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Minjee Lee nearing contention in Canada

Minjee Lee on the verge of contention in Canada. (Photo: Getty Images Vaughn Ridley )
Australia’s Minjee Lee has moved into a share of 7th place at the CP Women’s Open in Ontario in Canada, a second round of 68 allowing the 23 year old West Australian to retain her opening round position and although five shots from the leader, Nicole Broch Larsen, she is well enough placed to contend over the weekend.

Three birdies in her opening four holes suggested something even better for Lee, who is chasing her second win of the 2019 season, but she was unable to build much further although at birdie at the last was a nice way to finish ahead of the weekend.

Larsen leads by one over world number one, Jin Young Ko, although most eyes over the final 36 holes will be on one of the three golfers in a share of 3rd place and three from the lead, Brooke Henderson.

Henderson is one of the darlings of Canadian sport, and as the defending champion she will be keen to live up to the hype involved in her being in contention in this event once again.

“Yeah, this has been amazing so far,” said Henderson when referring to the support she is receiving from her fellow Canadians. “So many people early in the morning to late at night. It's been awesome. It's pretty special to have all these people out there following you around and cheering you on.

“Sometimes you just see a little kid smiling at you and wanting a high five, and it takes you on out of the moment for a second. I feel like that's good. Kind of brings you back to real life I guess you could say.

“They just have so much belief in you, and I think that kind of inspires me a little bit.”

Su Oh, the next best of the Australians, is in 15th place, Katherine Kirk 25th, and Sarah Kemp 45th.



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