Lizette Salas arrived at the seventh Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give off three straight top-25 finishes capped by a tied for 23rd effort in the U.S. Women’s Open. Her time at The Olympic Club provided a significant boost of conviction in her game before heading to Blythefield Country Club in Belmont, Mich.
“I try to stay within my gameplan. If I can keep it in the fairway and rolling those putts solid, confidence will rise,” said Salas, who hit 12 of 13 fairways and only needed 28 putts in round two. “Just trying to keep it boring for myself, hit fairways and greens and commit to each shot. Patience is key.
“I think performing well at the U.S. Women’s Open was a good test for me in building up that confidence coming in [to the Meijer LPGA Classic].”
The four-time Solheim Cup Team USA member recorded seven birdies in the second round on Friday to shoot 6-under par 66. Her performance included three straight birdies on the front nine from Nos. 6-8 to help her reach -10 overall through 36 holes.
“I really like this golf course, it suits my game really well,” said Salas, who has four top-25 finishes in five Meijer LPGA Classic starts including a runner-up in 2015. “Got off to a solid start even though the putts were not dropping. Yesterday, this poa annua [grass] really got to me. I was getting really frustrated. But knowing that I’m an earlier round today, I stayed positive and confident in my putting.
“Stayed aggressive, stayed positive and just kind of rolling with that momentum from the U.S. Women’s Open.”