‘Cold turkey’ change for Aussie star

Lee, a two-time major champion, has been a regular winner and top-10 phenom for the best part of a decade and in 2023 didn’t miss a single cut in 21 events, winning twice to take her career haul of titles to 13.

But more than six months into 2024, the 28-year-old is not only yet to taste victory, having featured in only 11 events, Lee has missed more cuts, four, than in any previous season dating back to 2015 when she was a teenager.

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Minjee Lee isn’t hitting the panic button. Picture: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

The former world No.2 made a major move in the off-season, changing her all clubs and the ball she has used with so much success, joining her brother, Min Woo, in the Callaway stable.

She has only teed it up at 11 of the LPGA’s 18 events and while Lee conceded she hadn’t brought her “A-game” so far this year, having also fallen out of the world’s top 10 for the first time since 2018, she wasn’t hitting any panic buttons.

“In terms of probably not having my A game, I knew it was going to be a bit tough with changing all my equipment pretty much cold turkey,” she said.

“I changed my clubs, the ball, everything, so there’s going to be a bit of transition time and I already knew that.

“I’m trying not to dwell on my not-so-great performances and trying to take the positives each week. It seems like it has been improving week to week.”

Lee is one of seven Australians playing in this week’s Evian Championship, the Aussie women’s presence at majors so far this year greater than their male compatriots.

It looms as another chance for Lee, a former winner of the event in France, to hit her straps before she heads to her third Olympics and then a bigger playing schedule in the second half of the year.

“I still have a few events prior to the Olympics, hopefully get some form going in,” said Lee, who has hit the winner’s list at least once every year since 2018.

“You never know, one week can really turn everything around, that’s the nature of golf. I’m looking forward to those next few events and everything leading up to the Olympics.

“It just seems like the back half of the year we have more events, with the Olympics, the British Open, with Evian – I still have a pretty jam-packed end of the year.”