"We Don't Bite" - Minjee Lee On Playing With Aramco Team Series Amateurs

We catch up with five-time LPGA Tour winner Minjee Lee ahead of the unique Aramco Team Series

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We catch up with five-time LPGA Tour winner Minjee Lee ahead of the unique Aramco Team Series

"We Don't Bite" - Minjee Lee On Playing With Aramco Team Series Amateurs

World No.14 Minjee Lee is one of the star names at this week's Aramco Team Series where professionals will play in teams of four alongside two other pros and one amateur.

The Aussie star, a five-time LPGA Tour champion and two-time LET winner, says that amateurs will be made to feel comfortable in what will surely be a nerve-wracking few days.

"They might be a little nervous playing with three other professionals so maybe just have fun, I mean if they have any questions we’re really happy to answer them so we don’t bite," the former World No.2 told Golf Monthly on how the amateurs will cope.

"Just as long as we keep them relaxed then they’ll be relaxed.

"I guess if they need help then we can help them so maybe that will be a benefit.

"I think it’s a pretty cool format, something that’s not been done before so it will just be a cool opportunity and a different experience."

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Minjee is excited for the week ahead in what is a unique format on Tour.

"Yeah it’s my first time here and I haven’t been around this kind of format before so I’m pretty excited," she said.

"I feel like because we’re playing with three pros I think it’s a little bit more relaxed than other events.

"We’re out there relentless every week going head to head so I feel like it’s just a little different atmosphere out here on the LET.

"Much more friendly. I just really like playing the LET events so it’s really nice to be here.

"I think it just gets the community more into the game of golf because we play it in a much more fun atmosphere and setting.

"It’s just a great experience for us and the amateurs as well. Something different.

"I just think it brings a lot of interest, so really good."

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Lee also thinks that the LET is heading in the right direction, with the Tour playing for its biggest prize funds this year despite the impact of the pandemic.

"I think it’s definitely gone in the right direction," she said.

"I know a lot of the girls were struggling with having such a small schedule before they merged [the LPGA and LET].

"If you can get as many opportunities as you can get to play the better so I think everybody is happy out here."

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Honma TR20

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x