Live coverage of the second day's action at the Women's British Open, introduced by Hazel Irvine. Commentary by Peter Alliss, Ken Brown, Maureen Madill and Andrew Cotter.
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. The Marquis course Anthony Wall Woburn golf club might be the
shortest venue of the year but it is certainly no pushover. No fewer than
46 of the 144 strong field finished under-par. Rather surprisingly, the
world number one, was not amongst them. Woburn staged countless
professional tournaments from the 1980s until today but this is the
first time it has played host to a Major. Lydia Ko, the world number
one, has dominated the leaderboard in big events lately but a rare and
she is shots behind. Brooke Henderson very much in the mix and
the home galleries were pleased, too. I am happy with my rounds
today. I was nervous on the first tee because it is my home golf
course. I usually play further behind, because I come in with a
longer club. It is nice to play with a 7-iron. I played a solid rounds
today. I only had one putt for par animated. -- and I made it. The
British Open is a Major. I never mind one more Major. I had a very
good first round today and I want to have maybe three more days on the
same plan, doing the same thing, and we will see. This year I have so
much fun when I play golf and I really want to play every single
round. I am really happy right now and I'm just focusing on what is
under my control. I'm so happy now because everything was perfect. I
just keep going and keep going. Perfect from Mirim Lee, the Korean
making only her second appearance at the event. She missed the cut in her
first and came home in the early evening last night, after a
spectacular round of 62, equalling the lowest in the history of the
Championship. Last achieved 12 years ago at Sunningdale. It has given
that three shot advantage, coming into date two.
Britain's top ranked female golfer, Charley hole, for whom this is a
home Major, was group at 3-under par but the runaway leader, they are all
looking up at Mirim Lee. Including the 2004 British Open champion,
Karen Stupples. Here years, 12 years after that stunning success at
Sunningdale, now in the ranks of the commentary brigade. This
Championship is a completely different character to the windblown
links that we have seen from the last eight years and they are making
hay. They are. And this is a course that most of the players that have
come from America will be really familiar with. They understand the
style of golf and they know they have to hit it to certain portions
of the green to make scoring very good on this course. They are happy
to go in with short clubs and they are not being stretched. There is
not much rough out there either, so that is a nice surprise. They were
expecting knee-high he, and there has been no wind. The conditions
have been very benign. As we have seen from the scores. Mirim Lee's 62
yesterday, there was a 62 the year that you won, but you came through
on that one. As it was back then, you started as the leader with 65.
Getting to the front is one thing but staying there at the end is
another. And this is something that this Korean golfer has had trouble
with lately. She started out 8-under par at the women's open in the US,
and there was criticism of the USGA for setting up the course too easy.
As the week went on, other players chased her down and she fell away.
That is something she will have to content with this week, knowing that
she has to keep moving forward, accepting the fact that other
players will have good rounds to catch up to her. As long as she
keeps putting her head in front, that is what she had to do and that
is what I tried to do that in 2004. I knew I was playing well enough but
I had to make more birdies on that final day than anybody else. And you
did. It gives us a wonderful excuse to relive that spectacular start to
your final round in 2004. She started with an eagle and an
albatross. It has never been done before and I think it will never be
done again. I really have to pinch myself. People asked me what I
remember from this and I think I was so in the zone that the only real
thing I remember is from watching highlights like this, and those
things just don't happen. I did not think they were going to happen to
me. It was a dream come true for me to when they are at Sunningdale. And
now here, to be doing this. And funnily enough, this is only the
third time in the noughties and beyond that we have come to a
Heathrow and parkland. We have very much made it on links style golf and
this one, being a shorter courts, -- shorter course, does it ironically
hamper the longer hitters rather than help them? It does, because
they are very limited off the tee. That takes a lot of mental strength,
for somebody who could potentially get to a par-5s in two, knowing that
they have to play to position and then lay up again and score with a
wedge, some like Lexi Thompson is not used to having to score with a
wedge, she is used to making eagles and birdies all over the place,
hitting the green with two. It takes a lot of strength to tune it down.
And that is something that Brooke Henderson talked about yesterday,
that she was maybe a little bit to dial down, it was something she was
not used to playing. But for a short hitter, this is paradise because
they can go ahead, hit the driver, at the shot as if they were playing
normally. And as if to proof that, Arieh U-turning an is not even using
a driver. She does hit the 2-iron consistently. She can hit a low
trajectory and the lower you can hit it, the less curve you get on it.
And I am sure she will feature on the second day. Keep up the good
work in America. And we are going to enjoy date two here at Woburn. It
has been dominated by the local girl, Charley hole. She has taken a
big crowd around with her, as you would expect, this being her home
course. She began a 3-under, dropping shots at three and six. She
grabbed them back at seven and this at nine means that she began to make
chase on Mirim Lee. Moving to 4-under with a birdie at hand. And
perhaps the local knowledge on this course is bearing fruit. At the
11th, she was in the sand. She grew up playing golf here. Making it
three birdies on the spin and getting this one nice and close. She
would snap up a birdie chance from there. At the 12th, the 20-year-old
moved 6-under. A great run of four birdies in succession. Looking ever
more comfortable. We are going to enjoy the play of Charlie and some
of the earlier starters who began their rounds this morning and for
the first hour and a bit of our play, we will reflect on that
morning with you. This is the situation as we join it. Mirim Lee
with a three shot advantage over Shanshan Feng. A very early start,
and early tea-time. Mo Martin, the winner of the Championship on links
a couple of years ago, also going well. Ken Brown and Andrew Cotter
also enjoying the golf in this lovely part of Bedfordshire. Along
with Peter Alliss. PETER ALLISS: Welcome to Woburn Abbey. Some of you
will notice misses Moss, the lovely statue of that great racehorse has
gone from the front of the main house. The Dowager Duchess had taken
it with her to New Zealand where she lives for most of the year. And
isn't that a magnificent estate. Let's go and have a look at the
golfer. Charley hole on the 14th. It has been an interesting morning,
weather-wise. A little bit of rain, a little bit of sunshine. If you
smiling faces and a little bit of luck here and there. If you see a
bit of luck, you get enough of the other. Not bad at all. Getting
further away now but OK. Charley hole going well. -- Charley hole.
Lydia Ko at the 14th. Not having the best of the last few hours. Getting
nearer, getting nearer. Funny how this game ebbs and flows for no
reason at all. You have a great day in the next day you go out. And you
take 76 if you are lucky. The images are to at the 15th. A good position
at two. Again, benign conditions here at
Woburn. Mo Martin, the winner a couple of years ago. She is 7-under.
Not a mighty hit by modern standards. A good swing. She looks
as if she hits the ball further than she does. Very accurate, and a good
head on her shoulders. A nice shot. Good result. Mirim Lee, just
sprinting away from the field at the moment. She shot of that wonderful
round yesterday. 10-under par. No stranger to low scores. She shot
8-under in the first round of the US women's open. And it is with shots
like that that she compiles these very, very low scores indeed. It was
a bit of the slow start for Charley Hull with a couple of drops shots.
But that burst of five birdies in the last seven has rocketed to her
up the leaderboard to 6-under par. But her pace putting is going to be
really, really tested here. Quite a lot of appeal. Over a crest in the
hill, and sweeping down towards the hole. Well, it is a little on the
low side, and that is a little short. The greens are slower after
the damp conditions in the rain that we have had this morning. Mo Martin
for a birdie at 12. It dribbles down to the edge. Not a confident stroke,
a simple little tap-in. Lydia Ko, world number one. Struggling a
little bit. 2-over par, she dropped a shot at the last. A good effort,
but a long-range birdie attempt. She needs to get closer, and get
something going with her round. Although it is early days yet, the
cut is looking at being somewhere around level par. Chann Sankaran,
9-under. -- Shanshan Feng. This is her second shot into the 18th. The
middle of the green. Yes, OK. A likely winner, I feel. Still a bit
of playing to be done here at Bo Burnham on the Marquess Course. --
at Woburn. Mika Miyazato. Two Miyazatos on the field, not related.
Carrie Webb, she had a good run going. Can she keep it going? And
she has rolled a little bit. Nearly all the putting we have seen so far
has been shot today. We could blame it on the overnight rain. But we
have to just hit it a bit harder. It is a lovely scene down there at 14
but Charley has left herself with a little bit to do. This is tricky.
She has holed some wonderful putts from inside 12 feet, but this is a
tricky one. That was a real momentum container. 6-under, or business.
Charley said she would prefer the course to play longer and she would
like to be firing in the longer irons. That is what she is
accustomed to, as we go to Mirim Lee. How did that mess? It was
travelling ever so slowly. -- how did that miss. There is a Korean
interpreter here with her to help her with English, which was needed
yesterday in the interviews after she shot that spectacular 62. But
the smile is a universal language. If you have a good set of choppers,
it is better. Not good if they are all like tombstones. Here is Karrie
Webb for par. And what a good round she has got going today. 21 years
since she won here. I cannot believe that. That was a bit untidy. But the
rest of it, very nice indeed. Mika Miyazato, 4-under, 3-under for today
so far. Well holed. Feng, quite significantly uphill for
the first half of the putt. Am I dreaming or has she changed her
grip? I thought she used to putt cack-handed but that looks like a
normal grip. It seems to be working all right. I seem to remember she
always putted cack-handed but I may be confusing them. 66, 68, with a
couple of dropped strokes. Looking very dangerous. Very, very
dangerous. And this is the woman who ran to the first tee yesterday in
order to make it on time. I have never seen anyone moves so fast.
Perhaps Mr Bolt. Here we go, back to 15. A bit of a banana, this hole.
Charley gives it a good old smash. It should have a little left to
right. Shorts approved by the R, and the LG you. I think they are
fantastic and looked lovely for young people.
Doesn't she attack it wonderfully? Wiles, a good swing. Almost a
recoil. It is a joy to watch someone. You see many women at club
level give it an attacking swing. A completely different rhythm here
from Lydia Ko. Much more of a swinger, but deceptively creates a
great deal of speed through the ball. She is in danger of not
qualifying. I would put a lot of money on her qualifying unless the
weather deteriorates. That would be a big loss.
