Minjee Lee enjoys million dollar rookie year

They say earning your first million is always the most difficult.

If that’s the case then we have truly witnessed something special from rookie West Australian professional Minjee Lee in 2015.

Minjee Lee Minjee Lee celebrates her first LPGA win at the Kingsmill Championship in May

That’s because Lee already has that first million safely in the bank, thanks to a stellar season on the rich US LPGA Tour, with her $US821,121 well and truly putting her in the million-dollar class in Aussie dollars.

The girl with the permanent smile has almost become the smiling “assassin” of the LPGA Tour in just one year, highlighted by her success in the Kingsmill Championship in May.

Still only 19, the facts and figures of Lee’s first year on the toughest women’s tour in the world make quite staggering reading.

For starters, her scoring average was 70.88, which was 17th best on the Tour.

She improved on that to sixth on tour in the number of birdies she produced – 377 in all.

Lee proved an ‘iron’ lady in more ways than one too – she played an extraordinary 29 events in her rookie season…which should ensure she waltzes away with their Rookie Of The Year title.

What makes that stat even more impressive is that she made the cut in 24 of those 29 events, so she played a lot more golf than most of her rivals.

And she added to that by finishing third in the number of eagles made on tour for the season, she made 11.

Lee has stunned the golfing world at such a young age by earning a world ranking of 12, surging past her idol Karrie Webb (42nd) and numerous other LPGA Tour legends on her way up the ladder.

And while her inaugural Tour win was probably the year’s highlight, Lee can come home to Australia boasting seven top-10 finishes for the year.

And only champions do that.