Stanford is tearing up the course. She followed her 66 with a smooth 67 hitting 12 fairways and 16 greens! What is impressive is her front nine start carding a 32 to get the day rolling. Stanford puts herself 2 shots ahead of the field going into the weekend and is looking for her 6th LPGA victory of the year.
As Stanford was signing her scorecard and coming out of the scoring tent, her fans were chanting ‘ANGIE, ANGIE!’ She is quite a favorite at this tournament since she won the inaugural event in 2008.
The Lorena Ochoa Invitational Presented by Banamex and Jalisco is the second to last tournament on this year’s schedule and the Rolex Player of the Year race is heating up. Coming into this week, Stacy Lewis currently holds a 58 point lead over Inbee Park forcing Park to win the remaining two events and Lewis finish worse than T8 this week and T10 at next week’s CME Titleholders. Inbee Park sits in second at the moment while Lewis is right on her heels in 4th place after 2 days.
Park took a look at the Rolex Player of the Year standings after last week and realized the task ahead of her is a long shot if not virtually impossible. Still, Park says she will give it everything she has and make a run for it.
Where is Wie?
Michelle Wie followed her hot first round of 66 with a 3 over 75 dropping her to 12th. Wie hit the ball at times with precision and perfection and at other times it was just slightly off. Her putts didn’t drop in round 2 as they did in round 1, but Wie remains positive that the weekend will be a good one!
Cristie Kerr shot a second-round 3-under 69 on Friday but according to the 14-time LPGA Tour winner, it was quite a struggle from the first hole to the last. (I think most of us would be ecstatic to shoot 3 under no matter what!!!)
Kerr has not won since the 2010 at the State Farm Classic but feels it is just a matter of time before she is back in the winner’s circle. She felt today that she scored well despite hitting it poorly. Her focus is on the mental side of the game at the moment trying to not get too hyped up when things are going quite well or too emotionally down/frustrated when she hits a poor shot or plays a bad hole.
One thing Kerr did in the middle of the season this year was get back together with her longtime caddy Worth Blackwelder. She feels that he is a calming influence and ever since they reunited, she is closer and closer to the winner’s circle.
Lorena Ochoa is hanging in there carding a very respectable even par 72 to remain at -1. She may be quite a few shots back of leader Stanford, but for someone who hasn’t played competitive golf in 2 years, well, I think she is quite content and happy!
What will the weekend look like? There are 36 holes left and anything can happen. Saturday is ‘moving’ day and only 6 shots separate the top 10. This will be a dog fight and I hope you will stay tuned in!!
‘keep smiling and always believe’