PHOENIX -- Jee Young Lee birdied three of the last four holes to take a one-stroke lead over Ai Miyazato on another hot day at the LPGA Founders Cup.
Lee, the 27-year-old South Korean player who won the LPGA Tour's 2005 South Korean event before becoming a tour member, had a bogey-free 8-under 64 on Friday to reach 15-under 129. She broke the tournament 36-hole record of 12 under set by Angela Stanford in 2011 in the inaugural event.
"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."
She played in the morning wave before the temperature climbed into the low 90s on Desert Ridge's cactus-lined Wildfire layout.
"My driver was good," Lee said. "My tee shots keep in the fairway, and then my irons are pretty good, better than yesterday, and my putting works a little bit more."
Miyazato bogeyed her final hole for a 67 a day after shooting a tournament-record 63. The Japanese star is playing her first event since sustaining a whiplash injury three weeks ago in a five-vehicle crash in Thailand.
"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."
Third-ranked Stacy Lewis, coming off a victory two weeks ago in Singapore, was four strokes back in third after a 65. She holed out from 109 yard for eagle on the par-4 16th -- her seventh hole of the day -- and played the her back nine in 4 under with five birdies and a bogey.
"I just really didn't have any birdie putts the first few holes and then just hit a shot on 16 that was perfect," Lewis said. "From there, I made about an 8-footer for par on one and I think that really kept the momentum going and I hit some good shots on the back nine and made putts."
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