Lewis still on top at EvianJul 27, 2012 - 7:02 PM Evian-les-Bains, France (Sports Network) - It wasn't as spectacular as her opening round, but Stacy Lewis' 3-under 69 on Friday was enough to keep her in the lead after two rounds of the Evian Masters.
Lewis, last year's runner-up, finished 36 holes at 12-under-par 132. She has already won twice this season.
Ilhee Lee posted a 5-under 67 to move into second place at minus-11 at Evian Masters Golf Club.
Inbee Park fired an 8-under 64 to jump 21 spots into a share of third at 9- under-par 135. She was joined there by 2005 champion Paula Creamer (67).
Mika Miyazato is alone in fifth at minus-8 after a second-round 69.
World No. 1 Yani Tseng snapped her string of 12 straight rounds of par or worse with a 1-under 71, but missed the cut by a stroke at 3-over 147.
Lewis, who had seven straight birdies in the first round, had no such hot streak in the second round. After three straight pars to start her round, Lewis birdied the fourth.
The 2011 Kraft Nabisco champ eagled the par-5 seventh to jump to 12-under. After that, she parred the next four holes.
Lewis stumbled to bogeys at 12 and 14 to slide to minus-10. She fought back with birdies on the 15th and 18th, both par-5s.
"Today was actually a little bit more of a struggle for me. I wasn't really sure how I would play coming off a good score yesterday," Lewis admitted. "It's hard when you make pars and you feel like you're going backwards because of all the birdies I made yesterday. It wasn't the best, but I made two birdies late and fought through it."
Lee started her bogey-free round with eight consecutive pars. She birdied the ninth to get on the board. Around the turn, Lee started with three pars in a row.
The 23-year-old South Korean caught fire down the stretch. She ran off four consecutive birdies from the 13th to jump into second place. Lee parred her last two holes to end one back.
"My putting feels really good this week. And then the last tournament, the U.S. Open, that made me more confident and helped me play better than before," said Lee, who tied for fourth at the U.S. Women's Open. "So everything is getting better, I think."
NOTES: Ai Miyazato, who won this title in 2009 and last year, managed a 2- under 70 and completed two rounds at 3-under-par 141...The cut line fell at 3- over-par 147 with 75 players making it to the weekend...Among those that missed the cut along with Tseng were three-time champion Helen Alfredsson, 2004 winner Wendy Doolan, Angela Stanford and Melissa Reid.
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