Lee was bogey free on day two and has opened up the opportunity, with a strong weekend, to move into contention, which, after a missed cut at the Evian Championship last week is an impressive bounce-back.
Lee’s fellow Australian, Sarah Kemp, bogeyed her final hole for a round of 70 but she has now made successive cuts in major championships which, given her overall record at this level, is an encouraging week thus far.
Hannah Green and Su Oh are the next best of the Australians, the pair tied for 48th.
Katherine Kirk, Karrie Webb and Whitney Hillier all missed the cut, Kirk staging a comeback after an opening round of 75 before two bogeys in her closing nine cost her a chance to play the weekend.
Buhai continued on from where she left off yesterday, at 12 under, establishing a three-shot lead over the impressive newcomer, Hinako Shibuno, who plays the Japan LPGA Tour where she is currently in second place on their 2019 money list.
Lurking not too far away, however, are Sung Hyun Park at 7 under and Ariya Jutanugarn and Jin Young Ko at 6 under and, with Lee at 5 under, the world’s leading four players are all within striking distance should Buhai struggle with the pressure of challenging for her first LPGA Tour title.
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