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.
Ryan Fox claimed his maiden European tour title when he beat Adrian Otaegui 3&2 at the ISPS Handa World Super 6 in Perth on Sunday.
American Nelly Korda held off a charge by Jin Young Ko to claim victory in the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open on Sunday.
Justin Thomas holds a one-stroke lead over Adam Scott while Tiger Woods made headlines as the Genesis Open continues to play catch-up.
Swedish rookie Per Langfors fired an impressive 64 to grab the top seeding heading into the final match-play round of the World Super 6.
Matt Kuchar has apologised for his “insensitive” response to the controversy surrounding his payment to local caddie David Ortiz in Mexico.
Nelly Korda is in pole position for some silverware following a solid third round at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open on Saturday.
Justin Thomas and Adam Scott share the lead halfway through the second round at a rain soaked Genesis Open on Friday.
Aside from the new flagstick rule, it’s fair to say that Adam Scott isn’t a fan of all the new changes to the Rules of Golf.
Belgium’s Thomas Pieters fired a 66 in windy conditions to join a four-way tie for the lead after the second round of the World Super 6.