Stanford posted a 3-under-par 68 Friday. At 9 under overall, she’s four shots behind the leader, In Gee Chun.
Lincicome fought her way to a 66 Friday with nine birdies and four bogeys. She’s five shots back.
Stanford, 38, is seeking her sixth LPGA title and her first major. She has given herself weekend chances to win majors before, including a playoff loss to Hilary Lunke at the U.S. Women’s Open at Pumpkin Ridge in 2003. She has finished T-5 or better in seven majors.
Stanford says she has put too much pressure on herself to win majors in the past.
“I think I made it so important that it was really becoming a problem,” she said. “I think if you don't want to win every tournament, then you probably shouldn't be out here. I think people define their careers by majors, but for me to get over the hump, I need to kind of take a step back and take some of the emotion out of it.”
Lincicome, 30, is seeking her seventh LPGA title, her third major. She has won a pair of ANA Inspirations (2009 and ’15).
While Lincicome, nicknamed “Bam Bam,” is known for her power, she said her putter was the difference Friday.
“I made everything today,” she said.