ROGERS, Ark. – Stacy Lewis gave her vocal gallery something to cheer about at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship.
Lewis made four straight birdies and eight overall to shoot a 6-under 65 on Saturday and join a group of four players atop the leaderboard at 10 under after the second round at Pinnacle Country Club.
Lewis, the world's No. 2 player, earned an unofficial win at the rain-shortened event as an amateur in 2007. She is the local favorite this week, having played collegiately at Arkansas.
Lewis was as low as 11 under after 17 holes, thanks in large part to needing only 27 putts for her round – a number that included several near misses and a three-putt on her final hole. The 28-year-old Lewis, who played during the morning, thrilled her pro-Arkansas gallery with four straight birdies on her first nine holes.
After starting on the back nine, she birdied Nos. 14-17 to reach 8 under before the par-5 18th took its toll. Lewis' approach on her third shot came up just short and rolled to the bottom of the hill in front of the green. Her following chip did the same.
Fortunately for Lewis, she managed to save bogey with an up-and-down thanks to her fifth straight one-putt. She then reached 11 under after four more birdies later in her round, before bogeying her final hole of the day.
Still, Saturday's effort put the formerly top-ranked Lewis in Sunday's final pairing with Recari and well within reach of a championship.
Lewis will have plenty of challengers Sunday on a leaderboard that features seven players within two shots of the lead, including Park – with two major wins this year.
Arimura, the rookie from China, also needed only 27 putts on Saturday in shooting a bogey-free 65. She tied for the lead with birdies on her final two holes. Ryu birdied the par-5 7th hole – her 16th hole of the round – to reach 10 under.
Recari also posted a bogey-free round, birdieing four of her first seven holes, before making the last of her six birdies on the par-5 14th. The Spanish golfer already has one win this year, the Kia Classic in March.
Juli Inkster followed an opening 71 with a 65 on Saturday.