Seven for a big fight

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Minjee Lee will lead the Aussie attack on Rancho Mirage.

Australia will demonstrably launch the biggest attack on ANA inspiration this week.

Seven Aussie women will beat it, with the aim of starting the big championship season by diving into the legendary Poppie's Pound at Rancho Mirage in the California desert east of Los Angeles.

And each, for different reasons, can claim to break the Aussie Great Drought that extends all the way to this tournament in 2006, when Karrie Webb played one of the biggest shots in Australian golf history on her way to winning what when it was called Kraft Nabisco Championship.

Webb, hunting for main number 8, returns, but she will no longer take on the Aussie challenge with world No.3 Minjee Lee among the favorites.

Working against Lee is that she has not yet found a way to win a major, but that she has been so consistent in the clinch with the LPGA Tour – remarkable that she has 40 top 10 finishes in just four years on tour – will come in handy for her come the weekend.

Katherine Kirk arrives in a blood-curdling form with a spotless 65 in San Diego last weekend, while fellow Queenslander Sarah Jane Smith enjoyed her best big results last year and would like to make a splash before she starts on maternity leave.

Younger Hannah Green enjoyed a 16th share last year on her big championship debut, while somewhere near Su Oh & # 39; s best for four consecutive rounds should be enough to also have the Victorian in the Sunday mix.

And then there's the bolter, Sarah Kemp. The beautiful New South Wales golfer plays effectively with house money, who lost everything but her card last year, but paved his way in the field – and after this season and after – thanks to the best results in Australia last summer.

"It's really an exciting week for the Aussies," Golf Australia's female pad manager from the United States said this week.

"We have a group of women who are all ready to do well during the first major championship of the year and they each have a reason why they can put on their hats to have self-confidence.

"Of course everyone is hopeful for Minjee because she's been knocking on the door for a while, but all the girls are very enthusiastic and it's so good to give seven people that confidence for such a great opportunity."

The ANA Inspiration is shown live throughout the weekend on various Fox Sports channels, starting on Friday morning and ending on Monday (Australian time).

Follow the progress of the Aussies at http://www.lpga.com/leaderboard during the tournament.

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