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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Can Stacy Get It Done THIS Time?

She's in position to win yet again at the Marathon Classic. Can Stacy Lewis finally break her drought and post a win?

Stacy Lewis

It's an intriguing situation for many reasons. Not only has Stacy gone winless for a bit over two years, but she's a native of Toledo (the Marathon Classic is played in Sylvania, Ohio, which is a suburb of Toledo) and also a spokesperson for Marathon. And she finally seems to be swinging freely, not getting in her own way out on the course -- her 65 on Saturday was only one shot off the best score of the week.

Unfortunately for Stacy, that 64 was also shot on Saturday -- by Hyo Joo Kim, the leader going into the final round today.

The whole line-up for today seems tailor-made for some drama. Just look at the Top5, who have separated themselves from the rest of the field:
  • Hyo Joo Kim leads at -15. She was tied with Lydia Ko at the start of the day, and just left her in the dust.
  • While Hyo Joo shot 64, Lydia Ko could only manage a 67 and now trails by 3 shots at -12. Of course, if Lydia gets going, that's not too much for her to overcome.
  • Tied with Lydia is Alison Lee, who shot a 66 Saturday. Alison has been recovering from a torn labrum and is just now starting to get healthy. If she wins today, it will be her first win as a pro.
  • Then, just one shot back at -11, is the impressive tandem of Stacy Lewis and Ariya Jutanugarn, who shot 65 and 66, respectively.
Things get even more interesting when you realize that Hyo Joo, Lydia and Stacy all went bogey-free on Saturday. If they're all on form today, and Alison and Ariya can put together some good rounds...

Granted, it won't be the Stenson-Mickelson duel everybody expects at The Open, but it should still be pretty good. And best of all, The Open will be over by the time the LPGA coverage starts. It's on CBS at 4pm ET.

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