Lee puts herself in contention at ManuLife

Last year’s runners-up Mi Hyang Lee is on track to go one better this time around at the ManuLife LPGA Classic after taking a joint share of the lead.

Lee and 2015 champion Suzann Pettersen took a place at the top of the leaderboard after the opening day at Whistle Bear, with the pair both shooting eight under 64’s.

Pettersen finished with nine birdies and a bogey, while Lee produced an eagle on the par five third, along with six birdies.

The South Korean missed out by a shot 12 months ago and admits she has relished returning to the course.

“I think it’s a good match to my golf,” she said.

“I think just a great golf course and great condition. A little softer than last year so getting a longer distance. Greens are good and everything else is good.”

Shanshan Feng – who won the Volvik LPGA Championship a fortnight ago – continued her run of good form after firing a seven-under-par 65.

She was one of three players lying one shot adrift of the leaders, along with Hyo Joo Kim and Laura Escallon.

“I’m really happy about what I did today,” said Feng.

Emily Pedersen, Alena Sharp and Jodi Ewart Shadoff are two shots off the pace at six under.