Lewis retains Evian lead
American one clear after second round
Last Updated: July 28, 2012 11:53am
Stacy Lewis hits her approach at the fifth
Stacy Lewis stayed one-shot ahead at the Evian Masters in France with a second-round 69.
The American, who equalled the course record with a 63 on the opening day, had an eagle, three birdies and two bogeys in her three-under effort.
That took her to 12-under-par overall, enough to stay just in front of Korean Ilhee Lee, who posted a 67.
Second round leaderboard
(US unless stated)
-12 S Lewis
-11 I Lee (Kor)
-9 P Creamer
-9 I Park (Kor)
-8 M Miyazato (Jpn)
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"To be honest, I struggled a little today," said world number three Lewis.
"It is always tough backing up a really good score. In this weather, you have to make birdies. But it is hard not to push too much."
Lee made four birdies in a row from the 13th and is two clear of compatriot Inbee Park and Paula Creamer.
Park fired the best round of the day - a 64 - her card included eight threes and a two.
Creamer - champion over the Evian-Les-Bains course as a teenager in 2005 - has had rounds of 68 and 67 and is yet to make a bogey in 36 holes.
Spaniard Beatriz Recari is the leading European - five off the pace - with Becky Morgan the highest placed Briton. The Welsh pro is nine shots adrift and in a tie for 28th.