PRATTVILLE, Ala. -- Third-ranked Stacy Lewis shot a 7-under 65 Saturday to take a two-stroke lead in the Navistar LPGA Classic, while second-round leader Lexi Thompson fell five shots back.
Lewis, a two-time winner this season, had a 15-under 201 total on The Senator course at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail's Capitol Hill complex. She birdied four of the first five holes in her bogey-free round.
Thompson, 17, had a 74 to drop into a tie for sixth at 10 under. Thompson won the event a year ago at 16 to become the youngest champion in LPGA Tour history, a mark broken recently by amateur Lydia Ko, 15, in the Canadian Women's Open.
Angela Stanford was second after a 68. Lizette Salas with third at 12 under after a 70, and Haeji Kang and Mi Jung Hur followed at 11 under. Kang shot a 67, and Hur had a 72. Sarah Jane Smith and Hee Young Park joined Thompson at 10 under. Smith had 68 and Park shot 72.
Lewis is trying to complete an Alabama sweep after beating Thompson by a stroke in the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic in late April. This former Arkansas star also won the ShopRite LPGA Classic in June in New Jersey.
Thompson opened with a career-best 63 Thursday to match the tournament record, and followed with a 69. She made a double bogey on the par-4 12th Saturday, and offset two birdies with two bogeys.
Top-ranked Yani Tseng was 5 under after a 70.golf