ShopRite LPGA Classic. Stacy Soars into the Lead May 31 2014
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Stacy shot a bogey free second round -8 under par 63 to top the leaderboard at the ShopRite LPGA Classic, and now has a real a chance at taking over the No. 1 spot in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings. In gusty conditions she tied the 36-hole course and tournament record with a two-day total -12 under par. She reported once she had corrected her alignment it all plain sailing;
“I got off to a better start, but the first nine holes yesterday I just was uncomfortable over the ball. Alignment was kind of messed up the last few rounds, and kind of started to figure it out throughout the day yesterday, and it definitely felt a lot better today. Hit a ball a lot more solid, didn’t have to make as many par putts, and it was just a lot easier overall.”
“I mean, I know my tendencies, my tendencies are for my feet to get closed. I do it all the time, and you wish you could figure out some way to not do it. That’s the tendency. To do it, my feet at the moment feel pretty open, which is hard, because I feel like I’m going to hook the ball a lot. So that was yesterday. I had to just get comfortable.”
Christina Kim kept herself in contention after a solid round of -4 under par 67 on Saturday, which included one bogey. She said everything seems to be falling into place;
" The scores are finally starting to add up, I was playing well last year but things just didn’t. I was still injured and I was having a lot of compensatory movements throughout my swing, and I just really got healthy and tightened it all up in the last seven or eight months or so. So it’s just been a work in progress, and I’ve just been steadily waiting patiently for things to start falling into place.”
First round leader Jenny Johnson is still around, occupying third position at -10 under par.
“My back nine was definitely windier than when we started. Those holes out by the water, there’s nothing to protect you from the wind, so it’s going to be pretty tough I think. When you shoot your lowest round ever, it’s hard to follow that up. Everything went my way yesterday and nothing was dropping today.”
“I’m pretty happy with my improvement, and that’s really the goal is just keep getting better.”
Current World No. 1 Inbee Park sits six shots off the lead in a tie for seventh at -6 under par, a poor second round of -1 under 70 has done her no favors, so it looks like she could be toppled this week.