PRATTVILLE, ALABAMA | She went to a corner where she could work in relative solitude, beside the trailers marked “Rules” and “Tournament Office,” a spot where the only sounds were the hum of generators and a guy with a thick South Alabama accent announcing, “We need more trash bags.”
Minjee Lee finds comfort in the quiet. Not because the 19-year-old two-time LPGA Tour winner is antisocial. It’s because she’s a kid.
She and her caddie, Jeremy Young, found the one practice green at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Capitol Hill as far away from the clubhouse as possible, a spot where she could work on short pitches, tight chips, long putts and a few bunker shots away from the crowd and the cameras.
Lee is shy the way most 19-year-olds are in big settings, especially when they’re 11,000 miles from home. A native of Perth, Australia, she has stood awkwardly in the spotlight since beating Alison Lee in the U.S. Girls’ Junior at age 16.
That discomfort is accentuated by the fact that the LPGA Tour is replete with teenagers who act like they’re 30. Whether it’s just-barely-19-year-old Lydia Ko seeming to set records every week she plays or 18-year-old Brooke Henderson, who has….. READ FULL ARTICLE