Gulbis, Lewis trail by one at North Texas Shootout


After going low in the second round, both Natalie Gulbis and Stacy Lewis are in the hunt heading into the weekend in Dallas. Here's how things stand after 36 holes at the North Texas LPGA Shootout, where Caroline Masson and Meena Lee share the lead:

Leaderboard: Caroline Masson (-8), Meena Lee (-8), Natalie Gulbis (-7), Stacy Lewis (-7), Christina Kim (-6), Suzann Pettersen (-5), Cristie Kerr (-5)

What it means: Lee grabbed the lead early in the day, but was soon caught by Masson, a veteran of last year's Solheim Cup. A number of Americans remain within striking distance, though, including Gulbis and Lewis who are both eager to add their name as the latest high-profile winner on the LPGA.

Round of the day: Lee had an adventurous first nine, shooting an outward 31 without making a single par - five birdies and an eagle against three bogeys. She added three more birdies from Nos. 3-5 to shoot a 7-under 64 and now shares the lead as she looks for her third LPGA victory.

Best of the rest: Lewis has had a number of close calls in recent weeks and is again in contention after matching Lee's 64. The reigning Women's British Open champ had seven birdies without a bogey, including three straight from Nos. 1-3. After three top-three finishes in her last four starts, Lewis now has a chance to lift her first trophy of 2014. Gulbis receives honorary mention here, after a 6-under 65 put her in contention to win for the first time since 2007.

Biggest disappointment: Michelle Wie has been on fire in recent weeks but cooled somewhat Friday, shooting a 2-over 73. After beginning the day in a tie for second, Wie managed only one birdie against three bogeys and now sits in a tie for 22nd, six shots off the pace.

Main storyline heading into Saturday: While Masson and Lee will start at the top, the players to watch are the Americans among the chase pack. Lewis is playing the best golf of anyone without a win this year, while Gulbis is in position to add a rare trophy to her collection. Not to be overlooked, first-round leader Pettersen remains in the hunt as she looks to win after missing multiple starts with a back injury.