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Lewis still 2 in lead at -12
October 03, 2014

Interviews:
Rolex Rankings No. 1 Stacy Lewis (-12)
Rolex Rankings No. 81 Brittany Lang (-10)
Rolex Rankings No. 29 Mirim Lee (-8)
Rolex Rankings No. 120 Belen Mozo (-8)
Rolex Rankings No. 4 Suzann Pettersen (-6)
Rolex Rankings No. 49 Sandra Gal (-5)

Two rounds have been completed at the Reignwood LPGA Classic and at the end of both days World No. 1 Stacy Lewis has sat atop the leaderboard.

Lewis followed up her bogey-free 66 yesterday with a 68 today managing to hold off Brittany Lang and Suzann Pettersen who tied for low-round of the day (66). Lewis is playing aggressive and putting well this week which means it’s most likely a race for second place for the rest of the field.

She’s holed a few long putts today, ones that kept the round going.

“That’s the thing. I’ve made them at the right time.” Lewis said. “I’ve had good speed all week. Just had a lot of tap ins, even when they’re not going in.”

A texas showdown: After two great rounds to start the week, Texas natives and good friends Stacy Lewis and Brittany Lang will battle it out this weekend for the Reignwood LPGA Classic trophy. The two have known each other for years but they haven’t found themselves in this position very often on Tour.
“We’re really good friends though and I have a lot of respect for her on the golf course.” Lang said. “Yeah, definitely going to be out of my element, a little intimidated. She’s a great player. But at the same time, I’m trying to get better, too. So playing with her, watching her, and trying to play well and do my thing is going to make me better. If I could play with her on more weekends, then I’ll be doing pretty good. Maybe I can learn something from watching her.”

Lewis is looking forward to playing with Brittany, because they have a lot of fun out there. But she is a humble player and doesn’t see herself as someone her fellow competitors can learn from.

“It’s cool.” Lewis said. “I don’t really think that of myself, so I guess it’s pretty cool that they think that of me.”

It is a competition but Lewis is happy that her friend has found herself in this position again.

“She hasn’t really played her best at times this year, so it’s good to see her playing some god golf.” Lewis said. “It’s always fun playing with her.”

Gaining experience: Brittany Lang started the day tied for 5th but after tying Suzann Pettersen for low-round of the day at 7-under (66), she is in unfamiliar position and two strokes behind the leader heading into the weekend. The last time Lang came to the course on Saturday in this good of a position was her only LPGA win at the 2012 Manulife Financial LPGA Classic, when she was also in second at the start of the third round.

“I haven’t [been in that position in a while], so I’m looking forward to gaining a little more experience.” Lang said. “It has been a while since I’ve been in that position. You know, I’m just working on a few different things. Just trying to have a good attitude and enjoy myself out there, and just a few other process goals.”

Playing with Lewis, she will have a lot of eyes on her but she is ready for it.

“I think it’ll be good experience this weekend to make sure when the excitement hits to really pull myself back.” Lang said of handling the pressure. “You got to keep working on it if you want to be one of the great players out here.”

A jet-lagged field: It’s the first week of the Asian swing and many of the players in the field have been struggling with jet-lag early on in the week. With an earlier finish each day, the players find themselves asleep almost as soon as they get back to their hotel rooms and then up in the early morning hours with not much to do.

Stacy Lewis, for one, has come prepared with the third season of Homeland to watch and a sling box so she can watch T.V. from back home. While others have tried to catch some of the local attractions, Suzann Pettersen has struggled to stay awake.

“Soon as I make it into the room I fall asleep.” Pettersen said with a smile. “Been up at 3:00 every night. Today I might see if I can make it to the gym.”

Big rebound: You could see some frustration on the face of Suzann Pettersen during her round on Thursday.

“I played some good golf yesterday. I had six birdies or something and shot 1 over, which is kind of a disaster. Then I made a mess out of two of the par 5s.” Pettersen said as she described her first round.

“I don’t know if I was a little bit rusty and not sharp enough from not having played for quite a few weeks and it kind of got to me a little bit on certain holes.”

She responded today by hitting her driver really well and was able to make putts when she needed to on her way to tying Brittany Lang with the low-round of the day.

“Happy to bounce back with 7 under and put myself somewhere back in the tournament.” Pettersen said after her round.

The race for $1 million: The Race for the CME Globe and its $1 million prize is heating up. Players have seven weeks remaining to improve their position in the season-long points competition before the point reset. Stacy Lewis is in position to pad her already substantial 1,246 point lead.

