Consistent Lewis moves to Swinging Skirts lead

Stacy Lewis during Friday's second round of the 2014 Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic at Lake Merced in California.
Stacy Lewis during Friday's second round of the 2014 Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic at Lake Merced in California. ( Associated Press )

Friday, April 25, 2014

Stacy Lewis' second straight 3-under-par 69 moved her to the lead of the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic on Friday in Daly City, Calif., one shot ahead of Lydia Ko and first-round leader Karine Icher during a day that saw a rain delay.

Lewis hit 15 greens and 12 of 14 fairways as her consistency put her atop the leaderboard. Ko, playing in the same group, carded a 71 a day after shooting 68.

"We knew it was going to be a long day – that's the way I took it – one shot at a time, and tried to get the ball in the hole," Lewis said. "That's what I tried to do. Get it in the hole as fast as I could. Fortunately I was able to do that and make a couple putts.

"I think anything under par today is a good score."

Ko, 16, had a simple plan: emulate the veteran and former World No. 1.

"Yeah, I tried to follow Stacy's lead. Following Stacy you're going the right direction for sure," Ko said. ". . . I was pretty happy with my 71. You know, sometimes I didn't hit it in the most ideal positions and it's not nice being like way right like on No. 2 and you've got trees everywhere."

Icher, who started the day with a two-shot lead, shot 73 to slip to T-2. Icher managed just one birdie against two bogeys as she couldn't overcome missing half her fairways and hitting just 12 greens.

"It's a tough golf course," Icher said. "You can be quick in trouble, or if you're playing well, like yesterday I did think it goes pretty well‑‑ but today with the wind and the rain it's definitely a tough day."

Inbee Park took advantage of three straight birdies at Nos. 13-15 for a 68 that atoned for a first-round 73 and has her T-4 at 3 under with Ilhee Lee and Mika Miyazato.

Jessica Korda (77-73) and Charley Hull (73-77) finished the day two shots outside the projected cut line of 4 over, while Brittany Lincicome (72-82) finished six shots outside.

ASAP Sports contributed