Aussie Minjee Lee two strokes off the lead at LPGA’s Michigan Basic

Japan’s Ayaka Furue shot a bogey-free 5-under 67 at Michigan’s  Blythefield Nation Membership to take a one-stroke lead into the weekend within the Meijer LPGA Basic, however Minjee Lee isn’t going away.

A part of a five-way tie for the first-round lead, Furue had an 11-under 133 complete within the remaining occasion earlier than the foremost KPMG Girls’s PGA Championship subsequent week at Baltusrol in New Jersey.

Hyo Joo Kim (65), Leona Maguire (65), Carlota Ciganda (66) and Amy Yang (67) had been a stroke again.

Defending champion Jennifer Kupcho (69) is at 9-under together with Lee (67), Manon De Roey (65), Aditi Ashok (67), Emily Kristine Pedersen (68) and Lindsey Weaver-Wright (69).

“All people goes low,” Maguire mentioned. “You’re feeling like you need to go low, you need to be making birdies to even simply keep in place, not to mention transfer up. Simply extra of the identical over the weekend.”

Win some, lose some

Like in her opening spherical, world No.5 Lee had six birdies however made three bogeys once more.

However her spherical was one shot higher this time, courtesy of an eagle on the par-five eighth.

Hannah Inexperienced is at 4-under for the match after the Perth star posted a 3-under 71 to maneuver into tied thirty fourth.

Grace Kim and Stephanie Kyriacou each made the 2-under minimize on the road after making 71 and 73 respectively.

The 23-year-old Furue gained the Girls’s Scottish Open final summer time. She misplaced to Pajaree Anannarukarn final month within the remaining of the LPGA Match-Play and has 5 top-four finishes this season.

“I simply wish to preserve taking part in my golf,” Furue mentioned.

Momentum vs. fatigue

Kupcho had six birdies and three bogeys a day after a bogey-free 66.

“Wasn’t hitting the ball in addition to I used to be yesterday, so sort of simply battled my means via the spherical,” Kupcho mentioned.

Ciganda eagled the par-5 fourth and eighth holes. She holed a “pitch shot” from 50 yards on No.4 and made a 15-foot putt on No.8.

“General, very completely satisfied,” Ciganda mentioned. “Taking part in good and making putts and excited for the weekend.”

Ashleigh Buhai, the ShopRite LPGA Basic winner final week in New Jersey, was 8-under after her second 68.

“Big quantity of momentum, clearly, but additionally numerous fatigue,” Buhai mentioned. “I took Monday and Tuesday off simply to attempt to recuperate slightly bit.”

Brooke Henderson, the Canadian who gained the occasion in 2017 and 2019, birdied the par-5 18th for a 73 to make the 2-under minimize.

Lexi Thompson and Lydia Ko missed the minimize. Thompson, the 2015 winner, adopted her opening 69 with a 74, and Ko had her second straight 72.




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