Aditi Ashok makes cut at Founders Cup; Minjee leads

Clifton, NJ, May 14: Aditi Ashok who missed action during the weekend on her last two starts ensured she would be busy this time weekend at the Cognizant Founders Cup. Aditi, who shot one-under 71 in the first round,  made the cut on the line with an even par with one birdie and one bogey on either side of the turn.

Aditi birdied fourth and 12th and bogeyed seventh and 16th.

Meanwhile, Minjee Lee, who is yet to win this year moved towards doing that as she came close to the best round on tour this season before settling for a 9-under 63. She now holds a three-shot lead at the halfway point of the event. The Australian had a 14-under 130 total at Upper Montclair Country Club.

First-round leader Madelene Sagstrom, Lexi Thompson and Ally Ewing shared second after the round played under a cloudy sky with occasional light rain.

Sagstrom, who had a 63 on Thursday, got off to a slow start trying to go low again and shot a 70, while Thompson and Ewing had 66s in finishing at 11 under .

Minjee Lee got to 10 under with three holes to play but bogeyed the 16th and failed to tie the tour’s low round of 62 by Yuka Saso of Japan in the Honda event in Thailand.

Lee tied for second in the HSBC Women’s World Championship in March and shared third in the Los Angeles Open last month.

The 27-year-old Lexi Thompson has won 11 LPGA titles, including a major, but she has not won on tour since the ShopRite Classic in New Jersey three years ago.

Anna Davis, the 16-year-old who won the recent Augusta National Women’s Amateur, made her second straight cut playing on a sponsor’s exemption. She was at 140 after two straight 70s.

Eighty players in the field of 144 made the cut at 1-under.

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