LPGA. Safeway Classic. Pornanong Still Prevails. August 30 2013

SafewayClassic_188x84 Pornanong Phatlum still prevails at the LPGA Safeway Classic after the second round at Columbia Edgewater Country Club in Oregon. Pornanong Phatlum leads Safeway Classic Pornanong Phatlum / AP Pornanong had a bogey free second round of -6 under par 66, to stay ahead of the pack by just one shot, with her total of -14 under par. She has been winless in five seasons on the LPGA Tour, but birdied three of her last four holes Friday to maintain a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Safeway Classic. She leads the field in putting, with a  1.33 putting average, and this is the first 36 hole lead in her career; “I played this good before, but this is the first tournament that I felt really good and really confident, so I've played really good, better than I have done before. I'm more confident and everything is better than I have before. I really do want it, just at least one tournament. I just want to win it. I'm going to have a lot more confidence. I'm going to feel a lot better about my game. I can play easier golf, just going smooth, not to have a lot of pressure on myself, just to keep it going.” Second place goes to Suzann Petterson after her fabulous bogey free -9 under par 63, giving her a tournament score of -13 under par. Suzann was the 2011 tournament winner at Pumpkin Ridge. Suzann said the greens were good; “It was a great round on the greens, I kind of fed off Beatriz's start. She had five pretty quick birdies. It was kind of nice to get everyone going early. Compared to yesterday I decided when I made the turn to just kind of keep giving myself looks, keep giving myself chances, and every time I pretty much made every good look that I had. One of my better putting performances here. You play so many tournaments over the year where you kind of face all different kinds of situations, positions. You're really just trying to play your best. This is a great start for me. 13 under par after two days, I'll take that any week.” Caroline Masson is in third place, her second round -8 under par 64 moving her up the leaderboard. Caroline said she wanted to have fun, but would still concentrate on a win; “I've been happy with my season so far, I kind of did everything I wanted to. I played Solheim and I kept my card. I'm going to play the Asian events and I'm going to be in CME. There's no pressure for me really. I can only surprise, I guess, and that's my goal for the next two days is to keep doing what I'm doing right now, just have fun. Obviously you always want to win, but I was not trying to get too caught up with it, just play solid golf and see. If you're in contention going into the weekend you might think about it. I've been in that situation, which is good. I learned how to win, how to be in contention on the LET. I think I handle it much better now than I did maybe two, three years ago. I'm just looking forward to it. It's a great position to be in, and I like the golf course, and my swing feels good. I just want to keep it going and not think about it too much, but it's definitely a goal.” Sandra Gal was -12 under par after her second straight round of 66, and countrywoman Caroline Masson was a further stroke behind after a -8 under par 64. Michelle Wie unfortunately followed her opening -5 under par 67 with a +1 over par 73, to drop to -4 under par. Michelle continues with her inconsistent form, good one day and mediocre the next. Defending champion Mika Miyazato birdied the final two holes for a -1 under par 71 to reach -2 under and make the cut by a stroke. She has a long way to go if she wants to successfully defend her title here.