Lewis leads LPGA Tour event in Alabama

Stacy Lewis, who trailed by four shots after 36 holes, now leads the Navistar LPGA Classic by two after shooting 65.

PRATTVILLE, Ala. — Stacy Lewis shot 7-under-par 65 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead over Angela Stanford in the Navistar LPGA Classic, while second-round leader Lexi Thompson fell five shots behind.


Lewis is trying to complete an Alabama sweep after beating Thompson by a stroke in the Mobile Bay LPA Classic in late April. The former Arkansas star also won the ShopRite LPGA Classic in June in New Jersey.

Lewis birdied four of the first five holes in her bogey-free round.

Stanford shot 68. She won the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore in February.

Lewis is at 15-under 201 on The Senator course at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail’s Capitol Hill complex.

“I think going into today I knew I needed to make birdies just the way the scores had been all day, and you don’t know if you’re ever going to start off like that,” Lewis said. “You can kind of hit it good warming up, but you never really know what you’re going to take to the course.”

She worked overtime on her putting Friday after a second-round 70.

“I wasn’t happy with the way I played the back nine yesterday,” Lewis said. “Putts weren’t going in. They were going to the edge and not going in, so I worked on some basics yesterday.”

It worked Saturday, with Lewis making birdie putts of 18 feet on No. 1, 6 feet on No. 2, 3 feet on No. 4 and 2 feet on No. 5. She missed making it five in a row when she barely missed a 10-footer on No. 3.

“I think coming back out and getting birdies on the first two holes really gave me some momentum and confidence,” she said.

The 17-year-old Thompson had 74 to drop into a tie for sixth at 10-under.

Thompson opened with a career-best 63 on Thursday to match the tournament record, and followed with 69 on Friday. She made a double bogey on the par-4 12th Saturday, and offset two birdies with two bogeys.

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Lee, of Korea, is at 16-under 200 through 54 holes.

Second-round leader Morgan Hoffman (70 on Saturday) is tied for second place with Cameron Percy (66).

Augusta’s Scott Parel shot 70 and is at 212. Aiken native Matt Hendrix had 73 and is at 213.