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Minjee Lee and Su Oh in touch in China

Lee continues what has been an outstanding season. (Photo: Getty Images )
Australians Minjee Lee and Su Oh are within striking distance of the leader, Sei Young Kim, through 36 holes of the Buick LPGA Shanghai event at the Qizhong Garden Golf Club in Shanghai in China, Lee at 6 under and four from the lead and Oh another two shots further back.

Lee’s round of 70 on day two included six birdies an early double bogey and bogeys to begin her back nine precluding her from challenging for the lead at the halfway stage. The current 4th placed golfer on the 2018 LPGA Tour money list is in a share of 7th place.

Oh would also ride a rollercoaster of sorts, four birdies offset by three bogeys for a round of 1 under 71 and a share of 12th position as the event heads into the weekend.

Sarah Jane Smith in 19th position and Katherine Kirk 30th complete the Australian challenge.

Kim, a seven-time winner on the LPGA Tour and Rookie of the Year in 2015, finished runner-up at the recent Evian Championship and won earlier in the season in Wisconsin.

Kim did not play well last week in Korea but put that down to the pressure of playing at home to some extent. She has played well in the US and in China and attempted to explain the difference after her round.

“When I play well in China and the U.S. my thinking pretty simple. When I think too much I play really bad. Last week I play in my country I was too much thinking. I got pressure especially in my country. I too much wanted to win that tournament; that's the reason why I played not good.

“This week I trying to empty my mind and then trying simple my mindset and then just go for it. That help a lot of good condition, shot condition and putting condition, everything.”

She leads by one over Ariya Jutanugarn and Danielle Kang.  

 

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