Minjee Lee birdied the final three holes for a 7-under 65 and a two-stroke lead Thursday in the Blue Bay LPGA, playing in perfect conditions two days after Typhoon Sarika hit the resort.
Lee hit a long flop shot to a foot from a difficult angle on the par-5 18th on Jian Lake’s Blue Bay course, back in top shape after a large cleanup effort. The 20-year-old Australian, a two-time LPGA Tour winner, was delayed traveling from the event last week in South Korea and finally got to the resort Wednesday.
American Jessica Korda and Germany’s Sandra Gal shot 67 on the long course with large rolling, tiered greens with small effective landing areas. Gal holed out from 89 yards for eagle on the par-4 second.
Spain’s Carlota Ciganda, coming off a playoff victory Sunday in South Korea for her first LPGA Tour title, was three strokes back at 68 along with South Korea’s Chella Choi.