Minjee Lee leads by 4 at delayed Kingsmill Championship

Williamsburg, VA (SportsNetwork.com) - Minjee Lee used a hot back nine to move four strokes clear of the field Sunday with the final round of the Kingsmill Championship suspended due to darkness.

There was a 2-hour weather delay earlier Sunday that kept eight players from finishing.

Lee had an eagle, six birdies and a bogey in her 15 holes to move to 16-under par. She was on the fringe at No. 16 and chose not to hit her birdie putt due to the fading light.

Alison Lee was 2-under through 14 holes and stood alone in second place at minus-12 on the River Course at Kingsmill Resort & Spa.

Suzann Pettersen finished after the horns blew and posted a 3-under 68. She is the clubhouse leader at 10-under-par 274. Hyo Joo Kim, Paula Creamer, So Yeon Ryu and Perrine Delacour also stand at minus-10. Kim was through 16 holes, while the other three had completed 14 holes of the final round.

Delacour and Alison Lee, who were in the final group together, had finished four holes when inclement weather halted play.

There was a 2-shot swing at the first with Delacour tripping to a bogey and Lee making birdie to grab the lead at 11-under. Lee birdied the third to move two clear.

After the delay, Alison Lee missed the green at the fifth and that led to a bogey, which trimmed her lead to one. Ryu got up and down for birdie at the seventh to grab a share of the lead at 11-under.

Minjee Lee, who was two groups ahead of the leaders, birdied the ninth to make it a 3-way tie for the lead.

Around the turn, Minjee caught fire. She ran off three birdies in a 4-hole span from the 11th to jump to minus-14. She rolled in 15-footer for eagle at the 15th to push her lead to four.

As she was playing the 16th, the horns blew to suspend play. She chose to hit her approach to the green, but opted not to hit her par putt.

"I (knew) I was pretty close, but I wasn't really sure what all the other scores were at," Minjee Lee said. "I just kind of played my own game, and my putter was really hot those couple of holes. Hopefully, it will be tomorrow too."

Alison Lee parred four in a row from the sixth, and was battling a bloody nose at the same time. A birdie on No. 10 gave her a piece of the lead at 12-under, but she followed with four pars in a row before play was halted for the day.

"I've had nose bleeds all the time since I was really young, so it's kind of normal. Getting a nose bleed on No. 9 made me reminisce about playing in the final of the U.S. Women's Amateur when I had one there," Alison Lee stated. "Thankfully, it ended there. It didn't effect me and I felt like I had a good comeback on 10, I got a birdie there. It was a good way to start the back nine."

Though only eight players failed to complete their rounds, both Alison Lee and Minjee Lee were scheduled to play in U.S. Women's Open qualifiers on Monday. Alison tweeted that she will bypass the qualifier to finish this event.

NOTES: Both Minjee Lee and Alison Lee are looking for their first LPGA Tour victory ... The round will resume on Monday morning at 7 a.m. ET.