Minjee Lee leading after windy day

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October 20, 2023
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The wind swirled all day at the BMW Ladies Championship resulting in a scoring average slightly over par on Friday. Minjee Lee emerged with a two-shot lead at the halfway mark.

Starting the day two shots back of South African Ashleigh Buhai’s 10-under mark after a first-round 64, the Australian took some time to adjust to the conditions, opening with four-straight pars until an unfortunate bogey on the par-4 fifth, but cleaned it up on the seventh after knocking it close to the pin to card her first birdie of Friday. She got a handle on the winds on the back nine, notching two more birdies on No. 11 and 15 after reaching the green in two on the par 5. One last birdie on the closing hole had her signing for a 3-under 69, and recording her lowest 36-hole score since her victory at the 2022 U.S. Women’s Open

“Obviously the par-5s, a couple of them, you can really be quite aggressive. And I got on for two on -- what is it, like 15? So that was nice. It was a two-putt birdie. And the -- I got pretty close, I just tugged it a little bit, but I only had like a 40-meter shot into the par-5 before. So I think I just tried to take as much advantage as I could when the wind was behind us,” said Lee. “And obviously the birdie on 18 was just like cherry on top. So it was nice to finish on a good note.

“Being at the top of the leaderboard is always nice, and being in contention is always my goal. So hopefully I can have a great weekend.”

The 18-hole leader Buhai followed up a first-round 62 with a 1-over 73 on Friday to sit a tie for second with American Alison Lee at 9-under. Buhai started strong, posting three birdies in her first 11 holes on No. 2, 8 and 11, hitting every green in regulation and fairway through that stretch. But four bogeys in her closing six holes, including three straight on Nos. 13-15, derailed her chances of keeping the BMW Ladies Championship lead.

“I think that is one of the toughest days I've ever had on a golf course in terms of the wind switching. I've never played any round where the wind just switched that much. I think I did really well on the front nine. Stayed very patient,” said Buhai. “And I did the same on the back nine, and it was just the case of I picked a shot and the wind literally switched. So, you know, I did what I intended to do. I committed to my swing thoughts, and that's all I can do.”

Sitting in fourth and three shots back of Lee’s lead is defending champion Lydia Ko of New Zealand along with Koreans Jeongeun Lee6 and Hae Ran Ryu, who all shot under par rounds on day two to get to 8-under.

“I think nothing was working for me today, not at all. But at least I got two birdies when I thought I wasn't going to get any,” said Ryu. “I think towards the end my iron shot got better, but the wind was really weird today, so it was really difficult to make any birdie opportunities. So I was happy to get the first one. And the second one was a par-5, so, you know, there was absolutely no question that I had to get a birdie there.”

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BMW Ladies Championship 2023

Date: October 19th - 22nd 2023

Location: Seowon Hills at Seowon Valley Country Club,| Gyeonggi-do, Republic of Korea

Purse: $2,200,000

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