Aussie Green tied third at Japan golf

Australian golfer Hannah Green is tied for third, one stroke in front of Minjee Lee, at the halfway mark of the LPGA Japan Classic.

09-Nov-2019 By Australian Associated Press

Australian Hannah Green has recovered from a poor start to be tied for third after the second round of Japan Classic golf tournament.

Fellow Australian Minjee Lee is only one stroke adrift of Green at the par-72 Seta course.

Local favourite Ai Suzuki shot a bogey-free seven-under-par 65 on Saturday to take a three-shot lead, sinking seven birdies to sit at at 12-under 132 at the halfway mark.

Gaby Lopez of Mexico shot 67 and was in second place in the final event of the LPGA Tour's Asia Swing.

Green is eight-under 136, having shared the lead with Suzuki after Friday's opening round. The Australian carded a 69 and was tied for third with Hyo Joo Kim (68).

Lee (137) fired a three-under 69 in the second round to be equal fifth with China's Shanshan Feng.

The third Australian in the field, Su Oh, was four under overall in a four-way tie for 14th.

Defending champion Nasa Hataoka struggled with her game and finished with a 76 including five bogeys and a double bogey.

American Lexi Thompson, making her first start since September's Indy Women in Tech Championship, shot a 68 to move up the leaderboard after an opening-round 74 and was 10 strokes behind Suzuki.


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