September 1, 2017
Rolex Rankings No. 6 In Gee Chun -10 (134)
Rolex Rankings No. 10 Brooke Henderson -10 (134)
Rolex Rankings No. 18 Stacy Lewis -10 (134)
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LEWIS MAKES CHARGE, SHARES LEAD WITH CHUN AND HENDERSON
On a week when Stacy Lewis said she would donate all of her winnings for the flood relief efforts in her adopted hometown of Houston, Texas, she’s doing the best she can to make sure that the donation is the biggest one she can make – as she’s tied for the lead through two rounds at the Cambia Portland Classic presented by JTBC.
Lewis fired a near-flawless round on Friday, with eight birdies and no bogeys. Her 8-under-par 64 has been the round of the tournament so far.
Brooke Henderson shot her second-straight 5-under-par 67 on Friday and had the lead outright at 11-under thanks to an eagle two on the par-4 11th, but made a bogey on the par-3 16th to fall back into a tie at 10-under with Lewis and In Gee Chun.
“It was just a little bit up and down today. I made a lot of birdies and an eagle, which is awesome. Although I made a couple bogeys that I would like to take off the card for the next few days,” said Henderson of her round on Friday. “Overall I feel like I have a solid game plan, and any time I’m in double digits after two days I’m really happy. Just try and continue that trend over the next two days.”
For Adam Stanley’s full recap of second-round action, visit http://www.lpga.com/news/2017-cambia-portland-classic-presented-by-jtbc-round-2-recap
LEWIS LOOKING FOR A GOOD FINISH TO ASSIST HURRICANE RELIEF
LPGA veteran and Houston native Stacy Lewis announced on Wednesday that she will donate her entire winner’s check this week to go towards relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey.
Lewis, who moved to Houston when she was 11 and whose husband, Gerrod Chadwell, is the women’s golf coach at the University of Houston, is ingood position through two rounds of play at the Cambia Portland Classic to not only win her 12th LPGA title but to make a sizeable donation to those affected.
“It would honestly probably be one of the most special,” Lewis said of hoisting the trophy on Sunday. “It would probably be up there with a major. That was the goal to start the week, was to take a big check home.”
You know, that’s still the goal. Now I’m in a good spot to do that.”
If Lewis were to hold on to her 36-hole lead and win on Sunday, the first-place prize to be donated would be $195,000.
With Nike and Adidas both headquartered in the Portland area, Lewis also had the idea to piggy back off of University of Houston basketball coach Kelvin Sampson’s shoes and shirts relief effort. Lewis has encouraged her fellow LPGA players to buy extra pairs of shoes this week to send to Sampson’s hurricane relief efforts.
Following Lewis’ lead, Cambia Health Solutions and the LPGA are joining forces to raise money for those affected by Hurricane Harvey by donating a portion of ticket sales to support relief efforts.
Tickets are available for purchase on-site at the admissions gate. For more information, please visit www.portlandclassic.com or www.lpga.com.
AI MIYAZATO’S AMERICAN FAREWELL
Nine-time LPGA Tour winner Ai Miyazato is playing for the final time as an LPGA member on U.S. soil this week at the Cambia Portland Classic presented by JTBC. Miyazato announced in May that she will retire from the LPGA Tour following the 2017 season, and has since shared that the season’s final major the Evian Championship will be her final start.
Save for a double bogey on nine on Thursday and a bogey on nine on Friday, Miyazato would be blemish-free as she heads into the weekend tied for fourth at 8-under par (136).
When asked if a victory this week would make her second-guess retirement, the always smiling Miyazato laughed and said, “No. But like I said, I’m enjoying my game. This is so much fun for me, especially this tournament. You know, I won 2010 and I have such great memories and I love this tournament and I love all the people. They are very supportive.”
“I think just you have a lot of good positive momentum on your side, a lot of people cheering for you, a lot of people encouraging just because they want to see you do well because they want to see that big check go to Houston.”
– Second-round co-leader Stacy Lewis on playing for something bigger than herself this week
“I think just keep everything the same. Seems to be working so far. I love this tournament and it’s really been special to me. Hopefully I can go out and make the next few days special, too.”
– Second-round co-leader Brooke Henderson on going for the three-peat
“And then after made bogey almost just wake up then forget about bogey and start again.”
– Second-round co-leader In Gee Chun on her bogey on the first hole, her only one of the day
Stacy Lewis’ second-round -8 (64) is her career-best in 29 rounds at the Cambia Portland Classic
Lewis’ 64 is her best score to par this season since she also shot 64 in the first round of the Bank of Hope Founders Cup, she went on finish T2
This is the 14th time in her career that Lewis has held a share of the 36-hole lead
When holding the second-round lead, Lewis has never finished outside the top six and has gone on to win five times
All of Brooke Henderson’s four career victories have come when she holds a share of the second-round lead
Henderson is attempting to become the first player to win the same tournament in three consecutive seasons since Inbee Park (KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, 2013-15) and join Nancy Lopez as the only three-time winner of the Cambia Portland Classic presented by JTBC.
If Henderson wins she would become the 11th player in LPGA history to win a specific tournament in three consecutive years; she would also become the youngest in LPGA history to accomplish that feat
In Gee Chun holds a share of the 36-hole lead for just the third time in her career, the previous two times she finished T3 (2017 CP Women’s Open) and won (2016 Evian Championship)
Chun has six top-5 finishes this season including four runner-up’s
In 10 starts in 2017, Ai Miyazato’s best finish of the season is T13 at the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open
Miyazato has made 11 starts at the Cambia Portland Classic, including taking home the win in 2010 and five additional top-25 finishes
Moriya Jutanugarn has one made cut in three tries at the Cambia Portland Classic, with a best finish of T19 in 2014
Jodi Ewart Shadoff is making her first start in Portland since 2013; through round two she is tied for fourth at 8-under par
Fresh off her Team Europe Solheim Cup appearance, Shadoff is looking for another good finish to capitalize on what was a career-best runner-up finish at the Ricoh Women’s British Open