Mor­gan Pres­sel holds onto lead in Sho­pRite LPGA Clas­sic

The China Post - - SPORTS -

Mor­gan Pres­sel kept her pa­tience Satur­day de­spite a steady breeze and greens that grew bumpy in the af­ter­noon, shoot­ing a 2-un­der 69 to main­tain a one-stroke lead in the Sho­pRite LPGA Clas­sic.

Pres­sel had three birdies and a bo­gey to reach 7-un­der 135 on Stock­ton Seav­iew’s Bay Course. The 27-year-old Amer­i­can won the last of her two LPGA Tour vic­to­ries in 2008.

Swe­den’s Anna Nordqvist was sec­ond. She birdied the last three holes for a 69.

Ge­rina Piller, Kelly Shon, Pernilla Lind­berg, Ca­tri­ona Matthew and Chris­tel Boeljon were tied for third at 4 un­der. Shon had a 68, and Piller, Lind­berg, Matthew and Boeljon shot 70.

The start was de­layed an hour by fog. Af­ter the fog lifted, the breeze that usu­ally blows at the Bay Course con­founded many play­ers try­ing to pull the right clubs. In ad­di­tion, play­ers noted that bumpy greens af­fected their putting.

Pres­sel didn’t al­low the con­di­tions to bother her even though she missed a num­ber of make­able birdie putts early in the round. She did card a pair of birdies on her front nine — a 2-putt at the par-5 third hole and on the dif­fi­cult par-4 sixth.

Her only bo­gey of the day came at the par-4 13th hole, where she lost her drive into the trees on the right and had to punch out from high grass into the fair­way. Af­ter her third shot rolled over the green, she got up and down from 6 feet for a good bo­gey.

She got the shot back at No. 16, hit­ting a 7-iron ap­proach from 170 yards to 20 feet, and sink­ing the putt.

Pres­sel came close to win­ning last month, but lost a play­off to top-ranked Ly­dia Ko in the Swing­ing Skirts in Cal­i­for­nia.

Nordqvist, a four-time tour win­ner who had four straight top-10 fin­ishes ear­lier this year, ral­lied from bo­geys at Nos. 11 and 12. She be­gan her hot stretch with a 5-foot birdie putt at the 16th, fol­lowed by a 6-footer at the short 17th and a 10-footer at the par-5 18th.

De­fend­ing cham­pion Stacy Lewis and 17-yearold Canadian sen­sa­tion Brooke Hen­der­son strug­gled, but made the 36-hole cut right on the num­ber at 3-over 145. Lewis had a 73, and Hen­der­son, who had eight birdies in her open­ing round, went with­out a birdie Satur­day in her round of 77.

Michelle Wie, who with­drew from the Kingsmill Cham­pi­onship for what was di­ag­nosed as bur­si­tis in her left hip, missed the cut with a 72 and 4-over 146 to­tal. She said her hip was sore and that she was con­sid­er­ing with­draw­ing from the Man­ulife Clas­sic next week in Cam­bridge, On­tario.


Candy Hen­ne­mann, of Brazil, hits her tee shot on the sev­enth hole dur­ing the sec­ond round of the Sho­pRite LPGA Clas­sic golf tour­na­ment, in Gal­loway Town­ship, New Jer­sey, Satur­day, May 30.

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