After the reset, the players in the top-3 positions on the Race to the CME Globe Points Standings will be able to win the Race to the CME Globe with a win at the Tour Championship; and the players in the top-9 positions will have a mathematical chance to win the race.

“There’s not much you can do.” Suzann Pettersen responded when asked if being in the top 9 is something that will weigh on her mind over the final part of the season.

“It’s out of your control.” Pettersen added. “Usually when I go to Asia I’ve been very successful here in the past. So just make the most of the trip. Playing the next three, so I’m ready to go. I’m rested and I look forward to this final part of the season.“

After the Lorena Ochoa Invitational Presented by Banamex in Mexico, LPGA Members who meet the entry criteria for the CME Group Tour Championship will be seeded based on their position on the Race to the CME Globe Points Standings. Points for each Member will then be reset for the CME Group Tour Championship based on the points reset table listed on www.lpga.com/golf/news/cme-group-tour-championship-eligibility.

The reset will ensure that the race will be won at the season-ending tournament. For more information on point distribution, the reset or entry criteria, please visit www.lpga.com.

Here’s a look at how the top 10 has fared in some of the top statistical categories:

Place Name Top-10s Wins Scoring Greens in Reg Driving Distance
1 Stacy Lewis 15 3 69.38 77% 259.8
2 Inbee Park 13 2 69.74 71.70% 248.3
3 Lydia Ko 10 2 70.24 72.90% 249.8
4 Michelle Wie 10 2 69.7 77.30% 257.15
5 Anna Nordqvist 8 2 70.67 76.20% 251.82
6 So Yeon Ryu 11 1 69.98 75.20% 245.25
7 Karrie Webb 5 2 70.72 70.40% 249.89
8 Lexi Thompson 8 1 70.71 73% 271.3
9 Azahara Munoz 8 0 70.47 73.60% 253.63
10 Cristie Kerr 11 0 70.37 73.20% 256.02


INTERVIEWS

Rolex Rankings No. 1 Stacy Lewis (-12)
Q. You holed some lovely long putts out there the last couple of days.
STACY LEWIS: Yeah, and putts that kept the round going. That's the thing. I've made them at the right time. I've had good speed all week. Just had a lot of tap-ins, even when they're not going in.

Q. You had to be patient is right. Birdie at the 5th hole and then you had to wait a while for the next birdie until 13.
STACY LEWIS: Yeah, it was a day that I just had to stay patient. Even coming in I could have made a few more birdies. Didn't quite hit the shots around the greens that I needed to.

Shot 5-under and made six birdies today, so it's a good day.

Q. Good day for Texas, as well. Playing with Brittany tomorrow.
STACY LEWIS: Yeah, it'll be a lot of fun. We're good friends with her and her brother. It's good to see her playing some good golf. Nice to see another American flag up there on the leaderboard. It's be fun.

Q. You're one of the most athletic and fit players on the tour. Between now and tomorrow's tee time, will you go to the gym?
STACY LEWIS: Oh, for sure. I'll go through my same routine. I will be at gym tomorrow morning. With this jet lag I'm up pretty early anyway, so you got to kill some time.

Q. We've got the bowling challenge tomorrow.
STACY LEWIS: I won't be a part of that, but I'll be pulling for the caddies, no offense.

Q. Brittany said tomorrow playing with you, you've known each other forever, good friends, but she can learn a lot from you as a player. How does that make you feel knowing how well respected you are and people can take a lot from you?
STACY LEWIS: It's cool. I don't really think that of myself, so I guess it's pretty cool that they think that of me.

More than anything, she's a great friend of mine. She hasn't really played her best at times this year, so it's good to see her playing some god golf.

It's always fun playing with her. Her and her brother are always good for some laughs, so we'll have a good day.

Rolex Rankings No. 81 Brittany Lang (-10)
(Through translation.)

Q. Low round today, tied with BRITTANY LANG for low of the day, 66, despite that narrow miss on 18. What was working so well for you out there today?
BRITTANY LANG: Yeah, I played really well. I like this course a lot. I didn't get off to the start that I would've liked to. I stuck it close on 2 and missed it, or capitalizing early.

Made a really good par save on 6 and then from there just made a ton of birdies. I started dialing in my irons and hitting them close. I've been hitting my putter really good for a while now, so kind of an easy, fun day.

Q. Suzann described this course as very scorable. Did you think so, too? Particularly what do you like about this course? How have you avoided trouble if you still do see trouble out there?
BRITTANY LANG: Yeah, it's a very scorable course. It's a good golf course. It really is. It's in great shape and every hole is good.

