For the second consecutive day, Minjee Lee posted six birdies. This time, though, it was a bogey-free round, and the lack of blemishes pushed the 19-year-old two ahead at the Lotte Championship.

Lee posted rounds of 68 and 66 over the first two days at Ko Olina Golf Club in Oahu, Hawaii, putting her out to 10 under while her closest competition (Katie Burnett) sits at 8 under.

Ball-striking appears to be Lee’s main catalyst in Hawaii thus far, but the flatstick has also played a role.

“I holed a couple of nice putts (today) and just got my momentum going on the front nine,” Lee said. “I birdied 8 and 9, so I think the momentum carried on through the back nine.”

Lee posted a birdie at the first and all six of her red scores by the time she walked off the 13th green. She had yet to find much contending form in 2016 prior to this week. The Australian boasted just one top 10 in eight starts, with six finishes somewhere in the 20s (T-21, T-20, T-24, T-20, T-20, T-26).

But Lee did capture her first LPGA title as an 18-year-old last year at the Kingsmill Championship. So far in windy Hawaii conditions, she has recaptured that magic through a simple formula.

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

Behind Burnett sit Su-Yeon Jang ( 7 under), Moriya Jutanugarn (6 under) and 23-year-old Sei Young Kim (6 under), already a four-time LPGA winner. Megan Khang, 18, posted the round of the day, 64, to rocket from T-90 to T-7 at 4 under.

Lexi Thompson followed an opening 75 with a Thursday 66 to reach 3 under. The 21-year-old pointed to a balky putter for her woes on Day One, but a better flatstick the following round aided a turnaround from T-77 to T-10. A change in mentality also bolstered the second-round performance.

“I would say my attitude was the main focus (today),” Thompson said. “Even if I played bad today, my main focus was just to have a good attitude out there. I guess the good attitude came with the good play.”

The final 36 holes will be played over the following two days, with the Lotte Championship ending on Saturday.

 

