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Lewis' day ends with thud

Stacy Lewis leads for most of Day 2 at the weather-delayed U.S. Women’s Open in Colorado Springs but ends up trailing I.K. Kim by two when play was suspended because of darkness.

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Stacy Lewis leads for most of Day 2 at the weather-delayed U.S. Women’s Open in Colorado Springs but ends up trailing I.K. Kim by two when play was suspended because of darkness.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — When the rain stopped, Stacy Lewis got off a school bus wondering if she was in the U.S. Women's Open or the twilight zone.

By the time her ordeal was over Friday, she had lost her lead and was barely hanging onto her cool.

Going for her second major of the year, Lewis made bogey and double bogey shortly after a 66-minute rain delay, and the lead she held through almost the entire marathon day at the U.S. Women's Open turned into a two-shot deficit to I.K. Kim.

Kim was 4 under par with four holes to play when the second round was suspended because of darkness. Lewis, who had led by as many as four shots earlier in the day, was tied for second with Wendy Ward at 2 under with two holes left.

"We sat in a school bus," Lewis said of the way she spent the thunderstorm delay. "It was 20 people in a little school bus. There was no place to go. You couldn't do anything. It was hard to get loose again. Just kind of unfortunate — unfortunate the way it all worked out, I guess."

But maybe it was to be expected during a tournament that has been interrupted by two afternoon thunderstorms, which have forced backup plans to be replaced by more backup plans.

Only 33 of the 156 players made it through their second round Friday, and 66 never made it to their tee time. Among those were amateur Amy Anderson, who played six holes early in the morning to close her first round and finished the day in the three-way tie for second at 2 under.

Another shot back was Paula Creamer, along with Karrie Webb, who was in a group of four at 1 under who hadn't teed off.

Yani Tseng couldn't get going during her day of start-and-stop golf. She was 3 over with two holes to play. "I think I was just trying too hard," Tseng said. "I'm trying to play well, trying to hit it close to the pin. Sometimes when you try harder, the worse you get."

Cindy LaCrosse of Tampa shot a first-round 71 but did not tee off for the second round. Seminole's Brittany Lincicome opened with 75 and was 4 over with two holes to play in Round 2.

PGA: For Chez Reavie, the mental aspect of overcoming knee surgery was tougher than the physical work of rehabilitation. He didn't get comfortable on the course again until he stopped thinking about his rebuilt right knee.

Reavie, who had surgery last year for a torn ACL and meniscus, relied on near-flawless putting to shoot 9-under 62 and claim a two-stroke lead at the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill.

Reavie found the greens to his liking while making eagle and a succession of birdie putts, going 8 under during one nine-hole stretch. He went into the weekend at 14-under 128 in search of his first victory since the 2008 Canadian Open.

"The putter's been great," he said. "That's been the key."

Steve Stricker shot 64 to finish at 12 under in his bid for a third straight victory in the tournament. Steve Marino (66) also was 12 under. The past two British Open champions, Louis Oosthuizen (2010) and Stewart Cink ('09), missed the cut (5 under) by one.

Champions: Russ Cochran made six consecutive birdies and shot 7-under 65 to take the first-round lead at the First Tee Open in Pebble Beach, Calif. Cochran had seven birdies overall and played a bogey-free round in his return to the tour after suffering a wrist injury that led to a two-month layoff. David Eger was one shot back at 66, followed by Brad Bryant, Morris Hatalsky and Jim Thorpe at 67.

Lewis' day ends with thud 07/08/11 [Last modified: Saturday, July 9, 2011 12:19am]
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