Naples, Fla. – With so much on the line for Stacy Lewis, she did all she could to keep it together on Friday at the CME Group Tour Championship. Lewis hit only six greens in regulation, coming up short time after time with her irons. It was the same story on the greens.
Lewis shot 2-over 74 on a cloudy, windy day in South Florida. She’s 1 under for the event and in position to sweep the postseason honors – Rolex Player of the Year, Vare Trophy and money list title – if she can hold off World No. 1 Inbee Park, who matched Lewis’ 74 and is 1 over for the tournament.
Lewis also leads the CME Group Race to the Globe, which boasts a $1 million payout.
“I kept looking at the leaderboard and the leaders weren’t going anywhere,” said Lewis. “I told myself if I could just get in under par for two rounds, you’re not out of this.”
She trails leaders Julieta Granada and Carlota Ciganda by six strokes, a position she calls not “horrible.” The Texan welcomes the weekend’s forecasted wind.
“I don’t think anybody is running away with this thing,” said Lewis. “I think it’s going to end up being pretty bunched up at the end and probably a playoff on Sunday.”
One thing that has been going well for Lewis is her short game. She chipped one in on the 17th for birdie to get back to red numbers.
Park summed up her day in four words: “It was horrible putting.”
Her ball-striking is there, Park said, she simply needs putts to drop.