POS GOLFERTRKCNTSCORETHRUTODAYR1R2R3R4TOTAL 
1  
Minjee Lee
  AUS -10   -6 68 66 - - 134  
2  
Katie Burnett
  USA -8   -6 70 66 - - 136  
3  
Su Yeon Jang
  KOR -7   -6 71 66 - - 137  
T4  
Moriya Jutanugarn
  THA -6   -2 68 70 - - 138  
T4  
Sei Young Kim
  KOR -6   -3 69 69 - - 138  
6  
Brooke Henderson
  CAN -5   -2 69 70 - - 139  
T7  
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
  ENG -4   -5 73 67 - - 140  
T7  
Danielle Kang
  USA -4   -4 72 68 - - 140  
T7  
Megan Khang
  USA -4   -8 76 64 - - 140  
T10  
In Gee Chun
  KOR -3   -5 74 67 - - 141  
T10  
Shanshan Feng
  CHN -3   -4 73 68 - - 141  
T10  
Eun-Hee Ji
  KOR -3   -1 70 71 - - 141  
T10  
Joanna Klatten
  FRA -3   -2 71 70 - - 141  
T10  
Azahara Munoz
  ESP -3   -2 71 70 - - 141  
T10  
Lizette Salas
  USA -3   -6 75 66 - - 141  
T10  
Nontaya Srisawang
  THA -3   -1 70 71 - - 141  
T10  
Lexi Thompson
  USA -3   -6 75 66 - - 141  
T18  
Paula Creamer
  USA -2   -2 72 70 - - 142  
T18  
Ariya Jutanugarn
  THA -2   -2 72 70 - - 142  
T18  
Pernilla Lindberg
  SWE -2   E 70 72 - - 142  
T18  
Lee-Anne Pace
  ZAF -2   -3 73 69 - - 142  
T18  
Suzann Pettersen
  NOR -2   -1 71 71 - - 142  
T18  
Alena Sharp
  CAN -2   1 69 73 - - 142  
T18  
Jenny Shin
  KOR -2   -4 74 68 - - 142  
T18  
Kris Tamulis
  USA -2   -2 72 70 - - 142  
T26  
Q Baek
  KOR -1   -3 74 69 - - 143  
T26  
Haeji Kang
  KOR -1   -2 73 70 - - 143  
T26  
Lydia Ko
  NZL -1   E 71 72 - - 143  
T26  
P.K. Kongkraphan
  THA -1   -3 74 69 - - 143  
T26  
Stephanie Kono
  USA -1   -1 72 71 - - 143  
T26  
Mo Martin
  USA -1   -1 72 71 - - 143  
T26  
Ai Miyazato
  JPN -1   -4 75 68 - - 143  
T26  
Becky Morgan
  WAL -1   -1 72 71 - - 143  
T26  
Haru Nomura
  JPN -1   -1 72 71 - - 143  
T26  
Pornanong Phatlum
  THA -1   -2 73 70 - - 143  
T26  
Beatriz Recari
  ESP -1   -1 72 71 - - 143  
T26  
Thidapa Suwannapura
  THA -1   -1 72 71 - - 143  
T26  
Julie Yang
  KOR -1   -2 73 70 - - 143  
T39  
Chella Choi
  KOR E   -1 73 71 - - 144  
T39  
Holly Clyburn
  ENG E   -2 74 70 - - 144  
T39  
Casey Grice
  USA E   -2 74 70 - - 144  
T39  
Kim Kaufman
  USA E   3 69 75 - - 144  
T39  
Cristie Kerr
  USA E   2 70 74 - - 144  
T39  
Min Lee
    E   E 72 72 - - 144  
T39  
Briana Mao
  USA E   -2 74 70 - - 144  
T39  
Su-Hyun Oh
  AUS E   1 71 73 - - 144  
T39  
Marion Ricordeau
  FRA E   1 71 73 - - 144  
T39  
Kelly Shon
  USA E   E 72 72 - - 144  
T49  
Hye Jin Choi
  KOR 1   1 72 73 - - 145  
T49  
Jacqui Concolino
  USA 1   -1 74 71 - - 145  
T49  
Simin Feng
  CHN 1   E 73 72 - - 145  
T49  
Mi Jung Hur
  KOR 1   E 73 72 - - 145  
T49  
Sarah Kemp
  AUS 1   -2 75 70 - - 145  
T49  
Brittany Lang
  USA 1   1 72 73 - - 145  
T49  
Lee Lopez
  USA 1   E 73 72 - - 145  
T49  
Inbee Park
  KOR 1   -1 74 71 - - 145  
T49  
Sadena Parks
  USA 1   E 73 72 - - 145  
T49  
Samantha Richdale
  CAN 1   E 73 72 - - 145  
T49  
So Yeon Ryu
  KOR 1   1 72 73 - - 145  
T49  
Sarah Jane Smith
  AUS 1   E 73 72 - - 145  
T49  
Angela Stanford
  USA 1   2 71 74 - - 145  
T49  
Budsabakorn Sukapan
  THA 1   E 73 72 - - 145  
T63  
Sandra Changkija
  USA 2   2 72 74 - - 146  
T63  
Brianna Do
  USA 2   3 71 75 - - 146  
T63  
Lindy Duncan
  USA 2   -1 75 71 - - 146  
T63  
Celine Herbin
  FRA 2   2 72 74 - - 146  
T63  
Nannette Hill
  USA 2   -2 76 70 - - 146  
T63  
Hyo Joo Kim
  KOR 2   -2 76 70 - - 146  
T63  
SooBin Kim
  KOR 2   -2 76 70 - - 146  
T63  
Katherine Kirk
  AUS 2   E 74 72 - - 146  
T63  
Gaby Lopez
  MEX 2   1 73 73 - - 146  
T63  
Mika Miyazato
  JPN 2   -3 77 69 - - 146  
T63  
Demi Runas
