Minjee Lee, Nasa Hataoka co-lead at ShopRite LPGA Traditional – NEWPAPER24
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June 24, 2018
Minjee Lee, Nasa Hataoka co-lead at ShopRite LPGA Traditional
ROGERS, Ark. (AP) – Minjee Lee wasn’t all that involved when she missed her first reduce of the yr this month on the ShopRite LPGA Traditional.
The ninth-ranked Australian has definitely checked out ease and again in kind at Pinnacle Nation Membership in her first occasion since then.
Lee and Japan’s Nasa Hataoka every shot 6-under 65 on Saturday to Share the second-round lead within the NW Arkansas Championship 13-under 129. Lee is chasing her fifth victory since turning professional three years in the past. It’s additionally a chance to place any lingering frustration over that missed reduce two weeks in the past behind her for good.
“I didn’t significantly hit it unhealthy, regardless that I missed the reduce at ShopRite, I simply didn’t actually gap any putts,” Lee stated. “I’d been hitting it fairly stable going into that match and even into this match, too. Simply to see a pair putts roll in has been good.”
The 22-year-old Lee wanted solely 24 putts throughout her opening 64 on Friday, serving to her to match the low spherical of her profession. Regardless of needing 28 putts Saturday, she nonetheless briefly took the outright lead after reaching as little as 14 below after a birdie on the par-5 seventh.
Lee missed the inexperienced on the par-Four ninth quickly thereafter to result in her solely bogey of the day and a tie with the 19-year-old Hataoka, who’s in pursuit of her first profession win.
Hataoka birdied six of eight holes halfway by means of her bogey-free spherical on Saturday. It was yet one more stellar efficiency from the Japanese teenager, who has completed within the high 10 in 4 of her final 5 tournaments and can be part of Sunday’s remaining pairing.
“I attempt to make birdies and attempt to be below par, that’s actually the important thing for me to get a high ten,” Hataoka stated. “Golf is simply attempting to be within the high 10 each single week, in order that’s the important thing.”
Third-ranked Lexi Thompson matched the low spherical of the day with a 64 to get to 11 below. She hit 17 of 18 fairways and shot a 5-under 30 on her opening 9, The American is seeking her first win since September within the Indy Ladies in Tech Championship.
Ariya Jutanugarn and Celine Boutier have been 10 below.
First-round chief Gaby Lopez adopted her opening 63 with a 75 to drop to Four below. Fellow former Arkansas star Stacy Lewis additionally was Four below after a 72.
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