Lee won this event in 2016 to record her second of three wins on the LPGA Tour and today after a mid-round stumble, where she dropped shots at both her 11th and 12th holes, she recovered strongly with three birdies in her last five holes to close within striking distance of the leaders.
First-round leader, Nelly Korda, is two behind Ji, Lee tied for 3rd with defending champion Brooke Henderson.
Lee’s fellow West Australian, Hannah Green, was unable to repeat her impressive performance of yesterday when she opened with a round of 66, her second round 74 having the second season LPGA Tour players in a share of 29th and now a massive eleven shots from the lead.
Katherine Kirk and Robyn Choi, the other Australians in the field, missed the cut by one and two shots respectively.
Ji produced a final nine of 30 to establish a break over Korda as she chases her 5th LPGA Tour victory to go with her 2009 US Women’s Open title.
Ji Has yet to record a top ten in seven starts in this event so her opening rounds of 64 and 65 are quite a turnaround, in fact, there have been only three previous rounds in the 60’s in her 26 completed rounds.
Ji’s last win came earlier this year in the Bahamas and is currently in 20th place in the Rolex World Ranking.
World number one and two, Jin Young Ko and Ariya Jutanugarn, are tied for 12th at 6 under and nine shots from the lead.
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