I like it because you can hit driver a lot. The fairways are pretty generous so you can hit driver. I like courses where you can do that rather than hit 3-woods or hybrids.

Yeah, I got in a little bit of trouble on a couple of the holes, but I think in the waste bunkers you just have to chip out and try to get a putt for par and not get too cute out here.

You're going to make a lot of birdies, so minimize that.

Q. You were paired with Mirim Lee today who also played very, very well. Did you feed off her play at all?
BRITTANY LANG: Yeah, she did play great. First time playing with her. Great player. We had a really good group with Giulia Sergas and Mirim and myself. Long hitters and nice pace.

Yeah, Mirim made some birdies on the back nine. When you're watching your playing partners make birdies, it definitely helps you to see it for sure.

Q. You haven't been in this position, leading, in the top two, after round two before the weekend round since your win on the Manulife back in 2012. What's your mindset now heading into the weekend?
BRITTANY LANG: Yeah, I haven't, so I'm looking forward to gaining a little more experience. It has been a while since I've been in that position.

You know, I'm just working on a few different things. Just trying to have a good attitude and enjoy myself out there, and just a few other process goals.

I think it'll be good experience this weekend to make sure when the excitement hits to really pull myself back. You got to keep working on it if you want to be one of the great players out here.

It's going to be a good experience for me regardless of what happens to just get some practice with it for sure.

Q. We are familiar with a lot of great names on the LPGA Tour from America. Stacy and of course yourself are just a few of them we see this time around in Beijing. How come more American players choose to stay home or not to come?
BRITTANY LANG: For this event?

Q. Yeah.
BRITTANY LANG: I'm not exactly sure. I know a lot of them came last year, so I don't know. I think a lot of players don't like staying where you're kind of isolated and you can't go do stuff. I really like it when you're right here.

I'm not really sure. Maybe they don't like the food. I'm not really sure.

Q. $2.1 million as the purse money is already the most generous.
BRITTANY LANG: It's a big purse. It's a great golf course. I really enjoy playing here. I would never miss it.

I'm not sure. I think some of the U.S. girls like when there is stuff going on around and they can get away from it. So maybe that's the reason.

Q. Going head-to-head with Stacy over the weekend, does that feel invigorating or a little bit scary?
BRITTANY LANG: Yeah, I will say it's a little bit intimidating. I've known Stacy for a long time. I've known her since being in middle school, high school from Texas.

She was a late bloomer and college and now a world beater (?)

We're really good friends though and I have a lot of respect for her on the golf course. Yeah, definitely going to be out of my element, a little intimidated.

She's a great player. But at the same time, I'm trying to get better, too.

So playing with her, watching her, and trying to play well and do my thing is going to make me better. If I could play with her on more weekends, then I'll be doing pretty good. Maybe I can learn something from watching her.

Rolex Rankings No. 120 Belen Mozo (-8)

Q. Belen, terrific round, 69. (Indiscernible) drained on 17.
BELEN MOZO: I know. I mean, I shouldn't be proud because the shot that I hit on that with my wedge, it was (indiscernible), but it is what it is. You just to have take it and smile and go for it on the next hole.

Q. I think it was a lucky a putt. It was a good putt. It was a very good solid round as well with your front nine going out in 33. You must feel really comfortable on this golf course.
BELEN MOZO: It really fits my eye and we've been really lucky with the weather. The course is playing in phenomenal shape. It's just the pure conditions, so it's really easy to play good on it.

Q. You've been working on some swing changes and they're starting to pay off.
BELEN MOZO: Yes. Like I said yesterday, it's something that doesn't happen from night and day, so you have to work hard. It's been a process since January. It's still not quite there yet because I'm still missing shots, but everyone is going to miss shots.

As long as I keep doing in my routine and keep doing what I have to do everything is going to be good. That's my goal, to keep working and keep getting better every day.


Q. It must be very hard to implement those changes. Certainly something you can't do on a golf course during a tournament.
BELEN MOZO: Actually helps my concentration because it's on one thing I have to do out there and one thing only.

Q. What is that?
BELEN MOZO: Well, it's a technique, say, that I tell myself before each swing. Just helps me get focused, and I don't look on the distractions and dangers. It's just that thing that I have to do and keep on doing it all the way through.

So it really helps me keep me grounded and don't get distracted with misses or birdies or whatever. Just keep on doing that and try to do the best.

