Date: May 26, 2018
Author: Mark Hayes

Lee back in title hunt again

Australian Minjee Lee has narrowly missed an LPGA Tour win several times this season, but she refuses to let it faze her.

Lee, a mmeber at Royal Fremantle, already has five top-seven finishes this year, and is again in position to chase for what would be a fourth career LPGA title in the week of her 22nd birthday.

The ultra-consistent West Australian added a quality second-round 69 to her opening 67 at the Volvik Championship in Michigan to sit second at eight under par at halfway.

Lee trails boom Japanese rookie Nasa Hataoka (67-68) by just one shot, with three players at seven under and six more at six under on a crowded leaderboard.

Both Hataoka, coached by South Australian-based Gareth Jones, and Lee have been on the wrong side of playoffs in the past month, so are continuing stellar form.

But the unflappable typically Lee wasn't fussed about when her moment in the sun might come.

"I'm not chasing the win (as such) … I'm must playing my own game and chasing as many birdies as I can, that's all I can control," Lee said.

"I had a pretty good start to the year (including a win at the Oates Vic Open) which gave me confidence … I'm feeling pretty good about my game."

Also right in the mix is Victorian Su Oh, who's clearly finding her feet after a rougher start to the season.

Oh followed her opening 69 with another fine 70 today to join the chasing throng at five under.

Queenslander Sarah Jane Smith turned in her second consecutive 71 to sit at two under, one clear of Perth's Hannah Green who roared up the leaderboard with a 69 to counter her opening 74.

Rebecca Artis (+1) and Katherine Kirk (+2) will have the weekend off after narrowly missing the even-par cut.