Lee two ahead at Blue Bay

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Minjee Lee has a two-shot lead after the opening round at the Blue Bay LPGA in China on Thursday.

The Australian carded a seven-under-par 65 on Hainan Island to move two strokes ahead of Germany's Sandra Gal and Jessica Korda of the USA, who are locked on five under.

Lee seemed to take the limited practice due to the typhoon, in her stride, as she started strongly in China, rolling in four birdies in her opening nine. 

While Lee was set back with a bogey on the par four 12th, she finished strongly with four gains in her last five holes thanks to a hot putter.

"Well, I only had, I got nine holes practice yesterday because we flew in yesterday," said the 20-year-old after the round.

"But no, I just took it one shot at a time and didn't try to get ahead of myself. Just played my own game today and a lot of my putts dropped today."

Meanwhile, Gal impressed with a hole-out from 89 yards on the par four second for an eagle.

"I had around, I think I had 89 yards to the pin and there was a little backstop so I played it to go a little long and come back and I had a perfect line and it just rolled in," quipped Gal. 

"It's just a nice start. To hit it close or even go in the hole, it just kind of jump starts your round and kind of gets you in a nice flow, which I then kept up for the rest of the day. That was a nice eagle."

Further down the field, Carlota Ciganda and Chella Choi are locked on four under while a host of players are in three under after the opening round, including Women's PGA Champion Brooke Henderson.