Lee leads Evian Championship; Pressel one back


Mi Hyang Lee shared the lead after the first round of the Evian Championship, but now she has the top spot to herself. Here's how things look at the halfway point of the year's fifth and final major:

Leaderboard: Mi Hyang Lee (-9), Morgan Pressel (-8), Nicole Broch Larsen (-7), Shanshan Feng (-6), Lydia Ko (-4), Amy Yang (-4), Lexi Thompson (-4)

What it means: Lee doesn't have a major-caliber pedigree, but she followed a 66 with a 4-under 67 and now leads by one. The group chasing her, though, includes a former world No. 1 and a trio of major champions, highlighted by Pressel who looks to break out of a seven-year winless drought.

Round of the day: Pressel opened with a 2-under 69, but she made a big move with a 6-under 65 in the second round. The American carded eight birdies against just two bogeys, highlighted by five birdies in a seven-hole stretch from Nos. 12-18.

Best of the rest: Yang let the U.S. Women's Open slip away earlier this year, but she is again in contention at a major after a 5-under 66. Yang reeled off four straight birdies on Nos. 12-15, and while she began her second nine with bogeys on Nos. 1, 4 and 5, she more than made up for it with a scorecard that included eight total birdies.

Biggest disappointment: Thompson appeared in control during her opening-round 66, but she made only one birdie Friday en route to a 1-over 72. The long-hitting American made both of her bogeys on par-5s and now trails by five shots at the halfway point.

Main storyline heading into Saturday: While it remains to be seen how Lee will handle the spotlight, the player to watch is Pressel. While she hasn't won since the 2008 Kapalua Classic, Pressel has contended regularly this year and already has three top-five finishes in majors this season. This could be a chance to snap out of her lengthy drought and notch a second major title.

Quote of the day: "I'm going to go out there and see what tomorrow and Sunday gives me. Hopefully, it gives me some birdies." - Pressel