The first two rounds at the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup have seen typical Phoenix weather. That means hot and dry. Those conditions haven’t stopped Jee Young Lee from taking a one shot lead over Ai Miyazato into the weekend. The closest golfer to these two is American Stacy Lewis, who is currently four shots behind Lee at 11 under par. From there, you have a logjam of golfers at nine under par and 6 shots off the lead.
Miyazato came out on fire, firing a nine under par 63 in her first round. That score was good enough to secure her a course record. She fell off a bit today, however, but still managed to shoot five under par in sweltering conditions. “I’m very happy with my round,” Miyazato said. “I made eight birdies out there. I had three bogeys, but still a lot of birdies, so it just feels good. … I kept hitting the fairways and I kept hitting to the green, and I had 29 putts, which is like my green regulation.”
Lee has been slightly more consistent, carding 65-64 in her first two rounds. Birdies on three of her final four holes helped propel her into the lead going into the weekend.”I’ve waited so long, like seven, eight years,” Lee said. “I really want to win this week. But two days more, two days left, so I’m going to try to keep being more confident and patient.”
There is still a lot of golf to be played in Arizona and there are a number of golfers within striking distance, especially if any of the leaders falter. The scorching conditions that creep up throughout the day have a way of wearing you down, especially when you’re taking part in such a physical activity.
I’ll be keeping an eye on this event to see if someone can come from back in the pack to capture the win or if one of the frontrunners will hold on.