Maude-Aimée Leblanc settled for a 71 (-1) card on Friday in Clifton, New Jersey, so her journey to the Cognizant Founders Cup is over.
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Australian Minjee Lee suffered a very different fate as she handed the best card of the day, at 63 (-9). She particularly stood out on the back nine, with a sequence of four birdies and an eagle in six holes.
She is now three strokes ahead of her three closest pursuers at 130 (-14). Looking for a seventh LPGA victory, she will have to watch Americans Ally Ewing (66) and Lexi Thompson (66) as well as Sweden's Madelene Sagstrom (70).