the Olympic team to the young stars of the next generation she inspired. A great result, if not victory is required for Webb to overtake Oh in the rankings and realise her Olympic dream, a motivating factor in continuing to play professional golf into her 40s.
Few Australian athletes can perform as well under pressure than Webb and you wouldn’t bet against her winning the US Women’s Open for a third time this week.