She has only missed the cut once in 81 events in her career. And this is
the young British amateur champion, 15 years old. And that is for a
par-4 and a 72. Unlikely that she will be around for the weekend,
seven amateurs here this week and they are doing so well. There is the
leaderboard, Mirim Lee leading the way. She has a few holes left but
Shanshan Feng has completed her round. What did she think about it?
You followed a 66 with a 68 and a very early start. What I'm were you
up this morning? I got up for 4:30am. The transportation only
started at 5am, if not I would have got up even earlier. But at the same
time, you have made the most of this early start. How aggressive can you
afford to be out here in these conditions? Well, I really like the
chorus, and normally my ranking is not bad, so I know I will hit a lot
of fairways and greens. If my putting is working, it really
matters. In the past few rounds, my putting has been good and I made a
lot of birdies. We saw Mirim Lee, home with 62 yesterday. When you and
the other players see another player achieve something like that, what
does it make you feel? How do you react when you see a score like that
being posted? Actually, I did not know she shot 62. I have a habit, I
do not look at the leaderboard. Until we finish on Sunday. I do not
know what the others are doing, and I do not know where they are at. I
think that 10-under for two days is not a bad score. I am just going to
focus on my own game and if it is mine, it is mine. We shall see.
Thank you very much. That is an aerial view of 15. Two greats tee
shots, splitting the fairway. Again, what can you tell us about the
second shots? Neither can reach, so they will have to lay up the pin. A
slightly easier spots today for the pin, towards the front of the green.
80 yards or so. The further left you go, you go up the links of the
green, a better angle of the flag and you get a glimpse of the putting
surface. I wonder, Ken, if there is any discernible pressure felt by
Lydia Ko, on the cusp of mixing the cut, which is not the thing for her.
Almost unheard of. She has had no luck on the greens. Certainly on the
back nine, I think she had 19 putts. It would reach the second bunker.
No, definitely not. That victory? -- that bigotry. She does like a
practice swing. -- that big tree. I think I heard her say it was a
6-iron, and 106 to five yards up the fairway, she is back a fair
distance. Yesterday, it was 48 yards, so she has been very
cautious. The bunker in front of the green is very formidable. It is a
par-5. Here is Karrie Webb at the 18th. 6-under, going nicely. On the
edge of a divot. She had sit nicely. Maybe going left a whisker. -- she
hits it nicely. If she catches the green, that is not bad. Mel Reid on
the 18th. 2-under par, second shot. Getup. Get up it did. Always a joy
to watch, Mel Reid. What is the yardage, Ken? She has
left yourself a long way back. 124. A bit of a landing area over the
bunker. She got a little nearer yesterday and perhaps a little far
back today. She always takes these practice divots frighteningly close
to the ball. I don't know if I am a great fan of that, I don't know why
you do that. Obviously she hates green keepers. If she fizzes this,
it could come spinning back. Three divots for one shot. Shot quickly.
Not bad. Odds on a par-5. Now here is a nice little picture.
Struck correctly, I think this ball could stop fairly quickly. These
bunkers, many of the bunkers are very formidable. Third shot, 6-over
par, she will not be employed for the weekend. And that it goes. Not
able to do it right. Lydia Ko's third shot. Write down the shaft.
She has got to finish with something rather spectacular. She needs two or
three birdies at least. A big disappointment for many people if
she fails to qualify for the final 36. A long cross green putt here at
118 for Karrie Webb. Realistically, I think she will be happy to get
down in two. Swinging right to left at the hole. That speeded up a bit
more. I thought it was going to be perfect when it came out and then it
was five or six feet past. Myers at all at the 16th. -- Mike Myers at
all. Four under par. That might be buried. It could be
very nasty. Maybe a closing birdie for Mel Reid. Split handed. A little
contrived. She will tap that one home and it will be 35, making 70. A
little under the radar but fine play. The leader at the moment is
currently on 12-under. Mirim Lee. Karrie Webb in the group with Mel
Reid on the 18th. That was great stewpot. Her lunch will taste better
after holing that one. -- that was a great two putt. Enjoying the vibes.
Can I see the umbrellas are up. We have some heavy air coming across.
-- Ken, I see the umbrellas are up. I have to report that she has had a
bad time with slow play, Charley Hull. That means if she has another
one, we start adding strokes. She will not be hanging around. She does
not give the appearance of being a slow player. They do a bit of
chatting, her and her caddy, but she tends to have a wide all over the
ball and on we go. Miyazato's lie almost came out of the pitch mark.
She did not quite fix it up. That was well played from there. This is
a must for Lydia Ko. A bit of moisture on the green. Yes, at last.
Well done. Needs a couple more, I think, if she is going to be here.
Maybe one more. Our leader. Well, Mirim Lee is still
managing to stay up there at the top of the leaderboard at 12-under. A
little weather challenge for us here. Nothing serious. But Mirim Lee
is coping best of all, as she has done since the first round here.
2-under for her round today and now that two shot gap between her and
Shanshan Feng. Thank made the point that Mirim Lee led the US Open this
season and then finished eighth. She is in no panic about the leader
right now. Mo Martin going very well, the 2014 champion. Further
down, Lexi Thompson going well at 3-under.
Significant to see many young amateurs faring very well at Woburn
Golf Course, and there will be an almighty scrap for the reading
amateur this weekend. -- leading amateur. Catriona Matthew, also
amongst those with a later start today, setting the alarm for the
ungodly hour yesterday. Jiyai Shin, 1-under. And Luna Sobron, also
amongst the amateurs under par, seven started, last night for macro
of them under par. -- four of them. COMMENTATOR:
Normally, reliable putt from this distance, Miyazato. And she didn't
let you down. Great up and down from the bunker. Had one top ten that
she, one on the LPGA -- LPGA Tour 2012, little moneymaker machine.
Now then. Going with the driver. Trying to keep it between the two
big oak trees. And she has done that quite a bit this week. Gone down the
right-hand side, it might be OK, just touch and go. The lie look so
gay, but that tree is in the way, maybe getting it in between the two.
-- the lie looks OK. Boom! No applause. That is why. Past the big
tree, may be behind the little tree. And a look at Paula Creamer. Not
having a very happy couple of days here at Bowburn. -- at Woburn Golf
Club. Wonderful par-3, flag close to that book tree on the left-hand
side, very tasty. Only one birdie today. Three bogeys.
She has that pink ribbon in her here, but usually favours the colour
pink, but not today. Miyazato, her tee shot.
We'll followed. Just to the right of the flag. Could come left of it.
Here she comes. Just a little bit more. Getting better. APPLAUSE
Done nicely. The final players. Great fun
watching Britney. She is not inhibited, swings freely. She had a
couple of top tens this year. Also good. Flag in the nice friendly
position there, little collection point. Just losing that slight one
of their thinly green, nudging the ball back down very close to the
hole, lovely shot. Mirim Lee at the 12th, 12-under par.
Going with a little realist, rescues, whatever you call them.
That is OK. On the little island, between the two ponds. This was the
Marcus' favourite hole, not the easiest task getting it ready, but
we did it. Champion from Royal Birkdale. That has never got the
legs. Very unlucky just immediately after she won macro the
Championship, injured her wrists, not able to use the momentum from
her when. To cut a long time to get over that.
Charley Hull, that tree might just be in her site, but I think she can
squeeze it passed with good fortune and good hit. Yes, I would say so,
we are waiting for that ruling. But had the drop for some reason. Yes,
very slender masterly way. Could make the shot substantially easier.
Free drop? Yes, she has this and turnout for whatever there is an
10I4. Like a triffid? Yes, but a good break. She has it clear now.
Virtually, yeah. Plenty of time to think about this
one, she has had that ruling, 150 yards, the tree at the Opera chart,
cannot go round it, has to squirt it under it. Left-to-right on it, not
easy. Very truncated follow-through there,
but it is not the worst result for Charley Hull, clean lie in the
bunker. If you miss this fairway, you tend to get any easier shot from
the left-hand side. As we look quickly at Nikko Miyazato, after a
good tee shot 117. -- on the 17th. The rain coming down slowing the
greens a fraction. Players cannot afford to be aggressive even when
slightly downhill. Two birdies, one bogey, steady round.
Well done. Still wearing that strapping on the left wrist, which
gave her all the problems after the win on the Championship at Royal
Birkdale, I think that is a precaution now. Creamer for the two
at the 17th. That is not like her at all. A little ray of sunshine. But
not a heat wave. Mac on the water hole. -- and back
on the water hole. The flag little further right today, the water
running up that side, but it has frightened her away from it.
Suddenly, it's a shuttle to get the par four on a simple looking hole.
-- it is a struggle. You can see the position of the tee
shot, good leave. Splash shot, but caught it a little heavy.
Disappointing third they are, for Charlie. You can see how will she
has got her feet dug in, a lot of sand in the bunker by the looks of
it, just the back edge into the sand, just a little early, as Kent
said. That deadens the Bloor. Landing to or three yards short of
where she would have liked. -- two or three yards. Not a good shot for
the bunker, comparatively simple bunker shot, not played very well,
and now maybe six or seven yards for the par. 6-under at the moment.
Newly I should just keep the act, but it wasn't. Dropped shot.
Annoying. -- nearly a great escape. The third on the 12th. Very slow
first portion of that putt over the fringe, really misjudged, so with
dampening conditions, it is a little bit of a struggle. Lydia Ko,
important time for her, Ken. Miraculous recovery, brilliant one,
down the slope, moving to her right, quite quick.
CHEERING You have just witnessed on the last
to back row Hales one of the reasons why she is number one in the world
at her tender age, not even 20, and made two wonderful putts, keeping
things going over the next couple and she could be here for the
weekend, when the course looked lost.
Mirim Lee has had her fair share of putts. This is for par. Perfect.
Keeps herself head of the chasing pellet on. That was a very well
fought for par four. Not much in this one? Not really.
