Lee six ahead at halfway mark

Minjee Lee will take a colossal six stroke lead into the weekend following the second round of the Blue Bay LPGA on Friday.

The Australian would take advantage of the benign conditions on Hainan Island in China to card a five under 67, moving her to 12 under for the tournament.

The round was a couple shots off her opening 65, to which Lee attributed a few loose shots. Nonetheless, it was still a bogey-free round with five birdies.

"I think I had a pretty solid round today," quipped the 20-year-old in the press conference.

"I had three-under the first nine, so I was happy with my start. In the middle, I had a couple loose shots here and there, but I could get up-and-down. Then I finished off with two birdies. Overall, pretty solid round."

Six shots back on six under is Caroline Masson, who bounced back from a bogey six to birdie four out of her last five holes and card her second three under 69 at Blue Bay this week.

Spain's Carlota Ciganda and Jessica Korda of the USA are locked in third place on five under, while local Xi Yu Lin, South Korea's Chella Choi and Sandra Gal of Germany are all four under.