Morgan Pressel makes a move in the second round of the Wegmans LPGA Championship at Locust Hill Country Club, in Pittsford, New York. She now has a two shot lead over her nearest rivals.
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Morgan shot a -2 under par, 70 in the second round of the Wegmans LPGA Championship, to take a two shot lead into the final 36 holes on Sunday. She said she had a comfortable start, despite a slightly wayward driver;
“I got off to a good start, had a birdie opportunity on 10, but didn’t go in and then made one on 11. I started to hit my driver a little bit to the right, but made great par saves on 12 and 13, and then two great birdies on 14 and 15 to get me off to a really good and comfortable start. I hit a couple more drives to the right, which cost me bogeys, wasn’t able to make quite as miraculous saves on those couple of holes. And then the back nine was pretty uneventful. There wasn’t a whole lot that happened out there. I had some opportunities, made some. And then the wind picked up on our back nine a little bit and made it a little more difficult, and that side because of how it sits is quite a bit more wet, and so it was a little bit more sloppy on that side than it was on the front nine today.”
Inbee Park trails by two shots after an impressive -4 under par, 68 which tied Michelle Wie for the low round of the day. Inbee is currently tied for second with first-round leader Chella Choi at -4 under-par. Chella finished her second round with a +1 over par 73.
Inbee thinks it is going to be mentally and physically tough to play 36 holes tomorrow, and said Morgan probably hit the ball pretty straight;
“It feels like just one more round to go, but we have to play two rounds in one day. I think that’s what’s going to be very tough mentally and physically. It’s something that I really need to handle. And I need to get really good rest tonight. And try to be very relaxed and get a lot of sleep. I’m sure she probably hit it very straight to play that well on this golf course. So I gotta try to do that like her tomorrow. I think she was having tough time, but I’m sure she’s type of player that she could always come back, and I think it was about time that she was coming back. And I think she’s feeling really comfortable around this golf course.”
Chella had a message written on her hand, which kept her focused during her round, she would not reveal what the Korean written message said;
“It’s a secret.”
Jiyai Shin, tied in fourth place has won before playing a final day 36 holes, the last time was at the Ricoh Women’s British Open last year, in wet and windy conditions, with the tournament’s largest margin of victory, nine strokes. With her mental toughness and ability to grind out two full rounds in one day, Jiyai will be a player to watch on Sunday.
“I know how to play the 36 holes, because I played last year at the British Open with very bad weather. So I know I’m a couple shots behind the lead at the moment, but now I have 36 holes left. So morning time I checked my physical conditioning and all my skill and maybe I try to hit more aggressive in the afternoon.”
Michelle Wie made a move today, -3 under par, to bring her back to even for the tournament. Using her 3-wood, 2 hybrid or 4 hybrid most of the time off the tee;
” I just try not to be greedy on this golf course, I hit a couple more drivers yesterday, which cost all my strokes, really cost me for my drivers yesterday. And on this golf course, even if you have 5‑iron, 6‑iron in, you just have to be in the fairway.”