Stacy Lewis will gladly take a round with few dramatic putts — or significant blunders — after making an early exit from her last tournament. Owning the lead at the mid-point is a nice bonus, too.
Lewis birdied five of her final nine holes for a 5-under 67 and a 1-stroke lead after the second round of the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic in Mobile, Ala. She had a 9-under 135 total on the Crossings course at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail’s Magnolia Grove complex, and a big turnaround a week after going 6 over and missing the cut in Hawaii.
Karin Sjodin tied the tournament course record with a 64 to finish a stroke back along with Lindsey Wright, So Yeon Ryu and rookie Sydnee Michaels. Ryu shot 67, Michaels 68 and Wright 69.
Sjodin’s best finish is a fourth-place tie at the Kraft Nabisco — with Lewis and others — after she opened the final round with a share of the lead. Ryu won the U.S. Women’s Open last year for her only LPGA Tour victory.
Bernd Wiesberger shot a course record 7-under 65 to take a 1-stroke lead over Marcus Fraser after the second round of the Ballantine’s Championship.
Wiesberger took advantage of calm morning conditions to make seven birdies in a bogey-free round at the Blackstone Golf Course in Seoul, South Korea. The 26-year-old Austrian was at 7-under 137 in search of his first European Tour victory.
Fraser, the 2010 Ballantine’s champion, had a 67.
Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez, at 48 aiming to become the oldest winner in European Tour history, shot a 68 to move into fourth place, 3 shots off the lead. England’s Paul Casey (72) and Ian Poulter (67) were 5 shots behind in the event.