LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Trish Johnson said she hit it great on the range before round two then was in a bad mood throughout her second round after hitting her opening drive in the water leading to a double bogey. She pulled things together for an even-par 72 to back up her opening round 67 and has a three-shot lead with 18 holes to play in the Senior LPGA Championship at the Pete Dye Course at French Lick.
Johnson birdied three and bogeyed four to make the turn in two-over 38, her four-shot lead to start the day down to just one. But she made a long birdie putt at 12 and another short one after a fine tee shot on the par three 13th to get back to even for the day. Michele Redman had the best round of the day, a three-under 69 which left her three strokes behind Johnson. Another trio is three more back at one-over: Lorie Kane (70), Liselotte Neumann (71) and Carolyn Hill (74).
“I’m not feeling as happy as I was after day one, it was hard work and it wasn’t enjoyable,” said a disappointed Johnson. “I didn’t play well and I didn’t putt well so I suppose level par is pretty good after I lost my tee shot off the first. It was a battle to say the least. As well as I hit the ball on the range before I went out, it shouldn’t have been as hard as I made it. “I turned every positive I had going into the round into a negative. Sometimes the brain works in a mysterious way.”
The final group of Johnson, Redman and Kane will tee at 12:47 p.m. on Wednesday. The final-round will begin at 7:35 a.m. and Golf Channel will have coverage from 4:00-6:00 p.m. eastern.
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