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Minjee Lee poised for repeat victory at Lotte Championship

Hopefully there will be a lot more autographs to sign after tomorrow's final round (Photo: Getty Images Gregory Shamus)
The LPGA Tour’s Lotte Championship’s final round promises to be an intriguing shootout with defending champion Brooke Henderson and the LPGA Tour’s rising star, Nelly Korda, ahead by one over Australian Minjee Lee and Eun Hee Ji with Ariya Jutanugarn just two further back.

Both Henderson and Lee are previous winners of the event but any of the leading five are realistic chances to take control of the event at Ko Olina on the island of Oahu in Hawaii.

Former Australian Amateur Champion, Hyejin Choi, is four shots from the leader and on her own in 6th place.

Lee’s round was unusual in the fact that she recorded 17 pars and an eagle for her round of 70 and just one behind she has a great opportunity to win her 4th LPGA Tour.

Lee’s eagle came at the 5th hole and although when finishing her own round she was further back than she was when play eventually finished for the day she is poised to go one better than her two runner-up finishes earlier in the year. 

Both Henderson and Korda dropped shots at the final hole to provide even further hope for Lee.

“I think I'm maybe a few behind, maybe one behind the leaders, so I guess I'm in a position to be pretty aggressive,” said Lee. “Hopefully I can play well. I mean, at the end of the day I just want to go out there and feel like I tried my best. That's pretty much my goal.”

Lee won this event in 2016 and after two indifferent efforts at her last two starts she is on track to continue the sort of form that saw her twice runner-up earlier in the year.

In order for her to win, however, she must get past Korda, who has been one of the rising stars of the LPGA Tour in the last twelve months, and Henderson, whose four shot wins last year stands her in good stead for a repeat tomorrow.

Korda has been inside the top 3 in four of her last seven starts on the LPGA Tour.

The other Australian aside from Lee to make the cut was Hannah Green who after an opening round of 66 is now in 21st position and nine shots from the lead.

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