Rolex Rankings No. 29 Mirim Lee (-8)
(Through translation.)

Q. Great round today. Three consecutive birdies, 14, 15, 16. What was working well for you?
MIRIM LEE: Nothing was perfect. Nothing worked particularly well, but I was able to consistently hit my shots. 13, 14, 15, short holes. I was able to pitch it in and use my putter to make it work.

Q. Bogey-free round. How did you avoid mistakes on this course?
MIRIM LEE: I really focused on hitting greens and not missing the greens. I don't think I gave myself opportunities to make bogeys, so I was pretty consistent.

Overall, it was a pretty comfortable round.

Q. And then overall impressions of this course, this resort?
MIRIM LEE: As you know, this is my first year on the LPGA and obviously the first time participating in the fall Asian swing.

My general impression of the golf course is it's a pretty good golf course and everything is very nice. The resort is nice.

I'm hoping I can make it back here again next year.

Q. You mentioned this is your first year on the tour. With one win already, pretty successful rookie year. Happy with it so far?
MIRIM LEE: I think having a win definitely makes this a good year.

But with that said, I had a lot of ups and downs this year.

So it's a pretty good year, but not necessarily the best that I could do.

Q. Will a win here make to a good year?
MIRIM LEE: What do you think? Of course. (Laughter.)

Rolex Rankings No. 4 Suzann Pettersen (-6)

Q. Rebound strong from yesterday. Right now, lowest rounds of the day. What was your strategy coming into today?
SUZANN PETTERSEN: I don't know. I mean, I played some good golf yesterday. I had six birdies or something and shot 1-over, which is kind of a disaster. Then I made a mess out of two of the par-5s.

Just trying to build a game for the stretch coming up. I don't know if I was a little bit rusty and not sharp enough from not having played for quite a few weeks and it kind of got to me a little bit on certain holes.

Today I hit the driver really good and made the putts when I needed to.

Q. You said it got to you. You could see it on your face a little bit. You were frustrated. Mentally how do you get over that and rebound?
SUZANN PETTERSEN: You have to look over what you did, how you can do stuff different, what's the solution, the fix.

And then, I mean, once you kind of have a clear picture what you need to do more of or not to do, then it's a pretty easy turnaround.

Happy to bounce back with 7-under and put myself somewhere back in the tournament.

Q. You said you were hitting the driver well and that you were rusty too. Is that typical for you, when you feel rusty that the driver seems to be the first that comes?
SUZANN PETTERSEN: No, not really. Just my irons weren't sharp enough yesterday, which is kind of unheard of for me. Just kind of rolled on from there.

Q. How do you keep yourself busy here this week?
SUZANN PETTERSEN: I don't know. Soon as I make it into the room I fall asleep.

Q. You up early then?
SUZANN PETTERSEN: Yeah, super early. Been up at 3:00 every night. Today I might see if I can make it to the gym.

Q. Since the injury do you feel like you've been working out less and on the golf course more or is it the same as before?
SUZANN PETTERSEN: No, probably been working out -- probably practicing a little bit less. Overall, I mean, I can pretty much manage my time and do whatever I feel like I need to, so it's not too bad.

Q. Overall you pleased today?
SUZANN PETTERSEN: Yeah, 7 is a good number today. It is definitely scorable out here if you can manage the ball around and make a few putts. Yeah, it's okay.

Rolex Rankings No. 49 Sandra Gal (-5)

Q. Here with Sandra Gal. 5-under at the end of round two.
SANDRA GAL: 4-under. Well, no, I'm 5-under, yeah.

Q. 4-under for today; 5-under after two rounds. Talk us through your round, please.
SANDRA GAL: I actually had a really nice day today pretty much all day long. Yeah, just missed a couple putts here and there. Could have been a really good round.

But I'm happy with it. Just took a couple weeks off so I'm easing into tournament golf and really to golf sometimes.

So it's been a good day.

Q. What's the plan for tomorrow?
SANDRA GAL: Plan for tomorrow, you know, I'm not setting any score goals. I really just want to focus on keep hitting great shots and maybe getting a little bit more, you know, couple better reads on the putts, and that's it.

Q. Is it your first time playing in tournament?
SANDRA GAL: I played last year.

Q. What's your perspective on the Reignwood LPGA Classic?
SANDRA GAL: This year I think we've been lucky not having so much visibility issues. I really like the golf course. Yesterday you could see how beautiful it is with the mountains all around. It's in good shape, so I think I everyone is enjoying it.

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