Australia’s Minjee Lee leads the Toto Japan Classic by three strokes after firing a stellar eight-under-par 64 in Saturday’s second round.
Lee, already a winner on the LPGA Tour this year, had eight birdies in a bogey-free round at the Seta Golf Club to take her total to 13 under par.
That was three strokes clear of local favorite Sakura Koiwai, who mixed one bogey with seven birdies in her 66.
Another home favourite, Nasa Hataoka, follows a shot further back on nine under alongside South Korea’s Jiyai Shin.
A large group of six players lie on eight under, five back: South Koreans Jae-Eun Chung, Hee-Kyung Bae and In-Kyung Kim, Japanese duo Saki Nagamine and Momoko Ueda and Spain’s Carlota Ciganda.
Overnight leader So Yeon Ryu struggled with her game and shot a 73 that included three bogeys and two birdies. That dropped her down to six under, six shots off the pace.
This week’s LPGA stop in Japan is the fourth of five consecutive tournaments across Asia.
Phil Mickelson’s career Grand Slam dreams faded once again at Pebble Beach on Saturday, but he couldn’t blame the USGA for it this time.
Rory McIlroy is far from ready to throw in the towel at the US Open, despite a third-round 70 leaving him five shots off the pace.
Brooks Koepka moved into tied-third place at the US Open on Saturday, spelling potential danger for the two players just ahead of him.
Overnight leader Gary Woodland managed to hold onto his lead at the US Open on Saturday, but there are some big names lurking right behind.
Rory McIlroy admits he made a meal of the 14th hole at Pebble Beach on Friday, but a superb fightback saw him stay in the hunt.
Justin Rose has his short game to thank for his position at the US Open, but his ball-striking is starting to come to the party too.
Gary Woodland has never won a major but has an excellent chance of changing that after his record-equalling 65 at Pebble Beach on Friday.
Rory McIlroy looks set to end a run of three missed cuts in the US Open after opening with a rock-solid 68 at Pebble Beach on Thursday.