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.
He has good memories of Harding Park and is hoping he can be in contention for a second major title.
The American pair opened strongly on Sunday to eke out a gap on the chasing pack.
DeChambeau’s physical transformation has been the main talking point since golf’s return to action following the coronavirus shutdown.
Sam Horsfield was literally lost for words after his maiden European Tour win.
The American sits atop the leaderboard despite a mixed third round on Saturday.
The Englishman saw a commanding lead cut after a stuttering back nine.
Brooks Koepka made a not-so-subtle dig at Bryson DeChambeau’s “anthill” moment from the first round in Memphis.
The tournament marked the resumption of the tour.
Horsfield fired an eagle and seven birdies in a second round of 63 at the Forest of Arden to share the halfway lead with Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez.