Sep 20th, 2020
Mel Reid celebrates her birthday in style
Englishwoman leads Cambia Portland Classic by two
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Reid carded seven birdies to no bogeys in her second round to move to -12 overall. She will carry a two-stroke lead over defending champion Hannah Green into Sunday’s final round at Columbia Edgewater Country Club.
“I hit it really good last week, so kind of took that momentum going into this week,” says Reid, who tied for seven at last week’s ANA Inspiration. With this week’s tournament shortened to 54 holes. Reid also took advantage of extra rest.
“I think it did me a favor having an extra day off. I was pretty tired from last week,” said Reid, whose best career finish is third at the 2019 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. “It obviously feels good. Put myself in a great position, a position that everyone wants to be in, so I'm excited for the opportunity tomorrow.”
With six birdies and two bogeys in Saturday’s 68, Green is in prime position for a repeat victory in Portland.
“I got off to such a great start, so always hard to back up a low round,” said Green, who shot a 66 in Friday’s opening round. “Really happy with my last putt. Holed a long bomb there, so gives me another positive momentum for tomorrow. “Hopefully I can get the pace of the greens a little bit better and give myself opportunities to make birdie.
Amy Olson and Amy Yang are tied for third at -9, while a quartet of players are tied for fifth at -8, including 2019 Cambia Portland Classic runner-up Yealimi Noh and 2018 AIG Women’s Open champion Georgia Hall.
The cut came at Even with 80 players advancing to Sunday’s final round. Notables to miss the cut include 2017 Cambia Portland Classic winner Stacy Lewis (+1), 2008 champion Cristie Kerr (+2) and Rolex Rankings No. 4 Sung Hyun Park (+4).