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Ogilvy predicts big things for Min Woo Lee

By AAP Newswire

Former US Open champion Geoff Ogilvy predicts Min Woo Lee has the tools to crack into the world's top 10 - as long as the rising golf star doesn't get bogged down by mental "scar tissue".

Lee is only three tournaments into his professional career, but has already recorded a fourth-placed finish in a star-stacked European Tour event.

The 20-year-old West Australian will be one of the drawcards at this week's World Super 6 Perth golf event at Lake Karrinyup, where Ogilvy will also play.

Ogilvy has seen plenty of talent across his 21-year professional career, and he likes what he sees from Lee.

"He's got all the tools," Ogilvy said.

"If he can take all these tools and learn the craft of the game a little bit, there's no reason he's not a top-10 player in the world. He really looks that good.

"You develop scar tissue as a professional golfer as you go along, because bad things happen, unlucky things happen, and it's a tough sport to play.

"So if you can have more good things than bad things happen and beat the scar tissue thing ... he'll get in a big tournament one day and win a big tournament, and then you're away."

While Lee's career is just getting started, Ogilvy is winding his own one down as he attempts to spend more time with his family.

Ogilvy moved back to Australia early last month, and predicts he will play between 10-15 tournaments in 2019.

"I just want to do the school run, the footy coaching, all that sort of stuff," said the father-of-three.

"I want to be Australian for a while. Play golf selectively, and work on my game."

Last year was a horror one for the 41-year-old, who missed 14 of 16 cuts on the US PGA Tour.

It was during that stretch that Ogilvy realised it was time to move home.

"It was August, and I missed my third cut in a row and I wasn't sad about it. That was a bad situation," Ogilvy said.

"I'd always been completely apocalyptic when I missed the cut. You couldn't come near me. I couldn't handle it.

"And then last year in the middle of the year I was missing them and I was like, 'I get to go home'.

"There was no sadness at all. And then that's when I thought this is not right."

Ogilvy says he's more motivated than ever to improve his game, "but I've never been less motivated to run around with a suitcase and go to strange places and leave the family".