  USA 2   2 72 74 - - 146  
The following players did not make the cut.
CUT  
Cydney Clanton
  USA       72 75 - - 147  
CUT  
Mi Hyang Lee
  KOR       72 75 - - 147  
CUT  
Brittany Lincicome
  USA       75 72 - - 147  
CUT  
Caroline Masson
  DEU       69 78 - - 147  
CUT  
Sydnee Michaels
  USA       73 74 - - 147  
CUT  
Paula Reto
  ZAF       71 76 - - 147  
CUT  
Ashleigh Simon
  ZAF       72 75 - - 147  
CUT  
Alison Walshe
  USA       75 72 - - 147  
CUT  
Sun Young Yoo
  KOR       75 72 - - 147  
CUT  
Laetitia Beck
  ISR       78 70 - - 148  
CUT  
Vicky Hurst
  USA       75 73 - - 148  
CUT  
Daniela Iacobelli
  USA       76 72 - - 148  
CUT  
Xi Yu Lin
  CHN       77 71 - - 148  
CUT  
Benyapa Niphatsophon
  THA       76 72 - - 148  
CUT  
Dewi Claire Schreefel
  NLD       78 70 - - 148  
CUT  
Bertine Strauss
  ZAF       74 74 - - 148  
CUT  
Suzuka Yamaguchi
  JPN       76 72 - - 148  
CUT  
Jing Yan
  CHN       72 76 - - 148  
CUT  
Sakura Yokomine
  JPN       74 74 - - 148  
CUT  
Allisen S Corpuz
  USA       77 72 - - 149  
CUT  
Alejandra Llaneza
  MEX       78 71 - - 149  
CUT  
Christine Song
  USA       77 72 - - 149  
CUT  
Ayako Uehara
  JPN       73 76 - - 149  
CUT  
Cheyenne Woods
  USA       77 72 - - 149  
CUT  
Amy Anderson
  USA       79 71 - - 150  
CUT  
Christel Boeljon
  NLD       77 73 - - 150  
CUT  
Dori Carter
  USA       75 75 - - 150  
CUT  
Jaye Marie Green
  USA       77 73 - - 150  
CUT  
Min Seo Kwak
  KOR       77 73 - - 150  
CUT  
Maude-Aimee Leblanc
  CAN       72 78 - - 150  
CUT  
Amelia Lewis
  USA       75 75 - - 150  
CUT  
Belen Mozo
  ESP       72 78 - - 150  
CUT  
Se Ri Pak
  KOR       75 75 - - 150  
CUT  
Cyna Rodriguez
  PHL       77 73 - - 150  
CUT  
Rachel Rohanna
  USA       79 71 - - 150  
CUT  
Kelly Tan
  MYS       78 72 - - 150  
CUT  
Anne-Catherine Tanguay
  CAN       76 74 - - 150  
CUT  
Pavarisa Yoktuan
  THA       80 70 - - 150  
CUT  
Brittany Altomare
  USA       77 74 - - 151  
CUT  
Karlin Beck
  USA       76 75 - - 151  
CUT  
Heather Bowie Young
  USA       75 76 - - 151  
CUT  
Yueer Cindy Feng
  CHN       78 73 - - 151  
CUT  
Jane Rah
  USA       76 75 - - 151  
CUT  
Jiayi Zhou
  CHN       76 75 - - 151  
CUT  
Julieta Granada
  PRY       77 75 - - 152  
CUT  
Yuting Shi
  CHN       80 72 - - 152  
CUT  
Lisa Ferrero
  USA       79 74 - - 153  
CUT  
Alison Lee
  USA       78 75 - - 153  
CUT  
Ji Young Oh
  KOR       80 73 - - 153  
CUT  
Ashlan Ramsey
  USA       77 76 - - 153  
CUT  
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras
  THA       78 75 - - 153  
CUT  
Michelle Wie
  USA       80 73 - - 153  
CUT  
Na Yeon Choi
  KOR       77 77 - - 154  
CUT  
Natalie Gulbis
  USA       80 74 - - 154  
CUT  
Wei-Ling Hsu
          79 75 - - 154  
CUT  
Tiffany Joh
  USA       74 80 - - 154  
CUT  
Wichanee Meechai
  THA       80 74 - - 154  
CUT  
Caroline Westrup
  NOR       79 75 - - 154  
CUT  
Ashleigh Albrecht
  USA       81 74 - - 155  
CUT  
Giulia Molinaro
  ITA       78 77 - - 155  
CUT  
Grace Na
  USA       80 75 - - 155  
CUT  
Ryann O'Toole
  USA       81 74 - - 155  
CUT  
Giulia Sergas
  ITA       81 74 - - 155  
CUT  
Mina Harigae
  USA       78 78 - - 156  
CUT  
Meena Lee
  KOR       79 77 - - 156  
CUT  
Nicole Jeray
  USA       77 80 - - 157  
CUT  
Jaclyn Jansen
  USA       79 79 - - 158  
CUT  
Annie Park
  USA       83 75 - - 158  
CUT  
Prima Thammaraks
  THA       80 78 - - 158  
CUT  
Ani Gulugian
  USA       81 78 - - 159  
WD  
Dani Holmqvist
  SWE       84 0 - - 84

 

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