Lee6 Jeong-eun fired eight birdies in an eight-under-par 64 on Thursday to seize a one-shot lead on the US LPGA Tour Championship at wet Tiburon Golf Club in Florida.
Lee6, the 2019 US Women’s Open champion, hit 14 of 14 fairways in regulation and 18 of 18 greens to place herself ready to achieve her intention of capturing a 2021 title within the remaining occasion of the season.
“I had a good time today,” she stated. “My purpose was bogey-free, so, I achieved it.
“My goal is to win once this year, unfortunately just one tournament left. I’m going to try my best.”
Lee6 — who has the numeral added to her identify to differentiate her from different gamers on the Korean tour with the identical identify — stated work on swing modifications had made for an inconsistent 2021 marketing campaign, however now that she’s extra comfy she will be able to assault with accuracy.
That was particularly helpful on Thursday, on the rain-softened and receptive Tiburon course in Naples, Florida.
“It was raining so the greens were soft and we could clean the ball in the fairway,” stated Lee6, who was a stroke in entrance of 4 gamers.
American Mina Harigae’s bogey-free 65 was highlighted by a chip-in eagle on the 17th.
She was joined by compatriot Jennifer Kupcho, France’s Celine Boutier, and South Korean Kim Sei-young.
Boutier had seven birdies and not using a bogey, whereas Kim had 9 birdies and two bogeys and Kupcho nabbed seven birdies to hitch the group at seven-under.
Kim, who rolled in a 25-foot birdie putt on the 72nd gap to carry the title at Tiburon in 2019, was additionally in assault mode on the rain-softened course arrange for scoring.
“I had a lot of chances for birdie today,” she stated. “I expected a lot of rain today but there wasn’t. We got the rain starting on hole 16. But the course was a little wet, so we attacked the pin when it was available.”
World primary Nelly Korda led a bunch of eight gamers on six-under-par 66.
South Korean KoJin-young, who has swapped the highest rating with Korda this season as they racked up eight titles between them, made three of her 5 birdies on the again 9 on the way in which to a three-under-par 69.
Korda arrived in Naples off a roller-coaster win within the Pelican Championship on Sunday. Now the 23-year-old is in search of a second back-to-back brace of victories this season after profitable the Meijer LPGA Classic and Women’s PGA Championship in successive weeks.
Korda and Ko performed alongside former world primary Lydia Ko of New Zealand in a marquee grouping,
“I kind of saw that video of Lyd saying she was third-wheeling, but I felt like I was third-wheeling because they were speaking Korean,” Korda stated. “It was fun. I like playing with them and they played well, so it was nice.”
Her spherical itself, Korda stated, was “pretty good. “I hit nearly all of the greens and I did not actually make any errors. Two unfastened photographs that I sort of had an excessive amount of curve on them and two three-putts.
“But I definitely made a good bit of my putts out there as well.”