American Stacy Lewis will take a one-shot lead into the third round of the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic
Lewis birdied five holes on the back nine on Friday en route to a five-under 67 in Alabama and could have held a two-shot lead at the close of play, but for a missed five-footer for par at the 18th.
She still leads by one over Korean So Yeon Ryu (67), Swede Karin Sjodin (a course record-equalling 64) and American Sydnee Michaels (68), while another group of five that included Brittany Lincicome (67) and Lindsey Wright (69) follows a further shot back.
Lewis was pleased to bounce back with the halfway lead after missing the cut at the Lotte Championship last week.
“It was really one of those weeks,” she said. “I had a lot of stuff going on. Mentally I was kind of not there. I’m a lot more relaxed this week. I just kind of chalked one up to a bad couple of days, and I’m just kind of moving on.”
She added that she wasn’t doing anything spectacular out on the course, just playing solid golf.
“It’s really just been boring golf,” she said. “I haven’t made a ton of putts. I’ve just hit a lot of shots close and taken advantage of the par fives. It’s been pretty relaxing.”
Wright, one of the later starters and joint overnight leaders, struggled a bit towards the end of the day.
“Playing in the second-to-last group, it was a little bit difficult to read putts and make putts,” she said.
“I think I hit it just as good on this (final) nine. It’s disappointing not to birdie anything, but I’m in a great spot coming into the weekend.”
Three players who shared the overnight lead with Wright struggled on day two. Jennifer Rosales carded an even-par 72 that left her four shots adrift, while Sweden’s Caroline Hedwall signed for a 73 and Katie Futcher a 77.