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Lexi Thompson and Stacy Lewis Tied for Lead Entering Final Round of Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic

Lexi Thompson and Stacy Lewis Tied for Lead Entering Final Round of Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic

Stacy Lewis (l) and Lexi Thompson. (photo credit: LPGA.com)

Stacy Lewis and Lexi Thompson share the 54-hole lead at 23-under-par entering the final-round of the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic.

“I couldn’t tell you,” Lewis said of the key to her day. “That was probably the best round I think I’ve ever shot on Tour in relation to par, so just a cool day.  I didn’t exactly hit it perfect, got away with a few shots, but just took advantage of it, and I didn’t even know what I shot there at the end of the day.“

Lewis, who tied the round of the day with a 10-under 63, had seven birdies, one bogey and two highlight eagles on her card.

“I knew I needed to be aggressive out there today, and it wasn’t pretty at times, wasn’t perfect, but the scorecard turned out great,” Lewis admitted. “You’ve just gotta take advantage.  When those missed hits work out good, you take advantage of it, and that’s what I did today. “

Lewis will take a share of the 54-hole lead into a final-round for the first time since the 2015 Honda LPGA Thailand where she finished tied for second, one of her 11 runner-up finishes since her last victory.

“That’s where I wanted to be,” Lewis said of being in the final group. “When I walked up on 18, kind of said I needed that putt to make sure I was in that last group.  I think it’s important just to kind of know what’s going on.  I did a good job of not looking at leaderboard today, and I want to continue doing that so you get a feel for what’s going on. It’s definitely the goal.  The goal coming in this week was to have a chance on Sunday, and I did that, so now it’s just go out there and play golf. “

Thompson, who shot a career-low 61 yesterday, backed it up with a solid bogey free 66.

“I replayed it a few times,” Thompson said of her second round 61. “I just like to think about the shots and the putts that I made, and it helps with confidence, but coming out here with no wind, it’s just you have to make a lot of birdies to make a move on anybody.  I shot 7 under and I’m tied, so it’s crazy, but we will see what tomorrow will bring.”

Rounding out the final group will be Gerina Piller who sits a shot back at 22-under par.

“Really just keeping it in the fairway and keeping it close, and I have had several tap in birdies which always helps,” Piller said of the key to her day. “The greens are in great condition and that helps when you hit the ball on line.  That’s what you gotta do to get it to go in, so hitting fairways and getting on the green.”

Due to the inclement weather forecasted for tomorrow afternoon, starting times for the final-round will be 8:00am – 10:23am, off of #1 and #10 tees in groups of three.

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