Nudged this. Fourth body of the week, 5-under
par. -- fourth bogey. Early days. STUDIO: We have seen
some good putts, Mirim Lee holding that advantage, through 12 Hales,
good to see Lydia Ko in that group with Charley Hull fighting back,
Lydia has not missed the cut for 30 months or so, desperately trying to
be amongst the field here for the week end. This Bronte Law, member of
the Curtis cup, winning Great Britain and Ireland team last month,
amongst seven amateurs going really well. 3-under in that group. An Yani
Tseng yet to get her group under way. She has had her troubles over
the last couple of years, but gradually getting back to form.
Katrina Matthieu still waiting for her tee time. And these are all the
players one would expect at this point to be playing, the weekend for
the Marquess course, and with the weather forecast calm and a little
humid today, and the odd squall coming in, these players will have
to make sure that they are up to scratch.
COMMENTATOR: That is the ball of Lydia Ko on 17. A couple of timely
birdies have put her back in the mix for the weekend. Another quick
practice, another divot removed. Can Charley Hull get it right? Just
needs a touch of drawer and can kiss on that slope to set it up for the
right to left, window from the back. Very different height to previous
shots, but what a result. Coming off of the back of that dropped shot,
greater chance to get it straight back on the 17th.
Brittany Lang for the closing par, women's open champion. That was a
push. Unfortunately, that will be the second dropped shot in the last
four Hales, still here for the weekend, but small consolation at
the moment. Mo Martin, I wonder if this is the
same club with which she hit the pin on her final hole at Birkdale? She
likes these woods. What I shot! That's an excellent low there, from
Mo Martin, on the 15th, par-5, setting up the legal putt. -- Eagle.
A bit of gardening going on. Short par-3, balls landing, some repairs
did it. She is just marginally away from Lydia, Linda Vesper. -- under
Westberg. Precious run she has been, but in terms of Kut made, it goes
back 30 months, she missed one in the women's PGA Championship last
June. But she has given herself every chance of keeping the cut
running going here. Slow one, this, just that little bit slow, then you
think another light drizzle on the green, some moisture on the surface.
She hit it then, now she has not. Straightforward as well, right to
left, comfortable one, if you had given it enough. Just par, but level
par at the moment, good enough for type one 50th, and ties make the
weekend. Miyazato, quite a long way back.
Doesn't like it. That might cling on to the left edge of the green. We
have seen Karrie Webb putt from that direction, so not particularly easy.
The caddy for Paula Creamer, for many years, giving some last bits of
advice there. That was a solid looking swing. Not bad. Struggling a
bit this season, Paula Creamer, her game has disappeared slightly.
Charley Hull, she can be aggressive on this one. And needs to be, keep
it inside the right edge, and firm, but... Just wasn't aggressive.
Firmly at the right edge. You suspect the way she plays that she
would, but I she after that tee shot. -- but that was a shame after.
Seeing yesterday, not knowing the back nine is well here, because her
father usually picks her up at the halfway house. Big tee shot, just a
flick in. That was a touch fortunate. I think
she got that little bit heavy. Should sneak in for the weekend,
level par word Paula Creamer, on 5-over. Now, Lexi Thompson. Four
under at the moment, three birdies at the moment on this back nine. And
there is another one! CHEERING That is the way to do it, she has
had troubles were plotting, but that is the answer, take it out of the
equation, wonderful shot! Worth another look. What it
beautifully, I think it was going just a little bit past the hole, but
it straight online. It doesn't. Beautifully played. -- it doesn't
matter. Some back nine she's got going now.
A fantastic three word here, from Mo Martin, setting up this birdie
opportunity on 15. She has had her potting boots on ready today. And
there we go, another birdie on the card for Mo Martin. She is moving
dangerously near the top of this leaderboard.
As final tee shot from Lydia Ko. Elegant swing. Now hit at it, threw
the ball and bouncing on there. -- no hit.
Just to tidy things up with Mo Martin, I think it was a birdie, we
have had confirmation of that. It under par, still going very well.
And now Wessberg. Her final hole of the Championship
this year. Interesting to see the distance. Charley Hull should be
able to get a wee bit past Lydia Ko. She certainly spoke one pastor
yesterday, heavy drizzle, wet ball and wet clubface, it can squib -- it
can skid of it. Hitting very low again.
It's the recoil. Bouncing past without fade, still good enough to
get 20 yards past Lydia Ko, the shaft binding from the neck, but to
be very good tee shots. -- but the very good. And up ahead on the
green, the putt we saw earlier but Karrie Webb, gathering pace from
this slope, but the extra rain just holding that one back. Not a very
easy one she has left herself. Rather sneaky hole location, as it
was yesterday, some players struggling with closing putts. Mirim
Lee, 113. She just needs to move this a little right to left. -- won
the 15th. -- on the 13th. That is fairly central. Not difficult to hit
the greens here, on this golf course, but difficult to get the
ball close to the Flight, you have to ship it in when they tuck the
pins into the corners behind the trees. -- get the ball close to the
flag. And Brittany Lincicome, big hitting
player, but this for her birthday. -- for birdie. That is rather tired
looking. As birdie on the fifth, at that stage going well, started
3-under, then to four, then four drop shots, and a little to do to
close the par here. Twice major winner, twice winner of
the inspiration, as it is now known. Back to 17 now. And Ai Miyazato, the
other Miyazato. Flirting with that tree. And coming and left of the
flag, great shot, spectators gathered around those being treated
to a wonderful array of golf shot, friendly flag position.
Nico Miyazato, her caddy keeping the ball dry, not wanting any water
between the ball and clubface. -- niqab Miyazato. Not related, the
Miyazatos. I think this is a little bit of a double breaker. She has to
headed firmly to hold the line, otherwise it might speak to her
left. It came back well, well done. Round of 71 completed by Mika
Miyazato, four under par, very decent total.
Mirim Lee. Big right-to-left, swinging putt here. Tracking well.
Little steamy. Very steamy! Brittany Lincicome, lovely round
from heart, sliding down to tide for 71st at the moment, which might have
been the putt to make the cut, we shall see, long way to go, all
depending on the weather. Again, going so well, four under at one
stage, act now to 1-over. -- she is back now.
Hopefully, this will be the final putt on this hall for Paula Creamer.
Unfortunately, it would also prove to be the final putt of the
Championship this year. In she goes. 73 for creamer, giving her to 5-over
par. And I'm afraid, the weekend off is in prospect.
That red dot in the centre of the fairway is 142 yards to the front
edge. Flag today 23 on. Lydia faced that to off from -- she paced the
little in front. If you pitch it on the top of the ridge, on the down
slope, it will go to the back of the green, you have to hit it low enough
to check the bank, and rule over it, very difficult shot. -- and rule
over it. Nice slow trajectory. Wonderful. You
enjoyed that one. That was spectacularly good. I was going to
point out they are to the viewers, the caddy is wearing the bib which
is the equivalent of the yellow jersey in the Tour de France. World
number one ranking on the back, always given to the person at the
top of the rankings. And what will Charley Hull do? Left
herself 150. Possibly capable of hitting it high. Just a little out
of reach. She has gone for the high soft landing. Coming off of it, she
said. Shaping up for trying it in. Lydia Ko feeding it in. -- fading.
We will go back to Mirim Lee, to save her par after racing that first
one past. The leader has just a little stumble. Back to 11, one
clear of Shanshan Feng, who finished a little while ago. First dropped
shot of the day and indeed the Championship from Mirim Lee. The
rain continues to come down, but Mirim Lee one clear. Mo Martin doing
well. Three holes to play and three behind. The former champion in with
a 69, Karrie Webb. Lexi Thompson, beautiful tee shot.
She has read it well but has not hit it either. We have seen that putt
time and time again. Few players getting it to the whole. -- hole.
The birdie on the previous hall was a bonus. The course takes one back.
Stays at 5-under, Lexi Thompson, everyone will wrapped up today. Good
sensible folk, golf followers. Birdie putt for Ai Miyazato. No
movement on this one, she can go straight at it and she does. That is
a nice ray of sunshine. 4-over par. This has got to be struck very
firmly. Charley Hull, down in two would do very nicely on the 18th. It
has been an impressive run so far. Gives it a good data. Very good from
Charley Hull. A few stumbles in there today. A great run around the
turn. She will wait for her playing partners before knocking that one
in. She was quite interesting yesterday in her press conference.
She said the advantage of playing here was the home comforts but the
disadvantage were the expectations. I think now she has the first two
rounds out of the way, she is certainly a woman for the big arena.
I think she will relish being the home favourite at the weekend. I am
sure she is more comfortable with a select band of friends invited to
keep comfortable, one of them a good golfer, and one who is not, first
time on a golf course. Line and pace very tricky here up the hill. Quite
steep, turning right and then it tiptoes over the edge of the
precipice. Would you believe it? Something at the finish for the
Swede but it is her last stroke in this Championship. Giving her a
level par round. And a total of 5-over.
Must've been a bit of tree trouble for Martin here on 16. What a
glorious shot. A realistic chance of escaping with par. A rare mistake
but she might make amends. We will come back to the 18th and Lydia Ko.
You can see this swings from left to right, as clear as anything, but it
is amazing how much it dives to the right in the final yards. Marrying
the speed with the line is not easy. That was a big break. Mirim Lee. 183
yards today across the Lalli Valley. -- across the valley. Easing in that
direction. Playing the percentages, at the heart of the green. Charley
Hull to tap in and complete a tidy round. Back to 1-under in the
Championship for a great run of five birdies around the turn. A round of
70. 5-under total. Would you say this would be assured for the
weekend? 1-over might make it anyway. But yes, this is to make it
for the weekend. She is definitely here anyway. And she did very well.
Think of the rounds that Tiger Woods used a fight when he was struggling
to make the cut. There was a bit of that in Lydia Ko's round. She was
heading home, but birdieing on the 15th and 16th. Level par for the
Championship. Lexi Thompson, elevated to 5-under par after a
blistering back nine. Splitting the fairway at 18. She has a lot of loft
in her hand. This will come in high. Stunning. Sit down. Lexi Thompson at
her best. A great birdie opportunity on the last. So the state of affairs
at the moment, Mirim Lee coming back a little bit. One clear of Shanshan
Feng. Mo Martin finishing strongly. Charley Hull with a round of 70.
