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Saturday, June 08, 2019 1:00 am


Lee6 shoots 63, shares lead at ShopRite LPGA Classic

Associated Press

GALLOWAY, N.J. – Jeongeun Lee6 got right back to work after winning the U.S. Women's Open last weekend.

Coming off her first major title, Lee6 shot an 8-under 63 to grab a share of the lead after Friday's opening round in the ShopRite LPGA Classic.

“I felt pretty relaxed on the course,” said Lee6, a 23-year-old LPGA Tour rookie from South Korea. “I didn't feel nervous. I think I did pretty good. I played it just like how I played it last week.”

Lee6 posted an eagle and nine birdies to go along with three bogeys. Her two-putt birdie at her last hole, the par-5 ninth, moved her into a tie for first place with Pornanong Phatlum of Thailand.

Lee6 said she was a little tired when she arrived at the Jersey Shore, but felt it was an advantage that the 54-hole ShopRite enabled her to get another day of rest.

“This tournament is only three rounds and so I got a couple of days off for me,” she said. “Then I've been balancing myself to make my physical and mental (condition) be stable. So I've just been working on that. And then also the weather was better than last week's weather.”

It was sunny and breezy at the Bay Course at Seaview for much of the day before turning cloudy and cooler late.

Phatlum, 29, posted seven birdies while playing in the morning on smoother greens. She made a 12-foot eagle putt on her final hole.

“I feel like I got more confident after last week,” said Phatlum, who tied for 16th at the Women's Open following a 70-70 finish. “I tried to be playing my game and not put pressure on myself, so it makes me more relaxed on the course (with) more good results.”

Lexi Thompson, the top American in the world rankings, shot a 64. She was part of a three-way tie for third with rookies Kristen Gillman and Muni He.

PGA TOUR: In Ancaster, Ontario, Brandt Snedeker tied the RBC Canadian Open record with a 10-under 60 as an early starter, and was one stroke behind co-leaders Matt Kuchar and Scott Brown after two rounds at Hamilton Golf and Country Club.

Brown and Kuchar shot 7-under 63s in the afternoon on the hilly course with sloping greens and head into the weekend at 12 under.

Snedeker and Sweden's Carl Pettersson are the only players to shoot 60 at the Canadian Open. Pettersson did it at St. George's Golf and Country Club in Toronto in 2010 en route to a victory.

Nick Taylor shot a 5-under 65 and was tied with Snedeker at 11-under. Webb Simpson was another stroke back at 10-under after a 64.

Brooks Koepka followed an openinground 70 with a 4-under 66 and was at 4 under.