KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Ilhee Lee of South Korea kept her lead in the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia on Friday while 18-year-old American Lexi Thompson shot an 8-under 63 Friday and was one stroke behind after two rounds.
Lee, seeking her second title on the LPGA Tour, had a 65 that left her at 13-under 129. She led by four early on, but Thompson surged on the back nine with four birdies around an eagle on the par-4 14th.
"It was right on line," Thompson said, referring to the eagle. "But I couldn't see the bottom of the hole, but a few of the volunteers up by the green started yelling, so I was like, `All right, maybe it went in.'"
Thompson, third in the recent Evian Championship, is going after her second tour victory.
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Last week's Reignwood Classic champion, Shanshan Feng of China, also shot a 65 and was at 10 under. I.K. Kim of South Korea (66) and Paula Creamer of the United States (67) were at 9 under.
Amy Yang of South Korea shot a tournament-record 62 at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club and was among those five off the pace.
"It was a great round," Yang said. "I've shot 10 under before, but that was during a mini-tour, so this is my best on the LPGA Tour and it feels great."
Defending champion and top-ranked Inbee Park shot par and was at 1 under.