5-under par for the Championship. And we can hear from her now. Good
playing today, especially around the turn without charge from the ninth
to the 12th. How much were you enjoying around? I think I had five
birdies in six holes, so that got me going. I hit some good shots but I
did not get up-and-down. I am happy with the way I hit. Unusually, you
were put on the clock after that. How did that affect things? It was
OK when it was raining. It made me rush. And I birdied 16. After that,
I missed the's and it was a bit pointless, but it is stuff you have
to deal with. It definitely affects you? It does, because I am usually a
fast player, and I do not want to get any faster. He said yesterday
that one of the main advantages of being at home is home comforts but
the disadvantage is expectation. How much are you learning to enjoy the
expectation and is the pressure easing a little bit? Yes, it is. I
did not feel as nervous today. I quite liked it yesterday because I
sat in for a fewer birdies and I was in it pretty well. There is no
reason why I cannot go lower. You are certainly right in there, keep
going, Charley. Thank you. Solidly into the hole for Mirim Lee. 14, a
good par-3. Mo Martin has reached the 17th. We have seen several
birdies here already. I don't think it was the cleanest strike.
Here it comes, he becomes. A rather feeble effort to finish by excitons.
That would have been 66. Still, I'm very impressive round from the
21-year-old from Florida. Back home in 32.
She may be in fine that over the weekend, but it will not be here,
for Michelle Wie. 73. Maureen was saying she has been struggling with
injury. 5-over par. Martin favouring the putter. A very slow putt up the
hill here. A yard or so of fringe to go over. Quite steeply. Needs a firm
rap. That is pretty well done from there.
I was almost wondering why she was not tempted to give it a little
chip-and-run, but a good decision. Mirim Lee's tee shot on the 15th,
the longest hole on the course. She looks to be in the trees on the
Seoul yesterday but giving it full white here. She will not be able to
get there. -- she looked to be in the trees on this hole yesterday.
This is the length that is giving Mo Martin pause for thought. She will
be slightly off her right hand side. She could hit it for a straight or
she could just take it into the hole.
She didn't hit it. As a player, your stomach churns when you hit a putt
like that. You give it the thought and then you do not commit. A
careless dropped shot, taking three from the edge, dropping her back to
7-under. Hit it, you have to hit it a bit harder.
In Leona McGuire, one of the amateurs. Her twin sister is on the
bag. Playing very well. She has had a couple of years out at university
in the States, at Duke University. She was the world amateur number one
for a long time until she ceded that crowd to Bronte Law. -- ceded that
crown. Her feet, well above the hole. Good distance control by Mirim
Lee. Another birdie chance coming up. And Mirim Lee is out in front
with four holes to play. Mo Martin on the final hole. Three shots
behind. Karrie Webb, in that with a 69. And Lexi Thompson, 67. And we
will get the thoughts of the American now with Hazel. Great
shooting. 67 and a spectacular back nine. Did you enjoy it? It was fun
out there besides the rain showers. But that is what we expected at the
British Open. It was a good day out there. Looking back at your record,
you have had a top 20, but you have never managed to get right into the
thick of it. These conditions, do they suit you better than the links
conditions? This golf course setup is more suited for my game, rather
than the firm ground and extreme wind on the water. But it is
something to get used to. I am a Florida girl so I am used to getting
my yardage and landing it right there. You have had an interesting
season, just winning the international crown with your
American team-mates last week. This is the interim before the Rio
Olympics, assess the strength of your game right now and those of
your American colleagues. Last week was great at the international
ground but winning for my country, there is nothing like it. It was an
amazing week and we played very well. I was happy to be part of it,
representing my country. This is a great tune-up for the Olympics and I
am super excited. I have a few weeks to go home and relax but I will
focus on the week here. Play well. Thank you very much. Leona McGuire,
a talented amateur from County cavern. This should feed down a
little bit. Playing partner is very close. Playing with two Spaniards.
Mo Martin, second to the final hole. Just 150 yards. Can she get close to
this hole, top to just over a little rich? A bit comes. That was so
nearly very, very good. Leona McGuire for birdie on 17. We've seen
a lot of people leave it shot on the side. Well done. She was a pivotal
member of the winning side earlier in the year. Going very, very nicely
indeed. Mirim Lee, a chance to get back to
12. She rattles it in. Once again, Mirim Lee leads by two from Shanshan
Feng. It was very nearly a very good shot
from Mo Martin. Just came to a halt on that little rich that runs across
this green. This is awkward. A lot of left to right in it. Down the
slope it comes. She judged it very well. What a closing putt from Mo
Martin. It is a birdie to finish with. A back 935. 68 on the Marquess
Course. 8-under par, four behind for the champion from Birkdale. There it
is, Mo Martin creeping up to within two Shanshan Feng and four of Mirim
Lee. Charley Hull in with a round of 70, to sit in that group on 5-under
par. Beatriz Recari and Munoz are giving their second rounds. HAZEL
IRVINE: And the leader dropped a second shot on her round at the
17th. Dropping back to 11-under for the Championship. She would go on to
follow up yesterday's 62 with a completed second round of 71 but
just a few cracks appearing in the South Korean's game. A lot to think
about. And her three shot over night advantage has been whittled back.
Look who is sneaking into third, it is only Mo Martin. And she is here
in person. The 2014 champion, lovely to see you. And what a lovely
finish. Thank you. When you have digested your two rounds and you
need your lunch, how do you feel about your position on the
leaderboard? I feel great about it. It is not something I can control.
The leaderboard is out of my control but everything I can control out
there is going well. I am hitting the ball well my tee-to-green, and I
have a good feel for the course. I am probably plotting better than I
have this entire year. I have spent some long hours the last couple of
weeks working on my putting, and procedurally, it is in a good place.
I be missing being by the seaside? You won at Royal Burghfield, but
here we are and I know there is a little swirling wind, but it is a
completely different character. Have you settled well into that? It is a
departure from links playing, but it is a great golf course, and there
are some subtle reminders. In and of itself, I think it is a really nice
setup. There are challenging parts, for sure, and the greens are
challenge. But yesterday, it was slopes of four, with a pretty good
speed. I remember one year you came to Royal Birkdale and you said that
you instantly felt an affinity with the course which translated into the
win itself, which was your first Major on the LPGA Tour. Do you get
the same vibes about a course like Woburn this time? I think it is a
slower growing love but I am getting there now and I have an appreciation
for the course. I know it is a shorter setup, shorter than any of
the Major events on the women's Tour, but in a strange way, is it
playing into the hands of the shorter hitters, and hampering the
longer hitters? You cannot overpower this course. I think that is true on
a link style golf course when it is set up properly. Whatever you're
doing well, you better do it are the best and if you do it better than
everyone else, you will win. There is a fairness there to the British
Open, and it always seems to hit the mark with that. Whether you are a
long hitter or a short hitter, whatever your specialty, whatever
you do best in your game, I think if you can do that well, you will win
on a Championship like this. You say you have been working hard on your
putting and we're going to show you a couple of putts, the first on the
15th. You hit a nice fairway wood interviewer. Something of a
speciality as those who have been following your career will
appreciate. Tell us about it. The wind started howling on this hole so
I had essentially my 4-iron, and 9-wood. The wind stopped for just
enough for me to hit it and not be affected too much. The rain came in
and out of the entire day. On the next hole, it started howling. And
this was a lovely finish on the 18th. It makes lunch taste better
when you finish one of these. A good moment, going into the weekend. You
can really see the slope. I know it is a shorter golf course but it is
no pushover. When you look back on your achievements, I know you missed
the cut on the defence of your Championship performance last year,
in no small measure due to a pretty severe wrist injury that you
suffered, and you still wear a splint on your left hand. I do. How
much is that hindered your career so far? It happened in the Sunday after
I won the Joffe and I was in contention again, and then I felt a
sharp pain on the last hole. -- won the trophy. From there, it was a
month before I figured out what it was and then it was four months
until I could open a bottle of water. The timing was not ideal but
I am happy that I have gotten to a place where I can play again. I have
had to change my grip so I can play again, but eight months after, I was
feeling good. I went from a long thumb to a short thumb on the grip.
I have been consistent since then. Ball striking has been really good.
I am thankful that I am happy. And as a person who have achieved a
lifetime ambition of a golfing career, how long does it take for
that to settle in, that it is not enough and you want more? When did
it kick in? I think any competitive person is not really going to rest
on their laurels. When I am ready to do that, when anybody is ready to do
that, then it is time to do something else. I am still hungry
for more, working to improve. I am still here to improve and get
better. It is great to see you hanging around the top of the
leaderboard once again. We get interesting vibes when you start to
do that. Keep up the good work. Thank you. I appreciated. Let's take
a check on the leaderboard. Mo Martin is ready to watch the
afternoon's golf, as are we. This is the live situation. As you can see,
it is the likes of Beatriz Recari making good progress, and Ariya
Jutanugarn, who made a spectacular round yesterday, plotting away
around the course successfully. And there is Katrina Matthew, at the
tender age of 46, 21 years on the LPGA Tour, right there once again.
Let's head out to Ariya Jutanugarn. Nicely controlled. So smooth
yesterday, relatively untroubled throughout. You can see that her
playing partner has run through the fairway. A bit of a downslope here.
It looks to be lying OK. It certainly does. It is in the lap of
the Gods there but she got away with that one. Beautifully scenic hole
405 yards. For most players now it is usually just a 3-wood or a 5-wood
down to that launch pad. Stacy Lewis had a couple of bumps, that is why
she has come so far down the slope. Lying little down on the grasp of no
problem at all. Just some sort of three quarters, pictured left of the
flag and it will gather up. She has got to land it far on the green and
then run out. Coming off the back of a couple of bogeys. The seventh was
costly. Most people picking up shots there. She dropped a shot on the
par-3 8th as well. And you can see how much her feet are above the
bowl. That will naturally make your swing more upright because you are
bent over a little bit more. Not a lot of extra moving parts,
economic goal movement. Good contact. And great balance.
