Lewis leads Omega Dubai Ladies Masters by 1

Stacy Lewis

DUBAI – World No. 3 Stacy Lewis fired a superb second round of seven-under 65 to break free of a crowded leader board going into the penultimate round of the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters.

The 24-year-old from Texas mixed her eight birdies, four in each half, with a lone bogey to reach nine-under, one ahead of Sweden’s Pernilla Lindberg and two clear of Spain’s Carlota Ciganda with Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum occupying solo fourth on six-under after a second round 70.

A good three shots off the pace overnight, Lewis made a confident start, picking up back-to-back birdies on the second and third and kept momentum rolling all the way through. The highlight of her charge up the leader board being four in five holes from the ninth.

A three-putt bogey on the par-3, 15th stymied her bid to match the tournament record of a 63 posted by Dewi Claire Schreefel of the Netherlands last year, but the American then rolled in a 40 foot putt for birdie on 17 in near darkness, which she rated as the putt of the day.

Lewis said: “The putts went in today. I made a little adjustment on the practice green and it seemed to work. I made a couple of long ones that I probably shouldn’t have made and it turned out to be a good day."

Round 2 play was suspended at approximately 5:45 p.m. (local time) and two groups, containing six players, will return to complete their second rounds at 8 a.m. on Friday.

The third round will begin at 10:40 a.m.

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