Taiwan’s Min Lee takes 2-shot lead at Lake Merced

Min Lee made a 15-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th for a 4-under 68 and two-stroke lead Saturday within the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship

DALY CITY, Calif. — Min Lee made a 15-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th for a 4-under 68 and two-stroke lead Saturday within the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship.

Lee additionally birdied the par-5 fifteenth and par-3 seventeenth to tug away from former Stanford participant Lauren Kim and Finland’s Matilda Castren.

The 26-year-old Lee, from Taiwan, is making an attempt to win for the primary time on the LPGA Tour. She had a 9-under 207 whole at Lake Merced within the tour’s second straight occasion on the San Francisco Peninsula. Lee did not qualify for the U.S. Girls’s Open final week at close by Olympic Membership.

Castren shot a 69, and Kim had a 71.

Switzerland’s Albane Valenzuela, one other former Stanford participant, had a 68 to hitch 2000 U.S. Girls’s Open champion A Lim Kim (69) at 6 below.

Second-round chief Danielle Kang closed with a double bogey for a 74 that left her at 5 below with Lindsey Weaver (69), Jenny Shin (70), Jennifer Kupcho (70) and Jenny Coleman (71).

Lydia Ko (70) was 4 below with ANA Inspiration winner Patty Tavatanakit (71), 18-year-old Bay Space participant Lucy Li (70), Ashleigh Buhai (70) and Yealimi Noh (71).

Lexi Thompson had a 70 to get to three below. Final Sunday at Olympic, she blew a five-stroke lead, taking part in the ultimate seven holes in 5 over to complete a stroke out of a playoff that Yuka Saso received. Saso and Girls’s Open playoff loser Nasa Hataoka skipped the occasion at Lake Merced.

Michelle Wie West, taking part in the weekend for the primary time in 5 occasions this yr, shot a season-beat 69 to get to 1 below. She opened with rounds of 73 and 75 to make the minimize on the quantity.

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