Off to the tenth tee and Brooke Henderson.
A familiar swing. Quick to pick up the tee. A little skip off aid of
it. Just caught the outside edge and settles down. Her sister on the bag.
A good player herself. Catriona Matthew is bringing up the golf
course. Four birdies so far today. She is 6-under. Leaving there as if
she was going to lose it to the right. There are bunkers to be
carried, which she has done perfectly well. She has a lot on her
plate, about to move back into a newly referred house on Thursday. --
newly refurbished house. This is Azahara Munoz. The Spaniard happy
with her work. Playing alongside Brooke Henderson
and Anna Nordqvist. All three are under-par. If you carry the bag, I
will carry this small piece of fruit. The division of labour is
cruel. Putting from the front of the ninth
green. A diminutive figure. Beautiful line. She could've done
with another ounce. She is at plus two. She is going to have
to pick up a couple of birdies somewhere on the back nine to be
around for the weekend. It was always going to be tricky for Stacy
Lewis, hanging down the slope with a tight lie. Difficult to stop it
going too far. Beyond the flag, it is quite quick. Moving quickly from
right to left. When she was at the zenith of her game, she was one of
these players where you thought, how is she going so well? Everything was
very sound, with no weaknesses. Just a little bit of an over read by
Lewis. She is getting married a week tomorrow, she wants to do the
wedding out of the way. I do not know many brides to be who use that
phrase. How romantic (!) Just get it done, all right?
A big first bounce and it grabbed very quickly.
It's one of these putts, so easy to see it's left to right. It's a
little downhill, but picking the precise line is not easy.
Beautiful putt there. Another birdie goes on the card. When she won those
three tournaments in the month of May, she was a combined 43 under
par. A little bit of a you as she hit
that. You can see why. Very good run up to the turn, buried the seventh,
eighth and nine the American. Lewis to finish off for par. Out in
37, an untidy end to the front nine. Dropped shots at seven and eight.
Henderson, if virtual reality is to be believed, is some unpleasantness
at the bottom of that tree. We'll see how it's lying in a moment.
First, though, Munoz. "Stay," she said. Are you stupid.
Self-reproach is often the place that golfers are found.
Both Spaniards speaking to their golf balls and themselves in
English. Back to Nordqvist. Just missed out
in a play-off for the u women's Open recently. Rips that one in. One
under for her round today and for the Championship. She was deemed to
have grounded her club in a bunker with that play-off. It was the
merest grain of sand she touched. The rules are the rules, two-shot
penalty and lost her chance there. Henderson seems to be lying OK. I
don't know if the canopy of the trees will affect the trajectory of
her shot at all. Slightly low, punchy one out there. That's fizzed
off. Catriona Matthew putting together a
nice round. Doing things differently, yesterday she struggled
in the outward nine. Going out well today. Yani Tseng has picked up a
couple today to go to five under. Stacy Lewis is just slipping back,
back to that group on four under par. Further down, a nice battle for
the silver aller, for the -- salver, for the leading amateur.
Law law law playing with some borrowed clubs, Bronte Law playing
with some borrowed clubs, after her own were lost with an airline,
temporarily, she has them back for this week.
Hen tore son has just got to skirt along the side of a little valley
here. You can see Munoz standing down in that depression there.
Hen tore son has to play the first section -- Henderson has to play the
first part of the shot, keeping it a bit right.
Wasn't really struck with great conviction. A bit of grass caught up
between the blade and golf ball there deadened the blow.
Catriona Matthew, her third to the par five 11th.
Nice bit of spin and another birdie opportunity. Here's Munoz. Get in
she says, oh, it nearly obeyed. Beautiful shot. Lots of option
there's. She could have killed it slightly on the slope. She chose to
take the aerial route. Beautiful played. -- beautifully played.
That's well rescued. That keeps her at five under par.
Very much a player who thrives on confidence. If she loses her
confidence, she makes errors. When she's got it going, she can really
go low. But may just escape with a par or
better. Better, better, better - in it goes! Just your standard birdie.
Oh, what a shot from Kim. A little run of celebration. This is using
the contours. Yeah, actually it didn't look to me as if it was ever
going to quite make it. A couple of nice, soft bounces. Off the slope
and now it's just tiptoeing in. She's still going. Oh, she's
stopped. No, starting again. There we go.
Little bit more? No. Tired now. Anna Nordqvist, beautiful second
shot in there. Over the years that Anna has been
competing on the LPGA, which is some seven years now, this has been one
of the most solid parts of her game. She makes up her mind and then she's
absolutely ruthless with the execution. She doesn't allow time
for self-doubt. She doesn't let me down. Beautiful
birdie there by Nordqvist. Two under par, slightly pedestrian 72 for her
yesterday. Catriona Matthew, right to left on this one for her birdie.
Oh, judge today beautifully. Birdie number five in the round for
Catriona Matthew, no dropped shots. Up to seven under par. Leading the
home challenge. First off the tee yesterday morning.
That one slips by. Good view there of the tenth. After
playing the front nine, which has several sweeping dog legs, get to
the back nine and the holes appear to be a little bit more straight
away. This is certainly a straight one and
definitely a birdie opportunity if you can find the fairway off the
tee. 124 yards left for Jutanugarn. Pin in a very accessible spot, at
the centre of the green at the front. If you put the spin on it,
it's a matter of how much it spins back. You don't want to go past it,
because it leaves a downhill frer there. It's suddenly gone a little
bit dank and humid. A driver off the tee for Stacy
Lewis. Just an iron for Jutanugarn. This is a good angle to the flag,
115. Plays a hair uphill, but only two, three yards uphill. Shouldn't
make any difference, just a short iron.
I think we're beginning to see some of Stacy Lewis getting back to her
best. Won this Championship in 2013 and with that win she completed a
glorious ten months in which she had seven victories. There's been a
little bit a dirth over the last couple of years. This tee shot has
taken a mighty hard bounce. She will have to chase from underneath. Just
over 100 yards left, a little, hookie one.
She's battling with the cut mark, outside it at the moment, the
projected cut mark. We can clear up that shot we saw finding the hole
from 150 yards from Kim was for an eagle, not birdie. She hadn't been
in trouble on that hole. So an eagle all the better. Marion Ricordeau. --
Beatrice Ricari remains at seven under.
Laura Davis took eight here, Alison Lee took seven.
That is safely down the prepared surface.
It's hotting up, good scoring this afternoon as well from Jutanugarn
and Ricari. Some players just starting their
afternoon rounds, their second rounds, rather.
Not the greatest of lies here. Just a matter of popping it on the end to
get it to sit down, not go chasing by.
Interesting practice swing Eric long way up -- swing, a long way up the
shaft. Maybe she's going to bump it up the bank. It runs away the last
couple of yards. Well, we saw Munoz play from that
side a moment ago. Put it stone dead. Pretty much the same here for
Jutanugarn. The greens here tend to shed the golf ball quite a lot.
They're not really gathering. A lot of interesting depressions and
valleys of sin littered about, just testing the short game of these
players. Very pleasant out there now.
Fierce showers this morning. Then the wind picked up a little bit. A
chance for the afternoon players. I've got my water proof jacket on
and I'm certainly sweating up in the corner here a bit. Suddenly the sun
comes out, it's very, very pleasant. Ideal golfing conditions beautiful
supported. Big crowds out this afternoon. Always well supported at
Woburn. This seems to tilt left to right. The way the ball is parked it
looks like it's going the other way. It's easy to see when it's downhill,
but it's pretty near dead straight. Kim after that glorious two. Rookie
of the Year last year on the LPGA, she's won twice out in America
already. Another good swing, Maureen. You don't see many quirky
swings these days with the women or the men. They're trained
beautifully. That was a super swing - compact, solid, delight to watch.
Absolute delight. As Ken was saying, we've had a bit of all sorts as for
as the weather's concerned today, from balaclavas to bikinis in the
space of two minutes. Stacy Lewis. If you're going to
leave yourself 11 foot birdie chance, this is the one, up the
hill. Looks good, Ken. Yes, all the way, sweet as a nut.
But only par today. She remains five under.
Recari on the par three 14th. 183 yards.
Flag just over on the right-hand side.
Trying to feed it in. Green tilted a little bit left to right, so that's
helping her. That's going to be quite severely downhill. Yes, a long
putt from there. Here's Catriona Matthew. What a star she's been for
many years now. Seven under par, second shot at the 12th.
Played from the island between the ponds and look at that for a result.
APPLAUSE Such a gentle, sweet player. Never
flustered, never angry. Jutanugarn in for a four on the
tenth. Eight under, lurking ominously I would say. A player of
immense talent. They have a splendid view of the acres of the course.
Three courses here at row burn. I did say this morning, when we had
pictures of the abbey, where was Mrs Moss, that lovely statue of the
Duchess' horse that was so successful years ago. Well, I seem
to remember it was nearer the abbey. But it's down by the water. Mrs Moss
is still there. She's not residing in New Zealand with the Dowager
Duchess. All is shining here on the Marquess course. Played in the right
spirit. Nothing wrong at all with this day here at row burn.
-- Woburn. Impressive scores by the amateurs going through there. Leona
Maguire we saw finish earlier. Law is three under with three holes to
play. Bronte came through final qualifying on Monday with a borrowed
set of clubs. Managed to shoot five under. She was on her way home from
her successful victory in the European amateur. Here you get
another example. We keep banging on about it, but how long it takes to
decide a little pitch of 50, 80, 100 yards, whatever it is. You don't
have to consult the oracle and four Bibles and the Koran to know what to
hit onto this green. That's the way it is played now.
Unless the players change, it will never change. Talk about penalties
and times and money. It doesn't make the slightest bit of difference.
