Australian expatriate Lee Minjee is aiming for his first LPGA Tour win of the season.
Australian compatriot Minjee Lee took a one-shot lead after the third round of the U.S. Women’s Professional Golf (LPGA) Tour’s Kroger Queen City Championship ($2 million purse).
Lee fired a 7-under 65 on the third day of play at the par-72 Kenwood Country Club in Cincinnati, Ohio (USA) on Tuesday.
At 15-under-par 201, Lee is two strokes ahead of Charley Hull (England) and Jen Bei-Yun (Chinese Taipei) in a tie for second place and has a chance to restart the championship clock that has been stopped since she won the U.S. Women’s Open last June.
Lee, who has eight wins on the LPGA Tour, including two majors, hasn’t lived up to expectations this year, slipping to 23rd on the money list with just two top-10 finishes.
Her best finish of the season came at the Cognizant Founders Cup in May, when she entered the final round with a three-stroke lead but finished runner-up to Ko.
“It’s good to make a lot of birdies, but it’s more important to make crucial par putts,” said Lee, who made seven birdies without a bogey on the day.
Lee, who converted all four of her green misses for par, including a 4-meter par putt on the par-4 18th hole, needed just 25 putts.
Hurley triple-bogeyed the first (par-4) and then made seven birdies without a bogey to drop four strokes.
Jen, who came into the second round eight strokes off the lead, shot a 1-over-par 73 after a choppy round that began with a double bogey on the par-4 first before adding six birdies and five more bogeys.
Yin Luning (CHN), who will become the world No. 1 if she finishes fourth or better, lost one stroke and enters the final round in a tie for eighth place (9-under par 207).
Both South Korean players slipped out of the top 10.
Im Hyang, who shot a 4-under 68, and Choi Hye Jin, who dropped one stroke, are tied for 15th (6-under 210).
Anna Rin An is tied for 39th (2-under 214), 먹튀검증토토사이트 while Hae-ran Hae and Ji-Eun Shin are tied for 47th (1-under 215).