While she will tee off in the final round in third place and four shots off the lead, the three-time LPGA Tour winner will be somewhat disappointed with a 4-under 68 after a stunning start to her round.
A momentum killing bogey at the par-5 8th took its toll on Lee who managed just one more birdie on the incoming nine to sign for a 68 and move to 11-under for the tournament.
American Nelly Korda, whose older sister Jessica won last week’s event in Thailand in remarkable circumstances, fired the equal best round of the day to grab the outright lead at 15-under.
She is one ahead of 36-hole leader Danielle Kang with Lee and Brooke Henderson, who matched Korda’s 65 to leapfrog 12 players, also in the mix.
A logjam of players share fifth place at 10-under including Michelle Wie and Korda’s sister Jessica.
Jessica Korda, a five-time winner on the Tour, underwent major surgery on her jaw in December to correct an overbite that was causing headaches and left her unable to sleep.
With 27 screws still in place following the procedure, Korda doesn’t yet have full feeling back in her face and has to be careful not to stab herself when eating.
None of that affected her golf last week, however, as she set a tournament scoring record of 25-under-par at the Honda LPGA Thailand event.
She is back in contention this week though will need to overtake her sister if she is to notch victory number six.
For her part the younger Korda was impressive Saturday as she posted eight birdies and a lone bogey to move to the top of the leaderboard.
After opening with five straight pars she didn’t look to be a factor early in the day but reeled off three straight birdies from the sixth.
But it was the five gains she made on the more difficult back nine which rocketed her up the standings and she is now in prime positon to claim a maiden LPGA title.
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