LEWIS EXTENDS LEAD AT HALF WAY STAGE OF REIGNWOOD LPGA CLASSIC
Lang Top Scores with Seven Under Par in Round Two to Set up Texas Showdown
3 October 2014, Beijing – World No. 1 Stacy Lewis extended her overnight lead by a single shot in Round Two of the Reignwood LPGA Classic in Beijing today, to put her two shots clear of fellow American Brittany Lang, on 12 under par at the half way stage of the tournament.
After an uncharacteristic bogey on the first hole, Lewis played some consistent golf picking up three birdies on the front nine holes followed by a further three on the back including the last hole of the day.
Speaking after her round she said, “It was a day that I just had to stay patient. Even coming in I could have made a few more birdies. Didn't quite hit the shots around the greens that I needed to. Shot five‑under and made six birdies today, so it's a good day.”
But the story of the day belonged to fellow American Brittany Lang. Tied for fifth overnight, she equaled the low round of the day of 66 on the par 73 course to close within two shots of Lewis, ending the day at ten under par.
Said Lang, “Yeah, I played really well. I like this course a lot. I didn't get off to the start that I would've liked to. I stuck it close on [hole] two and missed it, so didn’t capitalize early.
“Made a really good par save on six and then from there just made a ton of birdies. I started dialing in my irons and hitting them close. I've been hitting my putter really good for a while now, so kind of an easy, fun day. It's a very scorable course. It's a good golf course. It really is. It's in great shape and every hole is good,” added Lang.
Tied in third place at eight shots under par are Mirim Lee (S. Korea), Caroline Masson (Germany), Belen Mozo (Spain) and Caroline Hedwall (Sweden), with local player Yanhong Pan from China and South Korea’s Ilhee Lee a shot further back at seven under par.
Another player to watch as the tournament heads into the weekend is Suzann Pettersen who equaled Lang’s low round of the day. Having struggled in Round One, finishing at one shot over par, the Norwegian hauled herself back into contention with three birdies on the front nine and four on the back with no bogeys, to end the day tied in ninth place.
Comparing her first two rounds, the World No. 4 said, “I don't know. I played some good golf yesterday. I had six birdies or something and shot 1‑over, which is kind of a disaster. Then I made a mess out of two of the par‑5s. I’m just trying to build a game for the stretch coming up.
“I don't know if I was a little bit rusty and not sharp enough from not having played for quite a few weeks and it kind of got to me a little bit on certain holes. Today I hit the driver really good and made the putts when I needed to,” added Pettersen.
Flying the flag for China is local player Yanhong Pan. The former power lifter, who leads the China LPGA Order of Merit, shot five under par including four consecutive birdies on holes 15 to 18 to get within five shots of the lead. Meanwhile defending champion and World No. 9 Shanshan Feng shot two under par to leave her at even par with a lot of ground to make up if she is to repeat last year’s heroics.
But the day belonged to the two Americans at the top of the leader board, setting up the prospect of a Texas showdown . Asked how it would feel going out with Lewis on Round Three, Lang added:
“Yeah, I will say it's a little bit intimidating. I've known Stacy for a long time. I've known her since being in middle school, high school from Texas. She was a late bloomer at college and now a world beater.
“We're really good friends though and I have a lot of respect for her on the golf course. Yeah, definitely going to be out of my element, a little intimidated. She's a great player. But at the same time, I'm trying to get better, too. So playing with her, watching her, and trying to play well and do my thing is going to make me better. Maybe I can learn something from watching her.”
Played on the Nicklaus Course at the Pine Valley Golf Club from , the Reignwood LPGA Classic sees players compete for Asia’s largest prize purse of US$ 2.1m in the 72-hole, no-cut tournament.
Q. You holed some lovely long putts out there the last couple of days.
STACY LEWIS: Yeah, and putts that kept the round going. That's the thing. I've made them at the right time. I've had good speed all week. Just had a lot of tap‑ins, even when they're not going in.
Q. You had to be patient is right. Birdie at the 5th hole and then you had to wait a while for the next birdie until 13.
STACY LEWIS: Yeah, it was a day that I just had to stay patient. Even coming in I could have made a few more birdies. Didn't quite hit the shots around the greens that I needed to.
Shot 5‑under and made six birdies today, so it's a good day.
Q. Good day for Texas, as well. Playing with Brittany tomorrow.
STACY LEWIS: Yeah, it'll be a lot of fun. We're good friends with her and her brother. It's good to see her playing some good golf. Nice to see another American flag up there on the leaderboard. It's be fun.
Q. You're one of the most athletic and fit players on the tour. Between now and tomorrow's tee time, will you go to the gym?
STACY LEWIS: Oh, for sure. I'll go through my same routine. I will be at gym tomorrow morning. With this jet lag I'm up pretty early anyway, so you got to kill some time.
Q. We've got the bowling challenge tomorrow.
STACY LEWIS: I won't be a part of that, but I'll be pulling for the caddies, no offense.
Q. Question related to Brittany. Brittany said tomorrow playing with you, you've known each other forever, good friends, but she can learn a lot from you as a player. How does that make you feel knowing how well respected you are and people can take a lot from you?
STACY LEWIS: It's cool. I don't really think that of myself, so I guess it's pretty cool that they think that of me.
More than anything, she's a great friend of mine. She hasn't really played her best at times this year, so it's good to see her playing some god golf.
It's always fun playing with her. Her and her brother are always good for some laughs, so we'll have a good day.
Q. Rebound strong from yesterday.
Right now, lowest rounds of the day. What was your strategy coming into today?
SUZANN PETTERSEN: I don't know. I mean, I played some good golf yesterday.
I had six birdies or something and shot 1‐over, which is
kind of a disaster. Then I made a mess out of two of the par‐5s.
Just trying to build a game for the stretch coming up. I don't know if I was a little bit rusty
and not sharp enough fro not having played for quite a few weeks and it kind
of got do me a little bit on certain holes.Today I hit the driver really good and
made the putts when I needed to.
Q. You said it got to you. You could see it on your face a little bit. You were
frustrated. Mentally how do you get over that and rebound?
SUZANN PETTERSEN: You have to look over what you did, how you can do stuff different,
what's the solution, the fix. And then, I mean, once you kind of have a
clear picture what you need to do more of or not to do, then it's a pretty easy turnaround.
Happy to bounce back with 7‐under and put myself somewhere back in the tournament.
Q. You said you were hitting the driver well and that you were rusty too. Is that typical
for you, when you feel rusty that the driver seems to be the first that comes?
SUZANN PETTERSEN: No, not really.
Just my irons weren't sharp enough yesterday, which is kind of unheard of for me. Just kind of
rolled on from there.
Q. How do you keep yourself busy here this week?
SUZANN PETTERSEN: I don't know. Soon as I make it into the room I fall asleep.
Q. You up early then?
SUZANN PETTERSEN: Yeah, super early. Been up at 3:00 every night. Today I might
see if I can make it to the gym.
Q. Since the injury do you feel like you've been working out less and on the golf
course more or is it the same as before?
SUZANN PETTERSEN: No, probably been working out ‐‐ probably practicing a little bit
less. Overall, I mean, I can pretty much manage my time and do whatever
I feel like I need to, so it's not too bad.
Q. Overall you pleased today?
SUZANN PETTERSEN: Yeah, 7 is a good number today. It is definitely scorable out
here if you can manage the ball around and make a few putts. Yeah, it's okay.