She found an early bogey in the third round of the CME Group Tour Championship on No. 3, but Minjee Lee bounced back with a vengeance. The five-time LPGA Tour champion eventually made the turn in red numbers before making a run on the back nine that included five straight birdies from Nos. 13-17 to cap a 6-under par 66 performance.
“It was a nice stretch,” said Lee, who hit all 14 fairways and 13 greens today. “I hit really good iron shots into a lot of those holes, so it was nice to have little putts for birdie. A good momentum swing and after the first two days, you work hard those two days, really want to climb that leaderboard.”
Lee will be joined in the penultimate grouping tomorrow by Charley Hull and Brooke Henderson, both also firing rounds of 66 this afternoon. The Australian heads into the final 18 holes four shots back of the lead and in a tie for fourth at -9 overall.
“Looking at the leaderboard, I think Sei Young is kind of running away with it. I'm probably going to have to start really fast and make a lot of birdies tomorrow,” Lee said. “Just play my game, be aggressive and try to hole a lot of putts.
“I think she [Kim] starts off well and she ends well. If she's on, she's on. It's kind of really hard to keep up if she's really on her game. Just means we have to step it up a little bit.”