Friday, July 27, 2012

Evian Masters Thursday: Stacy Lewis's 7-Hole Birdie Run Lifts Her to 2-Shot Lead after Opening 63

Bad 1st rounds have been holding back America's top female golfer this summer, but yesterday at the Evian Masters Stacy Lewis rode a 7-hole birdie train midway through her round and closed it out with 2 more in a row to get that particular monkey off her back and send it packing with a bogey-free 63 that gave her a 2-shot lead over Hee Young Park and a 3-shot lead over Ilhee Lee.  With Mika Miyazato and Mariajo Uribe at -5 and Paula Creamer and Shanshan Feng at -4, there are very few golfers within 5 shots of Lewis heading into today's round. 

Among the big names hoping to make up some ground on them are Suzann Pettersen, Ji-Yai Shin, In-Kyung Kim, Momoko Ueda, Natalie Gulbis, and Sandra Gal at -3, Karrie Webb, Se Ri Pak, Azahara Munoz, and Ha-Neul Kim at -2, and Juli Inkster, Helen Alfredsson, Cristie Kerr, Ai Miyazato, Hee Kyung Seo, Inbee Park, Brittany Lang, and Cheyenne Woods at -1.  Given how low scoring tends to be, anyone at par or worse needs to be aware of where the cut line will be.  That includes Amy Yang and Anna Nordqvist at E, Laura Davies, So Yeon Ryu, Sun Young Yoo, Brittany Lincicome, Michelle Wie, Melissa Reid, Jennifer Song, and Carlota Ciganda at +1, Catriona Matthew, Kristy McPherson, Vicky Hurst, Lexi Thompson, Katie Futcher, Shin-Ae Ahn, and Kaori Ohe at +2, Na Yeon Choi, Eun-Hee Ji, Mina Harigae, Ryann O'Toole, and Danielle Kang at +3, and Ya Ni Tseng, Morgan Pressel, Angela Stanford, and Miki Saiki at +4.

Sorry to hit you with the list of names, but if you watched Golf Channel's coverage last night, they never once showed even the 2nd page of the leaderboard, much less a crawl of everyone's scores.  If you're hesitant to click on the above link because you hate spoilers, don't worry, it goes only to the 1st-round results.  But don't click on any player's name, because her individual scoring page includes details about today's round, too.

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