"Asked to recall her memories of last year's win, Lee said she had managed to play without over-thinking".
"You know, I'm just real excited to be home".
Back-to-back birdies on the 14th and 15th gave hope of a late flourish but that is where the positive scoring ended and she faces a big day on Friday to get back in contention. "It was an unbelievable run".
The 39-year-old Kerr broke the tournament record at 20-under 268, a day after shooting 62 at Ko Olina to match the event mark.
"It feels fantastic", Kerr told LPGA.com. Her sister, Moriya Jutanugarn, is second with 120 birdies. "When you get to hole the putts that you don't necessarily think they're birdie range, it's always nice".
"I (had) good rest, and my body is much better than before", she said. "It's just that once I know it's in, I walk after it". She is ranked 51st in the world, with a win in 2014 after earning Rookie of the Year honours on the 2012 Symetra Tour. Morgan's last Top 10 was in 2009.
Ko said she is unfazed by talk around her ranking - she acknowledges the talent on course but just wants to continue to improve her own game. "I feel bad for So Yeon Ryu who won but really didn't get the experience that most would get in winning a major, and I feel for the rules officials that had to do their job". Sky is the limit.
Su-Yeon Jang boasts a three-shot lead heading into the final round of Hawaii's Lotte Championship. Ariya Jutanugarn, of Thailand, follows her shot from the first tee during the third round of the Lotte Championship LPGA golf tournament Friday, April 14, 2017, in Kapolei, Hawaii.
Jang had a 70 to drop into a tie for second with top-ranked Lydia Ko (64) and In Gee Chun (67).
The Punahou graduate has posted five top-35 finishes, including two top-10's in her last four events. Hopefully now I can straighten things out and play as well as the other girls are doing. She has played all six Lottes, with her best finish in her first, when she tied for 25th.