Meena Lee shot a 7-under-par 64 on Friday that included a nine-hole stretch without a par to grab a share of the second-round lead with Carolina Masson in the North Texas LPGA Shootout at Los Colinas Country Club in Irving, Texas.
Masson fired a second consecutive 67 for a 36-hole score of 8-under 134, which tied her with Lee and was one stroke ahead of Americans Stacy Lewis and Natalie Gulbis.
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Lee’s round featured an eagle on No. 10, which was her first hole of the day. She also had eight birdies and three bogeys. Five of those birdies and all three bogeys came on her first nine holes of the round.
Lee admitted it was interesting front nine.
“Well, I made eagle, so started very good,” she said. “And then my putting was really good. Inside 15 feet for par, almost always made it. I had a lot of birdies today.
“My irons were almost inside 15 feet every hole. Everything, the shot was
good and the putting is working, so everything is on my side on the front nine.”
Lewis, the No. 3 ranked player in the world, matched Lee with a bogey-free 64.
“I didn’t really do anything really crazy different from yesterday other than I putted a lot better, but just played really solid,” said Lewis. “I felt nice and relaxed out there, so it was a nice day.”
Gulbis, who has not won in seven years, carded a 6-under 65, her first sub-70 round of the year, that included eight birdies and two bogeys.
Masson was the most consistent among the leaders with only one bogey.
“Yeah, I just feel comfortable with my game,” she said. “It feels like, I don’t know, I’m hitting it solid. I don’t really mis-hit many shots, so that makes me feel pretty confident out there. I’m just trying to enjoy it, have fun, not try to have any pressure get to me. You know, just having a good time.”
American Christina Kim was alone in fifth at 6-under 136 after shooting a 2-under 69.
First-round leader Suzann Pettersen fell back into a tie for sixth with Julieta Granada, Dewi Claire Schreefel, Dori Carter and Cristie Kerr at 5 under after shooting a par 71. Granada and Schreefel had 66s.
Pettersen has been battling a back problem, but did offer that as an excuse.
“I feel good, no complaints,” she said. “I had good treatment yesterday. All good, no complaints.