They have got to decide, look, we can do better than this. We can all
save a minute or two a hole. Sounds simple. Look at the way - this all
goes on and on and on and on and on. Now I shall shut up and go and lie
down in a darkened room! That would be no fun, Peter.
Azahara Munoz, let's make it well worth the wait. Oh, unlucky. At one
point that golf ball was within 12 inches of the hole. But fine shot,
well played. Everything got except the result.
Now here she comes. Nordqvist. 93 yards. Play it gently. Not too
sharp. Oh, good spin as well. It's all in the lap of the gods. There
you are, you see. Peter, when you were playing in
pitch shots, did you always have a yardage in mind? Or purely eye
balling it and going by the look? Till Jack Nicklaus came along and
Phil Rogers, there was an amateur called Gene Andrews who started
pacing it out. Ashleigh Simon birdie putt. Simon in the midst of a very
good round. You learned to do it by eye and some players were wonderful
at it. But they were just as good judging distance 50 years ago as
they are today. There you see the full width of the 14th glean. --
green. Quite a conundrum facing Beatriz Recari. She is a good
putter. Now just have a look at where she's aiming. Very nearly off
the green. It will be a great effort if she can get down in two. Huge
slope and very fast. She's almost putting to the edge, maybe even off
the green. She's got to hit it high enough and hard enough and it will
almost come down sideways at the end.
Not a bad effort, but you see she's 12 feet away. She almost couldn't
get it high enough there, Peter, really. Very difficult. Very, very
difficult. Great approach in. And another one.
That's her seventh birdie of the day. Very tidy golf.
It's really not happened for her thus far in the Championship.
A shot like this holed can just set you alight.
Nice birdie. In the as difficult as Recari's
putt, this. She's still got to negotiate the huge, downward slope.
Go says the caddy. It's not going to go. That's a tricky one left too.
Big swinger, left to right. Just running out the steam. She hit
a lot of good shots on that hole, but it's only a par, though.
Won on her professional debut in Madrid in 2009. She's continued to
carve out a very good career for herself since.
Nordqvist, birdied the last. Oh, no that's a bit a wide. -- of a wide.
Anna's got her mental skills coach with her here this week.
Feng was out first this morning. The scoring is very good indeed. Mixed
bag of weather, but nothing too severe. A shortened course, in
excellent condition. Top players. Feast of good golf.
That little putt needed a lot of respect, which she duly gave it.
In September, the seniors are coming here to play at the Duke's course,
one of the first that was built here at the estate at Woburn. That will
be worth coming to watch. Similar course, but slightly
different in character. The goal here is to put your tee
shot somewhere between 220, 250 yards out into that island fairway.
That's fine. Almost like playing two par threes in a way. None of the
players just taking the double carry. Maybe if they moved the tees
up a bit, they'll be a little tempted.
AJ has a cut at it. She's worried. She's concerned. Nestles in the
shortish grass. Tricky shot left, not impossible, but tricky.
Tremendously long hitter. I think she's carrying a two iron this week,
the only other player this week carrying a two iron is Laura.
Strong, very stable lower half. Look at that turn there holding the club
back, boom, applies the club head, turn it over a whisker. You've got
to be a good player to be two irons, one irons, like old converted bread
irons, so straight with the face. A goal hole, this. This is the swing
that has produced five tournament wins in the last two years alone. No
matter what the swing looks like, there has got to be a good mind to
go with that. Stacy Lewis, a good drive, a good
second. When it is virtually pin high, you can tell how far Stacy
Lewis is, a much more of a placement player. The pin is in a nice little
hollow in the green, which is quite enticing. Funnily enough, the wind
is puffing against at the moment. -- against her at the moment. Then the
shaft, trying to put a little bit of top spin on it.
She looks a little puzzled. The ball has finished in shadow, and she has
no idea where that is what relation to the flag. We dropped back to the
15th tee for Recari, straight off the top of the peg. Away she goes.
Not much bounce, slightly into the hill. And here is a look at Bronte
Law on the 17th. She got herself to 4-under. 2-under four around today.
She was the winner of the award goes to the top college player in
America, the young Englishwoman has had a tremendous season. -- 2-under
four around today. Not far off the water. You can see from high how
pretty it is. When the men play here, they move the tee forward
putting it within reach, but it is a dangerous shot to have a cut of the
green from way back. You have to carry it about 270. Anna Nordqvist's
second shot. It's fun to watch how, I would say
aggressive, but the different form of golf now, for the women and many
of the men over the last 40 or 50 years, they have changed the
clubhead speed, to zip into the ball in a different way. A hundred years
ago, everyone had to swing the club wide and slow, with the old hickory
shafted clubs. Now it is much more hands, whipping the club had. --
clubhead. Quick speeds. Like that. That was too quick. You have to
close the face down. Long and left. Ariya Jutanugarn's short, it looks
like she will play this like a bunker shot. Remaining flat-footed.
A wonderful golf shot. That is just an absolute joy. It was not nearly
as easy as she made it look. Good rhythm, good length of swing. Plenty
of loft. The clubhead under the ball. Did not hit through that one
too fast. The ball travelled slowly and landed gently. Did not need any
backspin on that. Now, a second shot from close range for Azahara Munoz.
This should not be more than ten feet from the hole at worst. A
little bit of a ridge could help her get the ball to the whole. A little
bit fiery. Not bad. More difficult coming in from 50 yards than 80. It
depends on your touch, Maureen. Some people, like my dear old friend Ken
Bowser, he swung the club so slowly, you have to get the ball to land at
a different speed. It is a lost art. Just nicking the flag. I thought I
heard it touch the side of the flagstick. Do you think landing the
ball at a different speed is a lost art because of the equipment?
Probably. You do not have to think so much now. A lot of the skills
have gone out of many of the things, whether it is cooking, driving a
car, gardening. You had to do things differently because tools have
become more sophisticated. It has become easier. Ariya Jutanugarn has
a great opportunity to move to 9-under. Shouldn't really be
anything in this one. Per head is still, focused. And there we go. --
her head is still. 9-under par. She looks very cool and confident. It is
a joy to watch. Now that has nestled down a little bit. A poor second
shot into this 12th green from Anderson. She has some work cut out
now to get down in two. -- for Henderson.
She really could not do much from that point. Then the stake was all
in the second. -- the error was all in the second. Matthew for birdie at
the 13th. Vista go to 9-under. A firm putt upper left side. But the
scores are being made with no sweat at all, no anxiety. Down the
fairway, on the green, steady play. Good scoring. Ashleigh Simon, the
home green. It is going to come back now. It has got to come back. That
was trying. Stacy Lewis at 12. 200 yards to
clear the water. Just over 262 run to the end of the fairway.
Fortunately, it is pretty soft although I think it will be
troublesome to find the fairway. She doesn't like it. Sitcom set, set...
It is the only wet bit of the course. -- sit, sit, sit. I don't
think I have seen a lady hit more powerfully than this since Laura
Davies in her heyday. Amazing how hard she gets it. Regularly hitting
195 yards. That is Luke Donald's distance. Very impressive. She has a
long iron here. Maureen was saying, she carries a 2-iron. It is a lost
art, backing a 2-iron. -- lacking. She is a sturdy lass.
This would be a huge mental lift for Henderson if she could get out of
this with a par-4. Very indifferent play after the tee shot. That is
going to be two dropped shots in the last three holes. She had to regroup
now and get some red numbers on the card before she finishes off. This
is Ashleigh Simon, this 468. -- for 68. A very fine player indeed with a
couple of wins under her belt in her professional career. Good to see her
back at this kind of form. Minos for birdie at the 12th. --
Munoz. HAZEL IRVINE: Having followed up
that round of 62 with 61, the field is gaining. They are bunching at the
top. Ariya Jutanugarn is making gains. Mo Martin, we have already
had a chat with her today and Catriona Matthew, great playing from
the 46-year-old, recently given a lifetime achievement award at the
golf awards in March. The first woman to do so. -- Scottish golf
awards. So many achievements to name, recently named the vice
captain to Alnwick and Soren Steyn at the next Solheim Cup. The latest
in a lot of achievements for her. Great to see her doing well. I'm
sure that will be cheered across the country. Charley Hull, 5-under, and
another Briton doing extremely well in this Championship so far. Bronte
Law, further down, 2-under, for 1-under for the Championship, just
about to finish her campaign for the day. She will certainly be in the
reckoning for the leading amateur. As will Maria para from Spain. --
Maria Parra. A number of the amateurs will have to fight it out
over the weekend. It will be an exciting finish for the amateur
contest, and as we saw with Paul Dunham, leading amateur are getting
closer to the top all the time. Recari, the last of the par-5s on
the Marquess Course. Great distance control. That is the 12th. An
island, and then over the water again. But what goes pretty well
around the backside. It is very attractive. -- the water goes pretty
well. Pretty fun, as long as you do not go in the water. Stacy Lewis
going first. The breeze does not make things easier. 84 yards. The
pin is 9-over the water. You have to flirt with the front of the green if
you're going to get close. That side of the fairway is firmer.
It is a little easier, a bit soggy in places. If you could aim this
left, in line with the bunker behind, if you get lucky, it can
kick down towards the flag. But you have a little more room if you go
left. It is certainly a possibility. She went straight at it, and
straight through. Almost inevitable. You have to pitch the ball at the
green if you're going straight at it. And here is someone who might be
able to put a bit of zip on it. Jutanugarn really does hit it hard.
She can put a bit more backspin on it. It is a little soggy.
She certainly hit it well. Third bounce. OK.
As you can see from the boards behind, 107 yards. A slight dogleg
right to left. She has pulled that into the elbow but it is binding on.
I expect that there will be one of your trees down there to irritate
her. They spring up overnight. Lots of looks. Recari's great year
was in 2013. She won twice in America that year. Played in the
Solheim Cup at Colorado. The first Solheim Cup team to win away from
home. That was a dismal one. That is what
she thinks. It really was a dismal putt.
Back to the 14th and Catriona Matthew. The green sits at you here.
