Lewis leads group atop NW Arkansas Championship

  • Posted: Saturday, June 22, 2013 11:41 p.m.

ROGERS, Ark. — Stacy Lewis made four straight birdies and eight overall to shoot a 6-under 65 on Saturday and join a group of four players atop the leaderboard at 10 under after the second round of the LPGA NW Arkansas Championship.

Lewis, the world’s No. 2 player, earned an unofficial win at the rain-shortened event as an amateur in 2007. She is the local favorite this week, having played collegiately at Arkansas.

Chie Arimura and Beatriz Recari both equaled Lewis’ 65 and are tied entering the final round with So Yeon Ryu.

I.K. Kim and defending champion Ai Miyazato tied for the lowest round of the day, each shooting a 7-under 64.

First-round leader Mika Miyazato shot a 70 and is three shots back.

Els, Levy, Noren in 3-way lead in Munich

MUNICH — Alexander Levy overcame two bogeys to shoot a 4-under 68 in the third round Saturday to pull into a three-way tie with Ernie Els and Alex Noren atop the leaderboard of the BMW International Open.

The trio was even at 15-under 201 heading into Sunday’s final round.

Els, who had a one-stroke lead and shot 69, remains confident he can claim the title. The two-time winner of the British Open and U.S. Open says, “I’m playing nicely.”

One stroke behind the leaders are

Matthew Baldwin and Thomas Bjorn, who holed nine birdies were one shot back, while Peter Uihlein was another stroke further behind in sixth after a 67.

Play was delayed by one hour at the start and again later due to heavy rain.

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