by Jeff Skinner
While the men of the PGA Tour deal with snow delays and frigid temperatures the women of the LPGA Tour have no such worries as they choose to “follow the sun” at the Honda LPGA Thailand. With sunshine, high humidity and temperatures in the 90’s there’s no worry of a frosty weather delay. Maybe the PGA Tour should copy the LPGA for once and think of moving the Match Play as it always has to deal with weather issues this early in the year at Dove Mountain.
As the men layered on the sweaters Stacy Lewis rolled on the sunblock and kept up her fine play to hold her lead after the second round. After a course record 63 on day one her second round 69 was enough for her to keep her three stroke lead over 17 year old, Thailand native Ariya Jutanugarn.
The 2012 LPGA Player of the Year and current third ranked player in the world, Lewis was happy to back up her record setting first round, “It’s always hard to follow up a really good day,” Lewis said. “I thought if I could shoot 4 or 5 under that would still be a really solid day. I almost got there but it was kind of up and down. I definitely left a few out there. I didn’t hit it as good today but I made some putts on the back nine and still have a three-shot lead so I can’t complain.”
Lewis is looking to duplicate her success of 2012 when she won four times and had 15 top ten finishes. The only fault in her 2012 campaign was her failure to win a major. The 2011 Kraft Nabisco Champion has her sights set on claiming another major or two this season and having matured into one of the best golfers in the world her confidence is high. “I think I’ve gotten a lot more comfortable having the three-shot lead. In the past, you get up and you kind of start protecting a little bit and you realize you still have to go out there and hit shots,” she said. “You just have to go out there and play and not worry about what anyone else is doing. I didn’t look at many leaderboards today until kind of the last few holes. I think I’ll probably continue to do that.”