Australia’s Min-Jee Lee vaults into LPGA Lotte lead

Min-Jee Lee of Australia reacts to a birdie putt on the eighth green during the second round of the LPGA Lotte Championship, at Ko Olina Golf Club in Kapolei, Hawaii, on April 14, 2016

Los Angeles (AFP) – Australian Min-Jee Lee vaulted into sole possession of the lead at the LPGA Tour’s Lotte Championship after a bogey free round.

Lee on Thursday shot a sizzling six-under 66 at the Ko Olina Golf Club in Oahu, Hawaii for a 10-under 134 total.

She finished with six birdies including one stretch of five in six holes, beginning on the par-three eighth.

“I have just been having fun and hitting my shots one shot at time,” Lee said.

Lee got off to a good start with a birdie on the first and then made six straight pars before her birdie run, which straddled the turn.

Her five birdies in six holes moved her to 10-under. Lee closed with five pars to hold the 36-hole lead for the second time in her young career.

“I holed a couple of nice putts and, yeah, just got my momentum going on the front nine,” Lee said. “I birdied eight and nine, so I think the momentum carried on through the back nine.”

Katie Burnett is two shots back at eight-under after a second round 66, while Jang Su-Yeon is in third place at seven-under.


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