ShopRite LPGA Classic R1

Jeongeun Lee6 bids to win back-to-back titles in New Jersey

June 07-09
Seaview Hotel & Golf Club, Bay Course, Galloway, New Jersey
$1,750,000
Round 2, Round 3


Coming off her maiden LPGA Tour victory at the U.S. Women’s Open Championship, Jeongeun Lee6 was the only one from the afternoon wave to crack the top of the leaderboard at the ShopRite LPGA Classic with an 8-under 63. A roller coaster round that included an eagle, nine birdies and three birdies, Lee6 said she thought she had a lot of good shots out on the course.


“I made a lot of putts. So that’s why I had so many birdie chances. And also I did pretty good with the middle-length clubs,” said Lee6.

Despite some late afternoon winds, Lee6 said the weather did not get in the way of her play. “I try to remind myself just to make my shots, to think about the rhythms and everything and just to be consistent with all my shots and all my short game, and so that’s what I’ve been focusing on, and so that’s why I feel more confident. And then also I focus more on the putting, the green speed.”

Fans of the new major champion made their presence known in New Jersey, especially in the 17 th green galleries, and Lee6 said it made her feel good going into the weekend. “I feel really surprised how people were — it was so crowded, and the people out there on the stage, like they were wearing tee shirts, Lee6, so I was surprised about it, and I feel pretty happy and confident.”

Phatlum relaxes her way to the top

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Pornanong Phatlum blazed her way around the Bay Course on Friday morning needing just 25 putts for a season-best 8-under par 63. The Thai player walked off the course smiling and said: “I didn’t expect this.”

Phatlum finished her day by making an eagle on the par-5 ninth hole, this week’s Aon Risk Reward Challenge hole, which was playing 463-yards in the first round. She hit a 5-wood to reach the green in two, leaving herself a 12-foot putt for eagle, which she said she was able to make by not thinking of the stakes. “I think I just not put pressure [on] myself, so just almost straight putt, so it’s like — you know, like relaxed for me, and I make it.”

In 2018, Phatlum was a surprise leader at the AIG Women’s British Open playing in the final group with eventual champion and hometown favorite Georgia Hall. On Friday in Galloway, N.J., Phatlum said she learned a lot from her experience at the major and learned to focus on herself. She also said she drew confidence from her second top-20 finish of the season, a T16 finish at last week’s U.S. Women’s Open which helped her during round one on Friday.

“I feel like I get more confident after last week, and yeah, I tried to be like playing my game and not put pressure on myself, so it makes me more relaxed on the course, and yeah, more good result.”

Lexi Thompson kicks it into gear

In 2010, Lexi Thompson made her professional debut at the ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer and rolled up to the Seaview in the RedBull NASCAR racecar. Now making her first start at the tournament since 2015, Lexi rode the momentum of her U.S. Women’s Open Championship T2 finish by recording her season-best 18-hole score at -7.

“ Last week was tough. It was just — it’s so intense and such a long week. It’s very draining. A lot of people don’t realize how long that week is with all the prep work going into it and then how long the rounds are and how tough the course plays,” said Thompson of the U.S. Women’s Open. “Coming here I took two days off and then I just practiced Wednesday, and I played my 18-hole pro-am yesterday and just went into today. It’s working out for me so far.”

The 10-time LPGA Tour winner has been to the ShopRite LPGA Classic a previous six times, but has only made the cut twice. Her best performance was in 2012 where she finished T5. Thompson’s 64 today is her best single round score at the ShopRite LPGA Classic, and she knows how much of an advantage it is to be close to the leaderboard after the first round at this event.

“It is very important, especially a three-round tournament that usually scores go very low,” said Thompson. “It’s important to put a good low number out the first day, so puts us in good position for the next two.”

Quick Hits

Lee6 and Phatlum’s first-round 63 is the lowest round of any player this season on a par-71 course 

Players T7 or better represent seven different countries: Republic of Korea, Thailand, U.S., China, Japan, The Netherlands, Denmark

There were 16 eagles made on Friday; Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras led the field with two eagles on the par-5 fifth and ninth holes

Lee6 led the field on Friday with nine birdies

Five players were bogey-free on Friday: Lexi Thompson, Kristen Gillman, Muni He, Paula Creamer and Madelene Sagstrom

Defending champion Annie Park fired a 2-under par 69 on Friday; in 2018, she also opened with a 69


