Minjee Lee advises her brother on golf excellence

She won’t tell him as much, but Minjee Lee has hailed her younger brother Min Woo Lee as a big pending winner as the emerging talent seeks a place in the Masters.

Lee ended his spectacular European Tour season on Sunday with a tie for 16th at the DP World Tour Championship in the Middle East, enough for the West Australian to finish sixth in the 2021 Race To Dubai.

After securing a berth at next year’s 150th British Open in St Andrews with his moving triumph at the Scottish Open in July, Lee is also getting closer to a golden assist for Augusta National.

Lee must finish the calendar year in the top 50 in the world to secure a place in the Masters.

He currently sits 51st in the table after four top 10 and eight top 20 results in his last 13 European Tour events and a strong performance at the PGA Australian Championship next month at Royal Brisbane will do the trick.

Former world number one Adam Scott last week hailed Lee as a “super talent,” but the Perth star’s sister went further, saying the 23-year-old was capable of winning a major championship.

“I always thought he was going to be really good but I never tell him because he will have such a big head,” Minjee Lee told AAP.

“He’s just naturally talented. If he matures a little more, once he’s a little older, he’ll be able to control his emotions a little better and understand his game a little more.

“I have a feeling that once he gets there, there’s a 100% chance that he’ll probably win a major tournament.

“He’s already matured a lot in the last two years he’s played on the European Tour.

“He’s still figuring things out but, to be honest, I feel like he’s gonna be awesome, yeah.”

Just take a look at the few who finished above Lee in the Race to Dubai – reigning Open champion Collin Morikawa, former FedExCup winner Billy Horschel, no. World No. 1 John Rahm and England duo Matt Fitzpatrick and Tyrrell Hatton to see how far Lee has come since the start of the year ranked 172nd.

Minjee herself beat her for the elusive first major in July when she won the Evian Championship in France.

But the world No.7 and 25-year-old former No.2 says she never really felt she had the bragging rights of golf in her family.

“To be honest, I never really felt like he was in my shadow, although he must have felt like he was in my shadow,” she said.

“But we have such different personalities. I felt like he was always going to be great.

“He puts on a really good show and I feel like a lot of people like to watch him and he’s fun to watch.

“So I always thought he was going to be good on TV and on tour, he would make a lot of friends and be really social.

“And now he’s winning too.”

Min Woo’s Scottish victory came just days before Minjee’s victory at the Evian Championship and the siblings were able to celebrate together in the United States.

“He told me that every day we got the exact same score and we both won in the playoffs,” Minjee said.

“What are the chances that this could happen? It was a little scary but fun and cool in a good way.”