POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Apr 26, 2014
LAST UPDATED: 02:20 a.m. HST, Apr 26, 2014
DALY CITY, Calif. » Stacy Lewis overcame rain and hail Friday to take the second-round lead in the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic, shooting her second straight 3-under 69 at Lake Merced.
Winless since the Women's British Open in August, the third-ranked Lewis had a one-stroke lead over 17-year-old playing partner Lydia Ko and first-round leader Karine Icher.
"We all went into the day knowing it would play hard," said Lewis, who has five runner-up finishes since her victory at St. Andrews. "It was a test of patience. I took it one shot at a time and wanted to get the ball into the hole as fast as I could. Fortunately, I was able to do that."
Ko had a 71, and Icher followed her opening 66 with a 73.
Lewis and Ko played alongside Hawaii's Michelle Wie, dealing with heavy rain and hail that suspended play for just over an hour. Play resumed in steady drizzle that gave way to sunny afternoon conditions that helped several of the late starters.
Wie, the winner last week in the Lotte Championship at Ko Olina, was even par after her second 72.
The weather wavered between a slight mist and light shower before pounding the course just after noon, forcing the suspension at 12:36 p.m.
"I honestly thought we'd get it done," Lewis said. "Then we got to seven and it just poured. We had to call off Lydia from her putt when it started to hail."
Wie had three birdies and three bogeys and is six shots back. She birdied two of her final three holes.