Stacy Lewis leads Evian Tseng misses cut
BY Bruce Young | Ladies European Tour | 2012 Evian Masters | Round Two | 28 Jul 2012
The Evian Masters has reached the halfway stage and the world number three Stacy Lewis leads by one shot over Korean Ilhee Lee with a further two shots back to Inbee Park and Paula Creamer.
Lewis followed her brilliant opening round of 63 on Thursday with a round of 69 today to establish the early lead on day two and although Ilhee closed the gap later in the day Lewis appears the player to beat.
“Today was actually a little bit more of a struggle for me,” said Lewis. “I wasn’t really sure how I would play coming off a good score yesterday. It’s hard when you make pars and you feel like you’re going backwards because of all the birdies I made yesterday.”
Lewis has been in great form this year moving from number ten in the Rolex World ranking to her present position behind Yani Tseng and it appears likely she could become the game’s number one player before too long.
“I got off to a really good start this year,” said Lewis. "I lost in a playoff in Australia, and that’s the best start I’ve had to any year. Usually I’m pretty slow getting started, so I was pretty happy with that.
“Then we got in a little swing in there kind of in the summer in was it ShopRite and yeah, ShopRite, Sybase, Wegman’s, and Mobile. I went on a streak there and played really well and won twice.
“I was disappointed coming off the U.S. Open. I felt like I was playing good going into the tournament, and kind of got ahead of myself that week. So I was disappointed with that, but I’m happy the way I bounced back from that tournament and just kind of kept moving on from there.”
Lee is in her third year on the LPGA Tour and although she has enjoyed little success until now she did finish 4th at the recent US Women’s Open Championship.
The current world number one Yani Tseng missed the cut, continuing a poor run for her in recent starts. her best finish in her last four starts has now been 50th.
Karrie Webb Leads the Australians in 14th position and seven from Lewis’ lead. Katherine Hull and Lindsey Wright are 28th.
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