Four LPGA Tour pros crowd the top of the leaderboard at 10-under after the second-round of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G. University of Arkansas alum Stacy Lewis, Spain’s Beatriz Recari, 2013 rookie Chie Arimura and South Korea’s So Yeon Ryu lead the field by two shots heading into Sunday’s final round.
Recari, Lewis and Arimura fired rounds of 6-under 66, while Ryu posted another 5-under 66.
Lewis, who is the fan-favorite this week, admits she puts pressure on herself to put on a good show for her hometown crowd but thanks to her caddy, Travis Wilson, she has managed to stay levelheaded this week and have some fun at the Pinnacle Country Club.
“There's definitely going to be pressure there,” said Lewis of being in a tie for the lead. “I think the thing that motivates me more is that I have a bet with my caddie going, but I can't tell you ‑‑ you'll see what it is on 17 tomorrow, but as long as I'm in the final group tomorrow you'll see what it is on 17. So I think that's what motivated me more than anything today was I wanted to be in that final group going into tomorrow.”
Lewis teed off from the 10th tee during the morning wave and went on a birdie run with four straight birdies before a bogey on the par-5 18th hole. She followed up with four more birdies but ended with another bogey on the par-4 9th, which was her first and only bogey during Friday’s first round.
“There's just some pins you just can't go at,” said Lewis. “There's some sucker pins out there in the middle of the green, you have try to make par and move on.”
2012 Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year Ryu says although four are tied for the lead after day-two, the leaderboard is crowded enough that anyone could make a run for it on Sunday.
“The green condition is go great,” said Ryu. “So everybody have a really great chance to be shot really low score, kind of like 6‑ or 7‑under. Also, can be chance to be like 10‑under. So now I just checked the leaderboard and there might be four players lead the tournament, but not just four of us game. I see a lot of players in contention.”
A pack of four sit within striking distance at 8-under including South Korea’s I.K. Kim, Inbee Park and Ji Young Oh, along with Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum.
Kim made a surge up the leaderboard on Saturday firing a low-round of the day 7-under 64, while Park followed up her opening round of 2-under 69 with a 6-under 65.
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