Date: September 15, 2018
Author: Martin Blake

Minjee Lee moves up at Evian



Australia’s Minjee Lee has moved into position in the LPGA Tour’s final major of the season, the Evian Championship in France.

Lee had a poor second nine on Thursday but a 68 on Friday has elevated the world No. 6 into a tie for 26th at two-under overall, six shots from the lead.

The 22-year-old Western Australian is completing her best season on the US tour but is yet to win a major.

Queensland’s Katherine Kirk also is in the mix at one-under par, just outside the top 30, after a 73 yesterday.

However Victoria’s Su Oh was forced to withdraw from the second round due to an unspecified illness.

American Amy Olson carded a second-round 65 to seize the lead at eight-under with Korean Mi-Hyang Lee.

Olson has profited from using an old two-ball putter from her junior days.

“For me, I give myself a lot of the birdie chances week in and week out. When I can capitalize on them, that's when I can really go low,’’ she said. “I had a TaylorMade Spider, and I switched it an Odyssey 2-Ball putter. I putted with the two-ball when I was a junior. It was like my first love, and just randomly went back to it. Liked the feel, liked the look, and made a couple adjustments mechanically as well and it's felt really good.’’