Bo-Mee Lee builds four-shot Mizuno Classic lead
SHIMA, Japan — South Korea’s Bo-Mee Lee shot an 8-under 64 on Saturday to take a four-stroke lead after two rounds of the Mizuno Classic.
Lee, a regular on the Korean tour, had four birdies on the front nine at Kintetsu Kashikojima Country Club and added four more after the turn to finish at 10-under 134.
“My drives were good today, I was able to keep them on the fairway which was tough with this wind,” Lee said. “If I can keep driving and putting like this I feel good about my chances tomorrow.”
Rikako Morita of Japan, who briefly held the lead after an eagle on the par-5 13th, bogeyed three of the final five holes and was in second after a 68. Morita hit a 195-yard second shot to 10 feet and then made the eagle putt on 13 but couldn’t keep the momentum going when she bogeyed the par-4 14th.
“I hooked my iron on 14 and couldn’t recover,” Morita said. “The bogeys caused me to fall back a few strokes but hopefully I can make them back tomorrow.”
American Angela Stanford shot a 71 and was tied for third at 4-under 140 with South Korea’s Na Yeon Choi, France’s Karine Icher and overnight co-leader Ayako Uehara of Japan.
South Korea’s Jiyai Shin, who shared the first-round lead, shot a 73 and was tied for eighth at 141 with a group of eight golfers that included defending champion Momoko Ueda of Japan, who shot a 69, American Stacy Lewis and Taiwanese star Yani Tseng, who both shot 70.
South Korea’s Inbee Park, who opened the LPGA tour’s Asian swing with a victory in Malaysia and finished second last week in Taiwan, struggled with the wind and shot a 73 to be tied for 23rd at 143.