After taking the lead at the LPGA event in Hawaii American Angela Stanford says the difficult windy conditions played into her hands
Angela Stanford adeptly handled the windy conditions to shoot an 8-under 64 on Thursday and take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the LPGA LOTTE Championship.
American Stanford took the lead early with five birdies in a row on the front nine and finished the day with eight birdies. The best round of the tournament so far left the five-time LPGA Tour winner at 8-under 136.
“Finally I got comfortable on these greens and it felt great,” Stanford said. “To see the ball go in that much is a lot of fun…I needed a round like that.”
Queenslander Katherine Kirk was the best of the Australians, tied for 20th and seven shots behind Stanford after a second round 1-under 70.
Just like the first round, the contenders played day two at Ko Olina Golf Club with gusty winds, and that played into Stanford’s hands.
“When I get into the wind…for some reason my body just starts moving into the ball more and I tend to keep it lower,” Stanford said.
Hawaii favorite Michelle Wie was one stroke back after a 67 that included five birdies.
Wie hit a birdie on the par-5 13th hole that helped her maintain momentum.
“That putt was really, really, really fast. It was downwind, down grain, downhill and I just barely touched it and the crowd rolled that one in for sure,” Wie said.
Christie Kerr, a 16-time tour winner, shot a 66 and was tied for third in a group of four at 138. Among them was top-ranked Inbee Park, who shot a 68.
Anna Nordqvist, going for her third win of 2014, and 2012 LOTTE champion Ai Miyazato both missed the cut.