Lewis leads Lang in LPGA Classic in China

Second Round– LPGA Tour –Reignwood Pine Valley LPGA Classic –Reignwood Pine Valley Golf Club – Beijing, China –

Rolex Ranking World No. 1 Stacy Lewis continues to lead the Reingwood Pine Valley LPGA Classic in Beijing through 36 holes.

Lewis followed up an opening-round 66 with a 5-under tally at the par-73 Reignwood Pine Valley Golf Club. At 12-under overall, Lewis leads American Brittany Lang by two shots. Lewis lost in dramatic fashion here in China a year ago to Shanshan Feng on the final hole.

Lewis, a 4 ½-to-1 betting selection at, also leads the season-long Race for the CME Globe, which climaxes in Naples, Florida in the season-ending event Nov. 20-23. Lewis has three wins in 2014 with her last coming at the end of June at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship.

Lang, an 80-1 long shot this week to win the title, shot 7-under-66 to move into solo second ahead of Caroline Hedwall (8-under). Suzann Pettersen is T-9 after a 66, while defending champion Feng is just T-39 (75-71).

Former World No. 1 Yani Tseng slipped back after an opening-round 69, which had her in the Top 5. Tseng shot 75 in round two and sits T-27.

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