Archive for Sunday, May 13, 2007

South Koreans set for showdown

Practice partners in final group at Michelob Ultra Open

May 13, 2007

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— Jee Young Lee and Sarah Lee routinely play practice rounds together. Today, they will tee it up again with a much bigger prize at stake.

The South Korean buddies will be in the final pairing of the day in the Michelob Ultra Open at Kingsmill, with Jee Young Lee looking for her second career LPGA Tour victory and Sarah Lee planning an aggressive approach as she tries for her first.

"It's a lot of chance, just one shot back," Sarah Lee said.

It's also good that she's accustomed to playing with her countrywoman, one of the longest hitters on tour, who had a strong iron game working for her Saturday.

"I'm expecting, you know, to be behind her," Sarah Lee said. "Definitely, a win is my goal, but I have to control everything before ... 18 holes, to (get to) my goal.

"I have to focus on what I do on every single shot."

Jee Young Lee made eight birdies in her bogey-free 63, matching the course record set by Kim Williams in 2004 and matched by Sarah Lee on Thursday.

None of Jee Young Lee's birdie putts was from longer than about 15 feet.

While she bolted to the front, the three front-runners going into the day also came back to the pack, setting up a possible free-for-all chase to the finish today.

Sarah Lee lost her steady game and had three bogeys in a 72, and Becky Morgan couldn't back up the 65 that had her second at the midpoint. She shot a 74 as the wind blew in the players' faces on several holes, dropping into a three-way tie for eighth at 6-under 207.

Amy Hung, four back to start the day, fell seven back after a 74.

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