Lee takes 3-stroke lead after 2 rounds at Japan Classic

SHIGA, Japan (AP) — Minjee Lee shot an 8-under 64 to take a three-shot lead after the second round of the Japan Classic on Saturday.

Lee, seeking her second LPGA title this year, had eight birdies in a bogey-free round at the Seta Golf Club to improve to 13-under 131, three-strokes ahead of local favorite Sakura Koiwai, who offset a long bogey with seven birdies for a 66.

Nasa Hataoka, also of Japan, shot a 69 and was tied for third with compatriot Momoko Ueda and South Korean golfers Jiyai Shin (69) and Hee-Kyung Bae (67) four strokes back.

Overnight leader So Yeon Ryu struggled with her game and shot a 73 that included three bogeys and a pair of birdies.

Nelly Korda, who won last week's Taiwan Championship, had a 69 and was tied for 19th place.

The LPGA stop in Japan is the fourth of five consecutive tournaments across Asia.

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