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Lewis claims second-round lead in Swinging Skirts

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Stacy Lewis endured rain and hail to make her way to the top of the leaderboard at the Swinging Skirts Classic on a rainy Friday after shooting a 3-under-par-69 in the second round of the LPGA tournament at Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City, Calif.

Lewis, who began the day three shots behind first-round leader Karine Icher, finished 36 holes at 6-under 138 for a one-stroke lead over 17-year-old Lydia Ko and Icher. Ko shot a 1-under 71 and Icher a 1-over 73.

Heavy rain and hail suspended play for a little more than an hour before resuming in a steady drizzle that gave way to sunshine in the afternoon.

Lewis, the third-ranked player who has five runner-up finishes since winning the Women's British Open in August, offset bogeys Nos. 1 and 4 with five birdies.

"For me, I think we all went in to the day knowing that it was going to play really hard and be a test of patience and there were going to be some delays," Lewis said. "We knew it was going to be a long day. That's the way I took it. One shot at a time, and tried to get the ball in the hole. That's what I tried to do. Get it in the hole as fast as I could.

"Fortunately, I was able to do that and make a couple putts. I think anything under par today is a good score."

Ko's round included four birdies and three bogeys.

"Yeah, I was pretty happy with my 71," Ko said. "You know, sometimes I didn't hit it in the most ideal positions. ... I think I gave myself a lot of good birdie putts, so I'm really happy about that. I wasn't really confident with my putter coming into this week, but after yesterday and today I'm pretty happy about it."

Icher, flawless on the first day with six birdies and no bogeys, managed only one birdie and had two bogeys in the second round.

"Well, everybody knew that today was going to be rainy and wet, so basically there is no really strategy," Icher said. "It's like staying dry as much as you can, and then try to hit the fairway and then the green and then putt in the hole. It's a tough golf course."

Tied for third at 3-under 141 were Mike Miyazato, Ilhee Lee and Inbee Park, the world's No. 1-ranked player whose 4-under 68 was the best round of the day.

"It was a very good putting day and I hit a lot of fairways," Park said. "I got a little lucky with the weather. I only had to play in the rain for four holes."

Nine players followed at 2 under, including world No. 2 Suzann Pettersen and Brittany Lang. Pettersen returned this week after missing three tournaments because of a back injury and followed a opening 70 with a 72.

American Michelle Wie, who ended a four-year drought with her first victory since 2010 last week in Hawaii, shot her second straight 72 and was at even par after two rounds.

The first round, suspended because of darkness because of Thursday morning fog delay, was completed early Friday before the start of the second round. The LPGA tournament is the first in the Bay Area since 2010.

The event is sponsored by Swinging Skirts, a successful Taiwanese group whose goal is to grow women's golf and the golf industry in Taiwan. The event is co-sanctioned with the Taiwan LPGA. It is the first-ever LPGA co-sanctioned tournament on American soil.

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