What to Watch For: Saturday at the McDonald's LPGA Championship

What to Watch For: Saturday at the McDonald’s LPGA Championship

It's hard not to root for Stacy Lewis, the ancient — 23 years old! — LPGA rookie. She has a lively and exuberant manner, rhythm-to-die-for, and a back story that just won't quit: she spent over a year in college in a back brace to correct a childhood issue with scoliosis. She turned pro less than a year ago, at last year's U.S. Women's Open, at which she finished in a tie for third. Now, in her third major as a pro, she's going into the weekend of the LPGA Championship at Bulle Rock in shouting distance of the lead. She opened with a 68 and had an even-par 72 in the second round. If that's her bad round of the tournament, watch out. Bulle Rock is a course where a lot can go wrong and with major-championship pressure it's unlikely anybody is going to go low four straight rounds. But Saturday's the day she has to do it. There are too many good players bunched near the top to think that some kind of spectacular Sunday finish is going to win the thing. It feels like a U.S. Open, an event for  which Lewis has already demonstrated she knows how to play, and Saturday is the day you must make some progress and at the very least hold steady. Anything 70 and under on Saturday and she'll be in position to win, for the second time in three majors. She's a major talent, and I'll be watching her.McDonald's LPGA Championship: Round 2 Recap | Scores | Photo Gallery