Jeongeun Lee6 shoots 63 to grab LPGA lead

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Jeongeun Lee6 of South Korea fired the round of the day - a nine-under-par 63 - to rocket into the lead midway through the inaugural LPGA Queen City Championship.

Lee6 rolled in nine birdies without a bogey at Kenwood Country Club to get to 13-under 131 through two rounds, one shot better than China's Xiyu Lin, who shot 68.

Ally Ewing was in third at 11 under after a 64, while Australia's Sarah Kemp is tied fourth with Maria Fassi after shooting a 68 to go with her opening 66.

The Sydneysider Kemp, who has wife Lisa on the bag this week, had just one blemish on her card to go with five birdies.

Kemp made bogey for the second day running on the 17th to leave her three behind Lee6.

Compatriot Minjee Lee followed her opening 76 with a 69, but it wasn't enough for her to make the one-under cut.

Lee, who went one over through two days, leads the Race to the CME Globe points race and was the highest-ranked player in the field (No.3 in the world).

Hannah Green, the 2019 US Women's PGA Champion, shot her second 70 to be four under and tied 26th.

But it was all about Lee6, who birdied four straight holes - Nos.7-10 - to help her cause.

"(At) hole eight I thought just seven-iron was right, but my caddie said eight-iron was good, so I want to say thank you to my caddie," Lee6 said with a laugh.

Lee6's only win on the LPGA Tour came at the 2019 US Women's Open, but she's won six times in South Korea. She said she's been spending time "fixing" her swing.

"I'm not comfortable (with) my swing, but it's getting better, getting better," she said. "And then last tournament final round my shots were good, so I gained confidence last week and I can play comfortable this week."

Lin led the tournament after a first-round 64. She had a bogey-free round on Friday but holed just four birdies.

"The golf tournament doesn't finish in one day, so I kind of told myself I have to keep going today," Lin said.

"This course, like everybody has a chance and it is what it is. Like perfect example today, like (Lee6), she just had a fabulous day and shot nine under."

Ewing started her round on the back nine, but the highlight of her day came after she made the turn. She strung together six birdies in a row at Nos.2-7 for a late surge up the leaderboard.