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  • Stacy Lewis in control by 3 at Honda LPGA Thailand

    Ryan Ballengee at Devil Ball Golf1 hr ago

    Stacy Lewis has a message for the golf world: She's not going anywhere.

    The world No. 3 had a statement round on Friday on Day 2 of the Honda LPGA Thailand, shooting 8-under 64 at Siam Country Club to take a three-shot edge into the weekend over Amy Yang.

    Lewis, who turned 30 on Feb. 17, knows this is a course where there's no room for holding pat.

    "Tomorrow is just keep looking forward," Lewis said. "I did a good job of that today, of not looking at the leaderboards and what anybody behind me was doing. Just kept focusing on the next shot."

    Curiously, Yang is the player who stared down Lydia Ko last weekend for the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open at Royal Melbourne before blinking in the final four holes. Yang is playing well because she ended her 2014 season earlier than usual, in October, and recharged her batteries.

    “You know, sometimes you get tired of what you’re doing,” Yang said. “I think that’s what happened to me last year. That’s why I decided to finish season earlier, too. But over the winter while I’m resting I wanted to play more golf.  Finally my mind changed and I wanted to go back there and play in contention if I can.”

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  • Yani Tseng opened Honda LPGA Thailand with 66 to share lead

    Ryan Ballengee at Devil Ball Golf1 day ago

    Yani Tseng, nice to see you again atop a LPGA leaderboard.

    Shooting an opening 6-under 66 on Thursday, Tseng shares the lead after Round 1 of the Honda LPGA Thailand with Stacy Lewis and Brittany Lang.

    ''Could be better, could be worse,'' said Tseng. ''I miss(ed) couple short putts, but I just tell myself to smile and let it go.''

    Tseng, a five-time major winner and former No. 1, has slipped to 90th in the Rolex Rankings as she has lost her game, in part because she struggled with the pressure of the world's top ranking. However, she is now working with a new teacher, Claude Harmon III, and a new trainer, David Donatucci, in hopes of regaining her form and confidence.

    “They just keep me so relaxed and believing in myself,” she said. “I know I can do it. I just need my swing good. (And when) I swing good, I just need to be mentally very tough. So I’m working on my mental (game) and trying to be tougher and tougher out there.”

    If there's a place for Tseng to break through again, it's in Thailand. In seven career starts, she has two wins and has never finished outside the top seven.

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  • Greg Norman: 'I doubt' Tiger Woods can return to top form

    Ryan Ballengee at Devil Ball Golf3 days ago

    Greg Norman knows a thing or two about dealing with mental scar tissue. He's faced huge letdowns on the biggest stages with the utmost class. So when he is speaking about the toll golf can take on a player's mind, he's an expert.

    Norman, a Hall of Famer who spent more than six years as the world's No. 1 golfer, told Matt Lauer on "The Today Show" on Tuesday that he doesn't think Tiger Woods will ever return to top form.

    "Quite honestly, I doubt it," Norman said. "Not the way he was in 2000 on for eight or nine years."

    The 60-year-old expressed what's become a common sentiment: something is wrong with Woods' head.

    "Mentally he's a little unraveled," Norman said.

    “Imagine with what we’ve seen since December of last year, with his short game [and] chipping," Norman continued. "Imagine standing over the back of the 12th green at Augusta National, and you’ve got to chip it down there, Rae’s Creek right in front of you, or the back of the 15th of Augusta National . . . all those gremlins are going to be sitting in his head.”

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