Another seven players are tied for 5th place and just one behind the lead including the recent Australian Open runner-up Jin Young Ko.
Lee birdied three of her last four holes to catch her playing partner today, Jutanugarn, the pair in the final group out on day one and catching those who finished earlier with strong finishes to their rounds.
Lee finished runner-up last week in Thailand and was runner-up to Jutanugarn on last year’s LPGA Tour money list and it may just be that the pair are battling for this title come Sunday.
Sarah Jane Smith is 51st and Su Oh 56th are the other Australians in the field.
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