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Minjee Lee at it again at Royal Canberra

Lee records a career best round (Photo: Ladies European Tour )
Australia’s leading female golfer, Minjee Lee, has opened the door for a possible second consecutive win on home soil with a brilliant second round of 63 today at the ActewAGL Canberra Classic at Royal Canberra.

21 year old Lee now takes over as the leader from her playing partner on the opening two days, Jiyai Shin, the South Korean playing well enough on day two but unable to match the brilliance of the West Australian.

Lee. whose emphatic victory at last week’s Oates Victorian Open was her first as a professional in front of home crowds, now holds a three-shot lead over Shin with another shot back to 3rd placed Pernilla Lindberg.

“If you start off with an eagle, you feel pretty good, said Lee. "I felt good after that and took advantage of the birdie opportunities on the par fives, which you can reach in two. I felt pretty calm out there and hit it pretty solid.”

While it may be a little too early to claim the result of the event as a race in two, that Lee and Shin are such a class above the rest of the field it might turn out that way.

Linberg after all has yet to win an event of any nature in nine years as a professional and so while not beyond the realms of possibility, for her to do so against these two fine players would be a surprise.

Lee’s round is a course record for women following the revamp of the layout in recent times, an eagle at her opening hole setting her on course for something very special on day two after beginning the day two behind Shin.

Responding to her only dropped shot at the 3rd, Lee birdied eight of her last fifteen holes today and gives every indication the form she showed last week at 13th Beach is likely to continue tomorrow.

Shin however is a classy player, good enough to have held the number one position in the female game for 25 weeks during 2010 and 2011 and to have won the Women’s Australian Open at this very venue five years ago.

The battle between the two who will again play together on day three will be full of interest.

Katherine Kirk is the next best of the Australians in 11th place at 4 under and ten behind Lee while Sydney amateur Doey Choi is the next best placed local in a share of 13th position.

RACHEL BAILEY BUNKER DRILL

     

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