Jessica Korda shoots 66, catches Minjee Lee in Blue Bay LPGA
Jessica Korda hits from the second tee during the final round of the LPGA Volvik Championship golf tournament at the Travis Pointe Country Club, Sunday, May 29, 2016 in Ann Arbor, Mich. (AP Photo/Jose Juarez)
HAINAN, China (AP) Jessica Korda made up seven strokes on Minjee Lee on Saturday for a share of the Blue Bay LPGA lead. Ariya Jutanugarn made up even more ground to get into the final group Sunday at Jian Lake.
Korda shot a 6-under 66 in hot, mostly calm conditions off Hainan Clear Water Bay, four days after Typhoon Sarika hit the South China Sea beach resort. The 23-year-old American had five birdies in a six-hole stretch in the middle of the round and got up-and-down for another on the par-5 18th.
Lee had a 73, also getting up-and-down for birdie on 18 to match Korda at 11-under 205. The 20-year-old Australian began the day six strokes ahead of Germany's Caroline Masson after opening rounds of 65 and 67.
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The second-ranked Jutanugarn cut her deficit from 10 to two strokes with a 65. It was the best round of the day on the course with difficult to hit valleys and plateaus on the large greens. The 20-year-old Thai star has a tour-high five victories this year and leads the player of the year points race.