Stacy Lewis tumbles on back 9 at US Women's Open

From FOX Sports - July 15, 2017

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP)Stacy Lewis was on a roll in the third round of the U.S. Womens Open at Trump National Golf Club.

The American birdied four straight holes to pull within a shot of leader Shanshan Feng, a run that included a 40-foot putt on No. 9.

Then, the day unraveled. After her birdie on No. 10, she made a triple bogey on the par-4, 11th hole, chipping her third shot from behind the green off the front and leaving her chip back up short. A bogey on the 12th hole dropped her five shots off the lead.

After five straight pars, she hit her approach into the water on the par-5 18th and closed with a 10.

Lewis ended up with a 4-over 76 to drop to 2 over11 shots off the lead.

The former top-ranked player has 11 victories, including two majors. She has finished second 12 times since her last LPGA Tour victory in 2014.


SPIKES ALLOWED:Christina Kim thinks shes the last LPGA Tour player to wear metal spikes.

Im old enough where metal spikes were still a thing, Kim said.A lot of these kids werent even born when metal spikes were taken away from competition.For me, it provides a sense of comfort. I get great traction with it. You can read the greens with your feet and you can gauge moisture levels of the golf course with the spikes.With the way golf shoes have evolved, I just dont feel I have as snug of a fit as I used to. I lost a few spikes today, but I always have a few spare in the bag.

She shot a 4-under 68 to move to 2 under.


POTUS PRESSURE? : American Lexi Thompson shot a 2-under 74 and then visited President Donald Trump in his box near the 15th green.

I didnt feel any extra pressure, said Thompson, who with her family posed for pictures with the president. Its cool to have the president of the United States here. Its his golf course. Its all good.

Fellow American Cristie Kerr also wasnt fazed by Trumps appearance.

Hes a huge supporter of womens golf, Kerr said. Its cool to say that I know the president.

Kerr said that she planned to speak with Trump after the day was over.

Well talk, Kerr said. But were not going to talk about politics, Ill tell you that.

LOCAL FLAVOR: New Jersey native Marina Alex admitted that her nerves got to her, playing in front of so many family and friends from her hometown of nearby Wayne, about 35 miles from the club.

It was a little crazy, said Alex, who was the top U.S. player after the second round. It all just hit me. I had a lot of people here supporting me. I had people here supporting me that didnt even know me. It just got to me. It was a mental thing more than anything.

Alex shot a 73 and was tied for 14th at 2 under.


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