Lewis holds 3-shot lead in Thailand

Stacy Lewis shot a 3-under 69 Friday to keep her three-stroke

lead after the second round of the LPGA Thailand.

Lewis had five birdies and two bogeys to follow up her 63

Thursday for a 12-under 132 total at the Siam Country Club Pattaya

Old Course, replicating her 2012 form that made her the first

American to win the LPGA Player of the Year award since Beth Daniel

in 1994.

”It’s always hard to follow up a really good day. I thought if

I could shoot 4 or 5 under that would still be a really solid day.

I almost got there but it was kind of up and down – I definitely

left a few out there,” said Lewis, who is looking for her first

title since the 2012 Mizuno Classic. ”I didn’t hit it as good

today, but I made some putts on the back nine and still have a

three-shot lead, so I can’t complain.”

Thai teenager Ariya Jutanugarn shot a bogey-free 66 in windy and

humid conditions to move into second place. The former top-ranked

amateur, who won the Ladies European Qualifying School title in

December, blamed her putter for missing an eagle chance at the

last.

”I just wanted to hit a birdie on 18, which was a difficult

hole, but I hit a good approach shot for a chance to make an eagle.

I wanted it so much that I miss read the green,” said Ariya, who

finished second in a Ladies European event in Queensland last

month.

Beatriz Recari (68), So Yeon Ryu (68) and Catriona Matthew (69)

were tied for third at 8 under, a shot ahead of Se Ri Pak (68) and

Lizette Salas (69).

Former champion Ai Miyazato (71), Lydia Ko (71), Jessica Korda

(67) and Karrie Webb (71) had a share of ninth place at 4 under.

Two-time defending champion Yani Tseng (68) recovered from a 75 on

Thursday. She trails Lewis by 11 shots.

Lewis, a five-time LPGA winner, is hoping to learn the lessons

from last year when she led at the halfway mark before finishing

fifth.

”I think I’ve gotten a lot more comfortable having the

three-shot lead. In the past, you get up and you kind of start

protecting a little bit and you realize you still have to go out

there and hit shots,” she said. ”You just have to go out there

and play and not worry about what anyone else is doing. I didn’t

look at many leaderboards today until kind of the last few

holes.”