All that calls for is a straight shot. That is the way to do it. Very
tidy. Sei Young Kim, yet another birdie
opportunity. And it is easy, she was almost on the walk before the ball
had got to the hole. Her six at 11 looks out of character in that nice
run of figures. And this is Bronte Law.
Well done. The leading amateur at the moment. Reunited with her clubs
earlier in the week. And a solid performance from the young Cheshire
girl. What a gem. Christy O'Connor, my
dear friend who passed away recently, he was a genius from shots
around the green. American style chipping around the green, an
absolute master. There we see it, the scores are beginning to pack up
a little bit. There is no runaway leader with a four or five shot
lead, they are all crowding around. Within four or five shot to the
worst. And that shows you the little right to left the band on the 13th
hole. It remains to be seen if Munoz will have a clear view. This is
Nordqvist. The ball is nestled down a little
bit but it came out quickly. That will scuttle through. Not bad.
Back to the 12th. A bit of weights to hit her second shot the water.
She had to drop back. -- a bit of a wait. A lot of walking about, can.
There has been plenty of walking about. Walking around, trying to
suss out the break. Throughout the beads and hope for the best. But
have you seen those green plans? It is an absolutely amazing thing. You
would have to be a genius to read them. Plans of the greens with very
detailed contours and lines. It helps you, in theory, to a hole more
putts. It is likeable by telephone. If you know how to use it, it is
wonderful but you need a Professor 's degree and 14 A-levels before you
know how to switch one on. We have been looking and talking
about the amateurs and here is a look at what they are doing. Some
fabulous scores. Four of them under-par, Bronte Law leading the
4-under. And she has a word with Hazel. There is the scorecard. Look
at that. A strong player, Bronte Law. Bronte Law, two rounds of 70
and the leading amateur in the clubhouse. How is your campaign
going so far? I would say it is going very well. I am happy with the
way I played today. I started off nicely and I had a couple of bogeys
in between but I managed to keep calm, and we finished strong. I am
very happy with those two rounds. Always good to have your dad on the
bag. This is all the more remarkable because you are not even playing
with your own clubs. What is going on? My clubs are somewhere from
Sweden to hear, they got lost when I was playing in the European amateur
event. Qualifying, I had to borrow clubs from my coach. Still playing
with the borrowed clubs. You have achieved a lot with that because not
only did you shoot a 5-under par round to qualify, here you are now,
and this is an extraordinary summer. Spilling your blushes, you won the
European amateur last week and also five points out of five on the
Curtis cup. This has been a great run of form. Has it been coming? Why
has it been building so beautifully for you? Having a really good summer
in America, and winning that award, then coming back, winning the
European, the Curtis Cup, that was an incredible achievement, and in
the European team Championships, for the first time in 23 years with the
England team, and then to win the European individual, and now this,
I'm just riding the waves, really. There are four of you really in the
thick of things for the Smyth Salver, how meaningful atrophy would
that be for you this weekend? Absolutely. That would just be the
icing on top of a very big cake that I am enjoying right now. But for me,
just going into tomorrow, I'm going to keep playing my game, tried to
work my way up the leaderboard. Well, keep going. Thank you very
much. Back to the 12th and due to the
garden. -- and Jutanugarn. Fired her second a little bit beyond the flag.
This to get within one of the lead. She was after it very quickly. We
still have Mirim Lee out in front. As Peter was saying, no big leagues.
The chasers are tightly bunched. As we look at Munoz. Trying to
negotiate its way around the tree, using the slope. Keep moving.
What a recovery that is. And it has not stopped. What a shot from Munoz.
What a good shot, says somebody, and they are right.
Recari to tidy things up on 15. And she does.
Due to Agana stays on 9-under alongside Catriona Matthew. --
Jutanugarn stays on 9-under. Two behind Mirim Lee. Catriona Matthew
on the prowl for a birdie. Successfully. Successfully. Now
dropped shots today. Can't up those birdies, seven birdies. Catriona
Matthew moves to 9-under par, two off the lead. And after that amazing
second shot from Munoz, an unlikely birdie, perhaps. You can see the
slope that leads down to this hole. It has carried it beyond.
The jazzy shoes of Brooke Henderson, but the putt slips past. The
Canadian just not firing on all cylinders. She is back to 1-under.
Back to Stacy Lewis on the tee. That was unlucky, just stunned into
that little slope. It took any run out of it. She could have had an
extra 40 yards. The flag on 16 is only four from the right edge of the
green. Teasing the players over to that side. Defending the flag
position. It does not look like she is overly pleased. And that is why.
If you go with an iron for accuracy, you can get away with it. It was not
the sweetest strike. Sweeps round to the left. Should be OK there.
Munoz and obviously Mark Kerr ball to the side. -- had obviously marked
her ball to the side for Henderson's putt. So she will be replacing.
Remember, she was in a little bit of trouble off the tee, and had a
miraculous second shot. She did not manage to take advantage of it.
Straw is that one in, so that is par and after the tee shot, she would
have settled for that. 5-under in total, 1-under today.
She has won five times in the last 18 months since joining the LG PGA
Tour. Helen Alfredsson has joined us once
again. Hello there. They have got the best of both
worlds fair. They are all in short sleeves now. Just enjoy it. She
needs to get something going here. If she wants to be part of a
weekend. At a very awkward in to get out of this one, too. This could be
fantastic. Get over the Little rich. What are the one and all the way
down. We have some great shots here and another one. It is a very
friendly. Position if you know what you are doing. That is what can
happen. But she needs at least two of those, perhaps three or four.
Yes, the cut will be either even part or 1-over. It seems to go
between the two. It is even again. We will not know until the very end.
I've got a question for you Helen. Have you ever played with a lady
golfer who hits a further than Jutanugarn? I did play with Laura a
lot and she hit very, very long, but I don't know in comparison with
regards to distance. When she was at her best, she was very long. There
was not a par-5 insight for her. That makes a big difference.
Jutanugarn able to breathe. She is none too pleased with her second.
That can't be anything more than a 7-iron. Blairites say and eight? It
can't be. -- dare I say and eight? It just keeps on going though. Looks
good for a moment and kept going. An uphill birdie putt. If she can get
out there, she will get it out. We go to Beatriz Recari.
She will have been expecting better from that. It was lying nicely this
is the difficult 14th. Par-3. You want to hit it somewhere in the
green and get out of there. A very difficult hole.
She just allowed a fraction too much and look at that one move on. We can
see a difference from the morning to the afternoon. This morning, we
hardly ever saw putts go past. You can see the greens are rolling a lot
better this afternoon. I'm determined to learn a word of
Swedish as well. I'm going to take advantage of that to help me out on
future trips to stop coal. I'll decide what that word or phrase will
be shortly. And depending what you want to use it for? Not for another
various purposes -- not for nefarious purposes. Just for the
golf course? I have a whole lot of phrases. I know that about you.
There is a bit of a tussle developing for the leading amateur.
I didn't know that Bronte Law still had borrowed clubs. I thought they
had been tracked down but they are still missing somewhere in Western
Europe. She came through qualifying nearby at a lovely golf course.
There is Stacy Lewis sizing things up. She was a little bit unfortunate
-- it was a little bit unfortunate, I think, for those who came out this
morning. 65 and ties make it through. Those on 1-over par shown
here. They have all finished their round, so no chance for an
improvement. There is a tremendous amount of analysis going on here.
But this is an Augusta type part. Uphill, over the bank and down the
other side. Eight feet, maybe a little more. You've just got to
guide it in there. It's difficult though, Kent, isn't it, because we
have seen holes -- parts rolling past. You do not want to leave
yourself a three footer. Anything inside a club length is a beauty.
This possibly has two slow down. It was picking up the pace. They are
the tough once, when you need to pick up the pace and then it has to
go down a hill. It is difficult. This is Recari for par-mac.
That is a robbery right there. That was a very good putt. It was a very
good putt. This will be one of the slowest
parts that she's had today -- this will be one of the slowest putts 's
matches had today. It almost looks like she has a smirk of a smile
going. I still like the way she putts. She
does it with firmness which makes it easier. She does not have to borrow
as much like some of the other players.
You can see the depth of the bunker here.
That is not too bad from there. Just beginning to tail away. Again, a
very loose tee shot. Yes, nothing to it. A nice save from
Sei Young Kim. Lewis can be firm and is. That was
running very truly and had a little hop. That was a much better/. I
think yesterday, she wasn't batting with much confidence. She never got
it going very nicely but that was a very nice putt. We'll see if Recari
can tap in for her bogey. Well, with the way that came around, she parted
with the same mind. She is not part of the Spanish continue --
contingent for the Olympics. Munoz is.
And he is Munoz. -- here is. Can you give us some Swedish commentary
here, Helen? So you wanted in Swedish? Yes, why not?
I agreed with most of what you said there. I hope so. There were no bad
words in there. That has got me into trouble before. They are taking
their time looking down from on high. The constant sound you can
hear is the helicopter or playing providing us with this wonderful
shots. Brooke Anderson, it is not quite happening for her today. After
she won the PGA, this has a similar look and feel to it. She even said
in interviews that she really loved this golf course when she first came
but sometimes you don't find the game anyway. We go to Sei Young Kim
at the allotment holder. The 17th today playing one for four. --
playing 144. Such an impressive player. Just come on Tour and she
has one five events. She is fourth on the Order of Merit over on the
LGPL at the moment. Katrina Matthew is just placing the
ball exactly where she wants to at the moment. She is making her way
around the case so well. Her eye has been brilliant. She is taking a lot
of her chances to -- she is taking a lot of her
chances to make birdies. We are seeing if Recari can find the pin,
as it even -- feeds around to the whole.
