Lee6’s round was made even more impressive by the fact that she had three bogeys in her eight under par start but nine birdies and an eagle gave little evidence of any residual impact from last week’s exertions.
“Yeah, so I felt really pretty relaxed on the course,” said Lee6. “I didn't feel nervous. And yeah, I think I did pretty good. I just played it just like how I played it last week, so yes, I'm going to focus on the second and third rounds.
“I mean, this tournament is only three rounds, and so I got a couple days off for me, and then I've been balancing myself to make my physical and mentally be stable, and so yeah, I've just been working on that.”
The leaders are one clear of Americans Lexi Thompson and Kristen Gillman and China’s Muni He.
Other pre-tournament favourites, Sei Young Kim and Brooke Henderson are 4 and 3 under respectively.
Su Oh heads the Australians following her opening round of 3 under 68 to be in a share of 31st place, Robyn Choi had 73, Sarah Kemp 74 and former winner, Karrie Webb 75.
For Oh, who finished runner-up in the opening event of the year in Australia, the round might not have been spectacular but given she has come off the back of six consecutive missed cuts it was considerable improvement for the Victorian.
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