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Golfer Lee sets sights on Olympics

By Korea Herald

Published : March 13, 2014 - 20:11

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HAIKOU, China (AFP) ― Teenage sensation Lee Min-jee said she is in no rush to follow New Zealand’s Lydia Ko by turning professional as she plots a path to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The 17-year-old Australian has assumed Ko’s former crown by becoming the world’s top-ranked amateur and making waves with her performances at professional events. Last month, Lee won the Victorian Open by six strokes and was runner-up to Tiger Woods’ niece Cheyenne at the Australian Ladies Masters.

She tied for fourth in a star-studded field at last week’s World Ladies Championship in China ― and was then invited to her first major, next month’s Kraft Nabisco Championship in California.

The level-headed Lee, who comes from Perth, said she is not about to abandon her plan to turn professional late this year and build towards the next Olympics.

“There’s no rush,” she said at Mission Hills Haikou, during the World Ladies Championship.