For starters, Min Lee is not Minjee Lee. People confuse them all the time. For years, Min Lee said, her bio page had featured Minjee Lee’s picture on a major golf website. The same thing happens in stories written about her back home in Taiwan. Even in Minjee’s native Australia, Min Lee is mistaken for the five-time winner from Perth.
Min Lee went to her personal Facebook page to jokingly clear up the matter: “I’m Min Lee, just six letters. Becoming a member is not difficult. I am from Taiwan.”
Min Lee isn’t upset about the confusion. She’s got used to it by now, and it’s easy to tell by her infectious personality that she’s a good sport in general. After a narrow loss to Matilda Castren at the LPGA Mediheal last week, Lee went out of his way to offer congratulations.
“Of course she played a lot better up front,” said Lee of Castren’s incredible start, “so I’m not going to punish myself for having a great week.”
Min Lee | @CastrenMatilda | @MEDIHEALChamp pic.twitter.com/wAdATjJF1i
– LPGA (@LPGA) June 14, 2021
So great that Lee jumped into position to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics and catapulted 150 spots to 126th place on the Rolex rankings.
Last week, Lee set out to become the first player to win the Symetra Tour and LPGA in consecutive starts. After winning her third Symetra title at the Mission Inn Resort & Club Championship on May 30, Lee held the 54-hole lead at Mediheal for the first time since joining the LPGA in 2015.
Castren made history by becoming the first Finnish player to win a tournament with a sensational 65th finals. But Lee, with her adorable personality, beaming smile, and brave game, has also won many new fans.
Lee said she is comfortable at the Meijer LPGA Classic in Michigan this week because she has been with the Fink family for several years. Since arriving in Grand Rapids, they and Min, who recently turned 26, have been celebrating June birthdays at Fink’s house.
Castren is not in the Meijer field but recently secured tickets from the USGA to see the US Open at Torrey Pines. She will be back in action at the KPMG Women’s PGA next week.
Lee spent all of 2020 at home in Taiwan during the COVID-19 pandemic, attending the Taiwan LPGA, and thanks for the time she spent with male professionals improving her short game.
“It was a lot of fun training with the boys,” she said, “because their point of view is so different from the women’s.”
Lee came to the US in 2013 to train at Annika Sorenstam’s academy near Orlando and to work with the Swede’s longtime instructor, Henri Reis.
She has jumped back and forth between the Symetra Tour and the LPGA, though that will end after a T-31 at the Pure Silk Championship and a runner-up at Mediheal.
“My only goal is to settle on the LPGA,” she said, “and then try to stay here as long as possible.”
Lee grew up playing the piano but really focused on the guitar during the pandemic. She keeps calm during the rounds by playing classical music in her head.
“I want a band,” she said, “but maybe a one-person band. My goal is to create my songs. “
Lee had the week off before the mediheal – she wasn’t at the US Women’s Open – and spent the time learning to cook with a friend who lives in the Bay Area.
“We made Taiwanese dessert,” she said, “and I made duck and it turned out really good. I loved it.”
The fun-loving Lee is expressive on the golf course and easily converses with the media. She seems to be very comfortable in every situation she is in.
The groundbreaking victory of his compatriot Wei-Ling Hsu at Kingsmill was of course even more inspiration.
“That really makes me fight harder,” she said. “I mean, because it’s been how many years, 10 years since Yani last won the tournament?
“We grew up together, we’re about the same age, and we train together when we grow up. We were classmates the whole time and I really think about it, if she can do it, I can do it too. “