KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Ilhee Lee of South Korea retained a one-shot lead in the LPGA Malaysia despite a fast finish of 8-under 63 by American teen Lexi Thompson in the second round on Friday.
Lee carded a 65 to stay atop the leaderboard at 13-under 129. Lee, seeking her second title on the U.S. LPGA Tour, led by four early on, but Thompson surged on the back nine with four birdies around an eagle on the par-4 14th.
"It was right on line," Thomspon said of the eagle. "But I couldn't see the bottom of the hole, but a few of the volunteers up by the green started yelling, so I was like, 'Allright, maybe it went in.'"
Thompson, third in the Evian Championship recently, is chasing her second tour victory.
Last week's Reignwood Classic champion, Feng Shanshan of China, also shot 65 to lie third at 10 under.
IK Kim of South Korea shared fourth with Paula Creamer of the United States after rounds of 66 and 67 respectively to be 9 under.
Amy Yang of South Korea shot a tournament-record 62 at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club to move into a tie for sixth, five off the pace.
"It was a great round," Yang said. "I've shot 10 under before, but that was during a mini tour, so this is my best on the LPGA Tour and it feels great."
Defending champion and world No. 1 Inbee Park shot par and was at 1 under.
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