Na Yeon Choi takes control of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship at Pinnacle Country Club, at the completion of round two.
Na Yeon shot -8 under par 63 in the second round of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, to move to the top of the leaderboard with a -13 under par tournament total, and will take a two shot lead into the final round tomorrow.
She recorded an Eagle 3 at the par five 18th hole, and said that was her lowest nine-hole score, 29. Undecided on what club to take for the approach to 18, the tee shot had ended up in the first cut. The 3 wood found the green, and she then dropped a 45 foot putt;
“Actually beginning of this week I felt really good about my swing and putting, so I felt like pretty confident with this tournament and this week.”
” And then I just realized I shoot 29 on the back nine today, and that was my record.”
“I mean, on the course I didn’t think about any score, any number out there, I just tried to be more independent player out there, and after 18 holes I got the score, I’m very satisfied.”
“I got the 3-wood out first, then changed it to a pitching wedge and then back to 3-wood because there is a small gap to the right side of the green.”
“But the wind helped me a lot, wind was a little bit helping right to left, so I just hit 3-wood.”
“I mean, I couldn’t hit a 3-wood if today is Sunday, but today’s like Saturday and I feel good about my swing so I just hit it.”
Tied in second place at -11 under par are Mi Jung Hur, -3 under 68 today, and Anna Nordqvist with a -5 under 65.
Anna was disappointed that more putts did not drop for her today;
“I felt like I hit a lot of good putts today, just couldn’t get some of them to drop and it’s always nice to finish with a birdie.”
” I played really good today, hit my irons really good so I gave myself a lot of chances.”
” It’s just late. Tried to keep my attitude up and keep my patience and my energy up. It was nice to get one on the last, get one shot closer to Na Yeon Choi for tomorrow.”
The defending Champion, Stacy Lewis is in a group at -9 under par, four shots off the pace, and just loves the support she receives out here from the gallery;
“I think that cheer on 17 was louder than 18 last year.”
“We’ve got more people out here this year and I love this tournament, I love coming back here, so it never gets old.”
Stacy is joined in fourth place by Brittany Lincicome, Amy Yang and Mika Miyazato.
World number one Inbee Park missed the cut, while rival for the top spot Lydia Ko progressed to the final round, but at -3 under par is ten shots from the leader.