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Stacy Lewis leads Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic
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DALY CITY, Calif. (AP) - Stacy Lewis matched playing partner Lydia Ko with birdies on Nos. 15 and 16 and added another on the 17th to take a one-stroke lead Saturday in the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic.
“We’ve played a lot of golf together,” said Lewis, 12 years older than her counterpart. “I was impressed with her then. I think the best part of her game is the maturity.”
Ko won the Canadian Women’s Open as an amateur the last two years and took the Swinging Skirts World Ladies Masters in December in Thailand in her second start as a professional. She has five victories in pro events.
“We both play fast and we got into a good rhythm,” said Lewis, who has five runner-up finishes since her victory at St. Andrews. “It’s nice to play with someone who is playing well. I think it made both of us elevate our game.”
“It’s fun watching Stacy play,” Ko said. “She does make me feel like I have to play better. I always knew she was good. Her rankings and scores show that. It’s really good for me, as a rookie, to play with a player like Stacy. It’s a great opportunity for me to learn from another great player.”
They’ve played together through the first three rounds.
“It’s fun to be in the last group,” Lewis said. “I know the crowd got into there. I think they were tired of us making pars, so we both went on a run there and made a few birdies for them.”
Lewis played bogey-free on a difficult course that was hit hard by rain Friday.
“This is probably the worst I’ve hit the ball all week,” she said. “This course is so hard you can make a bogey real quick. I was putting good, so when I hit a couple of good putts for par, I got some momentum going.”
Jenny Shin was four strokes back at 6 under. She also shot 68.
“My whole life I hit my putts short,” Shin said. “Hitting it past the hole was my main goal this year. I had some long putts that fell in that helped turn it into a better round.”
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