US Open champion Jeongeun Lee6 leads ShopRite LPGA classic

Jeong Eun Lee6 tamed the windy conditions to take a one stroke lead into the final round of ShopRite LPGA Classic.

The South Korean, fresh from her maiden LPGA and major title at last week’s US Women’s Open, was a master in the sea breeze on the Bay Course at Stockton Seaview and Golf Club in Atlantic City, carding a two-under 69. She will take a one-stroke lead into the final round over Mariah Stackhouse.

Lee6 managed to snatch the lead in the dying embers of her round, rolling in a birdie on the 17th and after brilliant second on the 18th, she drained a four foot eagle putt.

“My shots were pretty good,” Lee6 told ESPN via interpreter.

“It’s just my putting and it was not good enough. But I know 16, 17, 18, the yardages are pretty short. I know 16 I could have done a little bit better but holes 17 and 18, I think I did pretty good with it.”

Further down the leaderboard, Lexi Thompson endured a tumultuous round that saw her four-putt the first for a double bogey and scribble down another bogey on the second. But the American came back nicely with an eagle on the third and two more birdies coming home.

Her round of 70 was enough to put in in three-way tie for third with Ally McDonald and Nanna Koerstz Madsen.