Happy Birthday! Reid leads Cambia Portland Classic
It was a happy birthday Saturday for Mel Reid at Columbia Edgewater Country Club.
The most memorable gift was a two-shot lead in the 49th Cambia Portland Classic, thanks to her shooting a bogey-free, seven-birdie, 7-under 65. She'll be vying for her first LPGA victory in Sunday's final round.
Having shot a 67 on Friday, Reid sits at 12-under 132 through two rounds.
"I think that is the lowest I've shot on my birthday, which is nice," said Reid, who turned 33. "I've never made the cut here. It's been a bonus week already. Obviously I'm in great position going into (Sunday), the position that everyone wants, so I'm looking forward to the opportunity."
Hannah Green, the first-round co-leader and defending champ, shot 4-under 68 and sits two shots back. Amy Yang (66) and Amy Olson (68) are three shots back, and Georgia Hall, Celina Boutier and Yealimi Noh are four back.
First-round co-leader Cyndee Clanton had a tough day Saturday — 5-over 77, but made the cut at 1-under.
Yvonne Vinceri, an amateur and a player and senior at Portland's Riverdale High, missed the cut at 14-over but shot a very good 2-under 74 Saturday. Also missing the cut was Caroline Inglis (2-over), a Vancouver, Washington resident and Eugene native, former University of Oregon golfer and Pac-12 champ.
Danielle Kang, the LPGA money leader, made the cut at 2-under.
Reid, who's from Derby, United Kingdom, has not won in her first 3 1/2 years on the LPGA Tour, and has $633,843 in career earnings. But, she won five times on the Ladies European Tour in 2016.
She has four top-10 LPGA finishes, including tying for third in the 2019 KPMG Women's PGA Championship. But, she entered Portland having finished seventh in last week's ANA Inspiration tournament at Rancho Mirage, California.
She shot a 5-under 67 in the opening round and then went on a birdie blitz in the second round. She shot 5-under on the front nine, and made consecutive birdies on holes six through nine. She finished off the round with a birdie on par-4, No. 18, a hole that played the toughest on Friday.
"I felt like I hit it really good last week, so I kind of took that momentum going into this week," Reid said. "I think it did me a favor having an extra day off (with cancellation of Thursday's round because of air quality). I was pretty tired from last week."
She hit 11 of 14 fairways and 15 of 18 greens in regulation.
It's lining up to be a second consecutive solid finish — if not a win. Reid chalks up the recent success to "certainly my game, where I'm at kind of mentally, physically and technically. We've put in a lot of hard work the last few months. Game feels very solid. Right now it's kind of a little bit of everything; I've hit a couple loose drives, which is kind of unlike me, my driver is probably my strength. My putter is behaving, which is very unusual."
Green, who had two bogeys, sank a long putt for birdie on No. 18 (a hole she bogeyed Friday) that "gives me another positive momentum for (Sunday). Hopefully I can get the pace of the greens a little better and give myself opportunities to make birdie."
Notables to miss the cut include 2017 Cambia Portland Classic winner Stacy Lewis, 2008 champion Cristie Kerr and Rolex Rankings No. 4 Sung Hyun Park.
The tournament is being played without fans because of COVID-19 pandemic and government restrictions.
A delayed broadcast of Sunday's final round will be shown on the Golf Channel from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Live streaming of the tournament is on http://www.GolfChannel.com.
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