Lee Jung-six jumped to the top of the leaderboard in the second round of the LPGA Tour’s BMW Ladies Championship in South Korea, giving her a chance to break out of her slump.
Lee Jung-six fired a 4-under 68 with five birdies and one bogey in the second round of the LPGA Tour’s BMW Ladies Championship at the par-72 Seowon Hills Country Club in Gyeonggi on Tuesday.
With a midday total of 8-under-par 136, Lee moved up from a tie for 16th the day before to a tie for fourth today. She is three strokes off the lead with Australian compatriot Minjee Lee.
Lee won the last major in 2019, the U.S. Women’s Open, but hasn’t lifted a trophy since. This season, she has also struggled. She has missed the cut eight times in 21 events. Her best finish was a tie for 16th at the AIG Women’s Open in August.
She didn’t qualify for this tournament, so she was a recommended player. However, Lee played well over the two days of the tournament and finished near the top of the leaderboard.
“I was happy with my round,” Lee said afterward, “It was windy and cold, so it was hard to play, but I made a lot of birdies and had a good flow. The bogey on the last hole was unfortunate, but I know how it happened. I will focus on this aspect and reduce my mistakes.”
Lee added, “I didn’t have much trouble off the tee. This course is all about iron shot accuracy.” “My iron shots were stable and good. I had two or three close calls, but my short game came through.”
As her swing correction got back on track, she began to show signs of her old self. “My right shoulder was blocked during the backswing,” Lee said. In the downswing, I had to shift my weight and then rotate, but that didn’t work well,” she said.
She continued, “In the backswing, my right shoulder doesn’t go up, but I feel like it’s rotating backwards. In the downswing, I feel like I’m stepping on my left foot and slowing down the rotation.”
Australian-born Lee jumped to the top of the leaderboard on day two. Lee carded four birdies and a bogey for a 3-under 69. Her 11-under-par 133 total puts her atop the leaderboard, two strokes clear of Ashley Buhai and Allison Lee.안전놀이터
It was her first win of the season and ninth career victory at the Kroger Queen City Championship last month.
“It was very windy and cold, but I’m happy with the result,” said Lee afterward. “Every time I come to Korea, I eat great food and make great memories. I want to win in front of my family and friends this time.”
Hae-Ran Lee, who has virtually clinched the LPGA Tour’s Rookie of the Year award this season, also dropped one stroke on the day to finish in a tie for fourth place with Lee at 6-under. Kim, Kim Hyo-ju and Shin Ji-eun are tied for 12th at 5-under par 139.
Shin, who has 64 career professional wins, is tied for 21st with world No. 2 In Ling.