Pure Silk Bahamas Classic. Jessica Jumps Ahead. January 24 2014
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Jessica leads by one shot at the end of the second round, carding a -7 under par 66 for a tournament total -11 under par, on a very windy day at the Ocean Club Golf Course. Her playing partner for the first two days in the Bahamas was Paula Creamer, who made sure Jessica worked hard for her lead;
Jessica mentioned the wind, and the sudden change of her coach, in her report;" The winds picked up within 30 minutes of us teeing off. We went from beautiful, sunny, slight wind to cloudy and hurricane wind. It was a tough day out there. I mean, a little mentally draining because you really had to put everything into every shot. Paula kept pushing me because she kept making birdies, so I felt like I needed to keep making birdies, too.” “It was just time for a change, there was just stuff that wasn't working. I've worked with Grant before, so I was really comfortable going into it, and he's just super positive, and that's something that I really needed coming into this year. We're just working on keeping everything in plane and keeping it really simple to where if something does go wrong on the golf course, I can fix it myself.” Paula fired a tournament-record -8 under par 65 to elevate her up the leaderboard to be in second place, she trails by just one shot at -10 under par. She explained how she liked the windy conditions, and what a great support her boyfriend Derek is; “I love playing in windy conditions, I always have, the more difficult, the better I feel. We just really stuck to our game plan. You have to be kind of a feel player out in these kind of situations and trust what you're doing and committing to your shots, and that's something that I really worked hard on in the off‑season doing, and it just kind of paid off today.” “I am in such a great place; I'm so happy, Derek just makes me want to be better, makes me want to be a better person. This is my 10th year out here, and it's just kind of a refreshing new thing. I needed something to kind of help with things. It's always hard, life out on Tour as it is, but now being able to share things other than with my parents and Colin, it's been very exciting.” Tied in third place at -9 under par are Michelle Wie and Monday qualifier Jenny Suh. Michelle shooting a second round of -7 under par 66, her strange putting style standing her in good stead, requiring only 28 putts; “I think I just had a good rest this off‑season. When I came back in January and I picked up my golf clubs, I was really excited to play. I was so ready to get back into a rhythm." Lydia Ko posted a second round of -3 under par 70, to be tied in fifth place, just three shots off the lead at -8 under par. Lydia also mentioned the wind and likened it to the conditions at the Swinging Skirts tournament; " Yeah, I kind of tried to think back to Swinging Skirts where I posted two good rounds there, and yeah, just continue that. I was putting well, especially the three birdies in a row helped my day."