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
T1
Jeongeun Lee6
-8
63
T1
Pornanong Phatlum
-8
63
T3
Kristen Gillman
-7
64
T3
Lexi Thompson
-7
64
T3
Muni He
-7
64
6
Ayako Uehara
-6
65
T7
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras
-5
66
T7
Mariah Stackhouse
-5
66
T7
Cydney Clanton
-5
66
T7
Anne van Dam
-5
66
T7
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
-5
66
T7
Yu Liu
-5
66
T7
Angel Yin
-5
66
T7
Xiyu Lin
-5
66
T15
Lee Lopez
-4
67
T15
Sophia Popov
-4
67
T15
Sei Young Kim
-4
67
T15
Alena Sharp
-4
67
T15
Madelene Sagstrom
-4
67
T15
Ally McDonald
-4
67
T15
Sandra Gal
-4
67
T15
Pajaree Anannarukarn
-4
67
T15
Jacqui Concolino
-4
67
T15
Joanna Klatten
-4
67
T15
Isi Gabsa
-4
67
T15
Tiffany Joh
-4
67
T15
Stacy Lewis
-4
67
T15
Paula Creamer
-4
67
T15
Dottie Ardina
-4
67
T15
Celine Herbin
-4
67
T31
Karen Chung
-3
68
T31
Anna Nordqvist
-3
68
T31
Morgan Pressel
-3
68
T31
Su Oh
-3
68
T31
Mina Harigae
-3
68
T31
Laura Gonzalez Escallon
-3
68
T31
Klara Spilkova
-3
68
T31
Gerina Piller
-3
68
T31
Brooke M. Henderson
-3
68
T31
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
-3
68
T31
Christina Kim
-3
68
T31
Giulia Molinaro
-3
68
T31
Peiyun Chien
-3
68
T44
Caroline Hedwall
-2
69
T44
Sakura Yokomine
-2
69
T44
Maria Fassi
-2
69
T44
Carlota Ciganda
-2
69
T44
Elizabeth Szokol
-2
69
T44
Dana Finkelstein
-2
69
T44
Annie Park
-2
69
T44
Bronte Law
-2
69
T44
Amy Yang
-2
69
T44
Caroline Masson
-2
69
T44
Virginia Elena Carta (a)
-2
69
T44
Daniela Darquea
-2
69
T44
Anne-Catherine Tanguay
-2
69
T44
Kendall Dye
-2
69
T58
Laura Diaz
-1
70
T58
Min Lee
-1
70
T58
Jane Park
-1
70
T58
Marina Alex
-1
70
T58
Austin Ernst
-1
70
T58
Pernilla Lindberg
-1
70
T58
Jenny Shin
-1
70
T58
Lindy Duncan
-1
70
T58
Jaye Marie Green
-1
70
T58
Jenny Haglund
-1
70
T58
Lee-Anne Pace
-1
70
T58
Cindy LaCrosse
-1
70
T58
Beatriz Recari
-1
70
T58
Ashleigh Buhai
-1
70
T58
Ryann O’Toole
-1
70
T58
Sarah Schmelzel
-1
70
T58
Emma Talley
-1
70
T58
Jennifer Kupcho
-1
70
T58
Sarah Burnham
-1
70
T77
Julieta Granada
E
71
T77
Kristy McPherson
E
71
T77
Jasmine Suwannapura
E
71
T77
Linnea Strom
E
71
T77
Nicole Broch Larsen
E
71
T77
Alison Lee
E
71
T77
Becca Huffer
E
71
T77
Lindsey Weaver
E
71
T77
Youngin Chun
E
71
T77
Brittany Lang
E
71
T87
Katherine Perry
1
72
T87
P.K. Kongkraphan
1
72
T87
Stephanie Meadow
1
72
T87
Ariya Jutanugarn
1
72
T87
Ruixin Liu
1
72
T87
Louise Stahle
1
72
T87
Emily Pedersen
1
72
T87
Paula Reto
1
72
T87
Natalie Gulbis
1
72
T87
Charlotte Thomas
1
72
T87
Lauren Stephenson
1
72
T87
Laetitia Beck
1
72
T87
Kris Tamulis
1
72
T100
Alison Walshe
2
73
T100
Tiffany Chan
2
73
T100
Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong
2
73
T100
Louise Ridderstrom
2
73
T100
Maria Torres
2
73
T100
Laura Davies
2
73
T100
Kim Kaufman
2
73
T100
Alana Uriell
2
73
T100
Maddie McCrary
2
73
T100
Gemma Dryburgh
2
73
T100
Rachel Rohanna
2
73
T100
Dani Holmqvist
2
73
T100
Brittany Marchand
2
73
T100
Mel Reid
2
73
T114
Erynne Lee
3
74
T114
Clariss Guce
3
74
T114
Robynn Ree
3
74
T114
Dori Carter
3
74
T114
Robyn Choi
3
74
T114
Na Yeon Choi
3
74
T114
Cheyenne Woods
3
74
T114
Marissa Steen
3
74
T122
Becky Morgan
4
75
T122
Brooke Pancake
4
75
T122
Brianna Do
4
75
T122
Sarah Kemp
4
75
T122
Jing Yan
4
75
T122
Mariajo Uribe
4
75
T122
Karrie Webb
4
75
T122
Aditi Ashok
4
75
T122
Luna Sobron
4
75
T122
Olafia Kristinsdottir
4
75
T122
Lauren Kim
4
75
T122
Wichanee Meechai
4
75
T122
Pavarisa Yoktuan
4
75
T135
Cheyenne Knight
5
76
T135
Jimin Kang
5
76
T135
Karine Icher
5
76
T138
Yu Eun Kim
6
77
T138
Brynn Walker (a)
6
77
140
Suzuka Yamaguchi
7
78
T141
Lori Beth Adams
9
80
T141
Lilia Vu
9
80
143
Maggie Will
10
81
144
Amelia Lewis
8
79
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