With three birdies in her last four holes, Laura Diaz secured the lead at the LPGA’s Marathon Classic for a second day. Diaz shot 69 Friday to stay three shots ahead of Lydia Ko and Lee-Anne Pace.
Diaz’s only two bogeys in 36 holes came Friday as she moved to 11 under. The veteran is chasing her third career win, both of the others having come in 2002. Diaz also is looking for her first top-10 finish since the 2010 LPGA Championship – and admitted feeling some pressure from within.
“For me, it was just a challenge because I haven’t been in this position in a very long time,” Diaz said. “For sure haven’t had cameras on me in a long time. So I was anxious for them to go away I think in a funny kind of way.
“… I think if I’m not nervous I should probably not be out here anymore. I think it means it matters to me. Everyone around me knows it matters.
Brittany Lang had the day’s low round at 66 to move to 6 under and into a tie for sixth with Kayla Mortellaro, with So Yeon Ryu and Rebecca Lee-Bentham tied for fourth at seven under.
World No. 1 Stacy Lewis is T-31 at 2 under after back-to-back 70s, while Women’s British Open champ Mo Martin is T-14 at 4 under after rounds of 67 and 71. U.S. Open champ Michelle Wie missed her second straight cut with rounds of 74 and 76.