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Lee shoots 7-under 65 to lead Blue Bay LPGA in China

Minjee Lee Minjee Lee - The Canadian Press

SANYA, China (AP) — Minjee Lee shot a 7-under 65 for a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Blue Bay LPGA on China's southern island of Hainan on Thursday.

Sarah Schmelzel, Miranda Wang, and Ruixin Liu were tied for second after 66s on the Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Course.

Savannah Grewal, of Mississauga, Ont., opened with a 3-under 69 and is tied for 13th, four shots back of Lee.

Maude-Aimee Leblanc of Sherbrooke, Que., is tied for 55th after firing a 1-over 73.

Lee picked up seven birdies without dropping a shot on a course the Australian knows well.

Lee, No. 5 in the LPGA rankings, won on this layout in 2016 and was looking for her 11th victory on the tour. She said she recalled that victory well.

"A few of the holes were different," she said. “I just remember it was my second year out and I didn’t know anything. It was a new event and I came here with no expectations and I had a lot of fun that week.”


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