Toledo's Lewis takes 3-shot lead in Thailand


CHONBURI, Thailand — Stacey Lewis shot a 3-under 69 Friday to keep her three-stroke lead after the second round of the LPGA Thailand.

The Toledo native 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.

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).