Lee roars four shots ahead of Morita in second round of Mizuno Classic

Bo-Mee Lee at the Mizuno Classic
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Second-round leader Bo-mee Lee had four birdies on the front nine Saturday and added four more after the turn to finish at 10-under 134 in the Mizuno Classic.
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Series: LPGA Tour

Published: Saturday, November 03, 2012 | 5:53 a.m.

SHIMA, Japan -- South Korea's Bo-mee Lee shot an 8-under 64 on Saturday to take a four-stroke lead after two rounds of the Mizuno Classic on the LPGA Tour.

Lee, a regular on the Korean Tour, had four birdies on the front nine at Kintetsu Kashikojima Country Club and added four more after the turn to finish at 10-under 134.


The Mizuno Classic marks the end of the LPGA Tour's four-week autumn Asian Swing, which also included stops in Malaysia, South Korea and Taiwan.

"My drives were good today. I was able to keep them on the fairway which was tough with this wind," Lee said. "If I can keep driving and putting like this I feel good about my chances tomorrow."

Rikako Morita of Japan, who briefly held the lead after an eagle on the par-5 13th, bogeyed three of the final five holes and was in second after a 68. Morita hit a 195-yard second shot to 10 feet and then made the eagle put on 13, but couldn't keep the momentum going when she bogeyed the par-4 14th.

"I hooked my iron on 14 and couldn't recover," Morita said. "The bogeys caused me to fall back a few strokes, but hopefully I can make them back tomorrow."

Angela Stanford of the United States shot a 71 and was tied for third at 4-under 140 with South Korea's Na Yeon Choi, France's Karine Icher and overnight co-leader Ayako Uehara of Japan.

South Korea's Jiyai Shin, who shared the first-round lead, shot a 73 and was tied for eighth at 141 with a group of eight golfers that included defending champion Momoko Ueda of Japan, who shot a 69, American Stacy Lewis and Taiwanese star Yani Tseng, who both shot 70.

South Korea's Inbee Park, who opened the LPGA Tour's Asian Swing with a victory in Malaysia and finished second last week in Taiwan, struggled with the wind and shot a 73 to be tied for 23rd at 143.