PHOENIX: South Korea’s Jee Young Lee fired a bogey-free eight-under par 64 on Friday to seize a one-stroke lead over Japan’s Ai Miyazato after the second round of the $1.5 million LPGA Founders Cup.
One day after Miyazato set a course-record with a 63 at Wildfire Golf Club, Lee shot the second-best round ever at the 6,583-yard layout to nudge her way atop the leaderboard past Miyazato with American Stacy Lewis third on 133.
Lee began her birdie binge at the par-5 fifth and then closed the front nine with three birdies. She stretched her run to four in a row by starting the back nine the same way, needing only 12 strokes on four par-4 holes.
Lee then closed with birdies on three of the last four holes, although she failed to match her success of seven back-nine birdies from the opening round.
Miyazato birdied three of the first five holes but took her first bogey of the event at the par-3 six and even after back-to-back birdies closed the front nine with another bogey.
Birdies at the par-5 11th and par-4 12th put her back in the swing but she followed a birdie at the par-4 16th with another at the par-4 18th to finish one stroke behind Lee.
Stefani keeps lead
Australia’s Adam Scott and South Korea’s K J Choi charged into contention on Friday at the US PGA Tampa Bay Championship, but US rookie Shawn Stefani clung to the lead after 36 holes.
Choi opened with an eagle on his way to firing a four-under par 67 while Scott fired a bogey-free 66, but Stefani’s 70 was enough to keep him ahead on seven-under par 135 after the second round at the $5.5 million event.
Scott and Choi shared second on 136 with Americans Brian Harman, Harris English, Jason Dufner and Peter Tomasulo another stroke off the pace and Spain’s Sergio Garcia and American Tag Ridings sharing eighth on 138.
Choi followed his stellar start with a birdie at the sixth but stumbled with a bogey at the par-3 eighth.