She is telling it to sit. She may be over clubbed it there. It looks good
looking at it from on high again and there are a lot of and relations
there. -- undulations there. Back to another par-3. This is the 14th. It
is a difficult one. She is going with the five IM, got to play left
of the flag. A bit of cut spin on it. A very shallow bit of green
where it is cut. If it goes past, it will go 15 paces wide. She just
stayed out of the sand actually. I'm not sure if that's... Very awkward
sand. She might just get away with it. The first three yards you land
on the green, keeping of this downslope. The perfect shot is to
aim at the centre of the green where the TV tower is and the slope will
take you around them, meaning you hit the widest part of the green,
taking the bunker out of play. That is not cutting. Trying to. Good
for distance. Just about exactly where she was aiming. She just got a
slightly softer bounce and she anticipated. You have got to land
this on an area of about four by four yards if you are heading to the
flag. You have got to land softly. The harder you can hit it, the more
spin you can put behind it. Yikes, where is this off to? It just
came off a little bit. Well, Catriona Matthew here on ten
for a birdie. A little bit up. Needs to get it going. A nice pace but she
needed to get a little bit more. She's been named as one of Anna
Caserta stunt's five tense for the Solheim cup next year and you
suspect that you might be the captain at Gleneagles their next
time. Absolutely, but I think if she continues to play this way, I would
rather see her on the European team. Exactly. It will be an interesting
one. Well, if I was a captain when she was playing, I would pick her on
my team any day of the week. She is consistent, never complains, she
goes out and does her job. I really enjoy her playing. Especially when
you will have some young players who are not quite used to it and need a
steadying hand. Much like you were saying yesterday, don't be all about
the situation the players are facing. A steadying hand like a true
-- like Catriona Matthew out on the course would be helpful. She is such
a strong player, there, fighting, and she would be great for some of
the younger players on the team. There is a lot of movement and pace
on this one. Perhaps not quite as much as she thought.
A long, long par-5. The longest on the course. Back to Beatriz Recari
who looks slightly like she's in slow motion. He we go. This is Sei
Young Kim. She kind of got a little kick after that shot in when she
hold for the Eagle. If she got this, it would be a nice one for her as
well. That is pretty nice for pace, to
leave yourself the slight uphill coming back. A big, big Green on
this par-3 and Jutanugarn didn't strike it cleanly. This has a big
swing on it left to right as it is dying. You will want to get swing on
it going down the slope. Just visualise it. Where is the high
point? Where do you want to roll it to? There is a great view of the
break there. You can see the angle. Her older sister was going very well
but she has just double bogeyed and is now 1-under for the Championship.
The first bit is up the hill for the first 12 feet and then you are
sliding down across it. What an effort. Great speed. Again,
a great read. I always find that funny when you play in programmes.
You say, came up here, and they throw it about ten feet by and you
say, no, it didn't break at all. It's very important to have the pace
and the line together. That was the Catriona Matthew to tidy up and
continue her amazing round. She is 7-under. Again, when she is playing
well, she looks so untroubled. We had back to Stacy Lewis who will
have some idea from Jutanugarn there. I think it is not easy to get
the line right here. It could fall away if you are at all ambitious.
That is pretty good as well. You just feel these parts. -- this
putts. It turned around quite well after
bogeys at the 7th and eighth. She has steadied things. 1-under for her
round today. This is another pretty tricky one. Aim way left. Pace is
important on this putt. She never really got it out high enough or
harder. From the other side, she needs to
hold this, otherwise her weekend will be curtailed. No, thinking
about her seat for the playing home. -- for the playing home.
No, she left that out of it. You have to be firm uphill. Back-to-back
dropped shots therefore Beatriz Recari.
A quick check of the leaderboard and you can see it is Catriona Matthew
who they have been talking about in such glowing times than no wonder,
it has been the round of the day. She has nine top five finishes in
all of these Majors over the years, it is a pride thing she has not won
more. Charley Hull in with that round of 70, 5-under par. Some six
shots back now. Amongst those still out on the course, you have got the
likes of Alena Sharp of Canada. She will be playing alongside Brooke
Anderson at the Olympic Games. Canadians bought doing very well at
the moment with Milos Raonic doing so well at Wimbledon a couple of
weeks ago. -- Canadian sport doing very well. This would be fairly
simple if she could wrap up the hill. She just saw Recari so she
knows she had to hit it. It took a big bounce but it still went in.
This is Munoz's third shot on the par-5.
She is calling it to sit. Not too bad. A chance for a birdie.
A nice round going for her without being spectacular.
Not the greatest shot, I don't think, but she got it. Let's have a
look at Sei Young Kim on the final hole. There is a bunker about 230
down the left but I think it's gone the other way. Did she get away with
that? Clattered into the trees and out onto the fairway. No problem. It
is one of those days, I think, for her. It is always nice to just say
thank you and move on. Brook M. Hendersen, quite close to the green
here. That can sometimes be more difficult, the closer you get. She
has never met -- missed a cut in 11 appearances and shouldn't do. She is
inside it at the moment by a couple of shots. Sometimes it can be hard
to get the right spin on it when you are that close but she managed very
nicely. Very good. I said a couple of shots inside the cut. She is only
one inside as it stands. It is level par at the moment, where Lydia Ko
finished. Once two birdies of the last two holes.
Staring it down. Very nice. Dead centre has never been a bad place to
be. We are going to the Catriona Matthew out of position little bit
here at the 16th. The crowd seemed to like that. We will see. And yes,
they were right. She continues really with her standard of play. I
think the young girls should really watch her. She has never tinkered a
whole lot with her golf swing. She has just made small changes and has
been very, very steady leave the -- very steadily the last ten years.
Well, and needs to get a nice stroke on this, a little up and -- uphill
putt. Make sure you get it all the way there. You were telling her and
she will have been telling herself to get it there and somehow it
doesn't quite happen. Quite the leading suite for you. -- Swede for
you. How do you say thank you in Swedish? I think you know more than
you say you do. I will have to be careful.
ANDREW COTTER: That was just going to come round at the last - but it
wondered away in the other direction instead. And Maureen Medill is back
with us. MAUREEN MADILL: Did you sign up for
Swedish lessons when I was away, Andrew? Pleasant conditions out
there. I have just been out for a wander on the golf course. Nice and
cool. Very still. Recari was trying to squeeze one
last birdie out of this golf course. She will have her work cut out now
to get up and down in two. She has tiptoed over that right-hand
bunker. To go over the right-hand side is a much longer carry. As we
go to Henderson, with a piano for a four on the 15th. Has not look
comfortable on the greens today. Again, flirting with that cut line.
Has not missed a cut in 11 Major appearances. The afternoon starters
have really had the better of it. There was not too much wind, but
being in your waterproofs all the time brings plenty of difficulties.
Yani Tseng going well again today. Bronte Law, 70, leaving her very
well-placed indeed. That's splitting the middle of the
fairway. The fairway's reasonably generous here. Can Catriona Matthew
move to ten under? A lot of break in this one... Oh, not quite that much!
Another comfortable par, though. Two holes to go. Let's have a look at
this one with the tracer. Munoz. Bad leaf! How I hate you, foliage! She
can be a bit like Colin Montgomerie, whenever there is distractions going
on. Still a few spots of rain out there. That one just stuck in, a
long way behind Rob Henderson. -- Henderson.
KEN BROWN: The wind tends to swell. Picking it can be tricky. You need
to get the ball to stop pretty quickly.
What issue looking at here, Ken, feet above the ball a bit? This
should grab very quickly. Her hopes ending with those three
bogeys at the start of the back nine.
Jutanugam has left herself 56 yards, with the pin towards the back. This
is awkward. She has just about found an upslope, which makes it a bit
easier. These are the little finesse ones. Just a bit anxious, trying to
get it up and get it to stop. Well, that sounded heavy - and was.
Recari's difficult chip from the side at 18. Going the aerial route.
Softly, softly... Well, that was pretty well done, I have to say,
from there. Chance of saving par. The three tee-shots on the 16th.
Henderson, a long way past her playing partners.
I was out at the 17th just 20 minutes ago, and you could hear the
balls landing. Just firming up a bit. Sei Young Kim on her final
hole. This is awkward, because she's coming right along the ridge. Looks
to have judged it pretty well. Ken, you've watched Jutanugam. What
is the most impressive part of her game, in your opinion wanted no
doubt, I would say it is her power. Also, people say, because this is a
shortish course, it will suit the long hitters. But in fact, it can
suit those who hit a really good 2-iron. You can see her nickname
Britain on the golf ball there. It's what the other players call her. And
coincidentally, she won three tournaments in the month of May this
year. She should rapidly change her name to August!
Back to Recari on the final hole. Poor finish for her. She was flying
along, reached the turn at four under-par. And then, four bogeys in
the last five holes. This third shot just needed a little
bit and hopped over a little crest. Amazingly, it's a little uphill
before it hits the downhill patch. Just a par for Lewis. A little bit
of an untidy front nine. Started off the back nine with a couple of
birdies. Since then she has had a series of pars. She is in good
shape, within touching distance of the leaders.
Now, the final member of this troop, Ueda, in the middle of an untidy
spell, with four dropped shots in the last five holes. Well, that took
a dive across the hole. So, +5. Not looking too good for the weekend.
Back to the group of Brooke Henderson, Munoz and Nordqvist.
Staying resolutely at level par so far.
Catriona Matthew on the 17th. That needs to come round. Yes, that could
be a vicious putt for her. That will have a huge brake on it.
Munoz takes her time, and we welcome back Peter Alice.
PETER ALLISS: Thank you, Andrew. We are building up to a fine climax on
this second day. The weather is about to possibly change again, for
the umpteenth time. And that could be a good... Oh, I thought it was
just going to do it! There's a lot of players, Maureen,
on one over par. So if any slipping to be done, it could be a big
number, if the one over pars get in. But it could be right on the button,
at level par. Depends on these last eight or ten groups. Yes, and if you
think back, many hours ago, we saw a tiny putt missed on the last. It is
a long, long wait for those juicy they will be acquired for the
weekend. Henderson has been very tentative with her putts this
afternoon. And she's such an aggressive player, it is very, very
unlike her. She seems to have momentarily mislaid her touch. She
looks a bit out of sorts. When you're not working in threes and
fours every time, you get a little bit annoyed. She is a very fine
player. Try and enjoy it, I will my old dad used to say. Try and enjoy
it, calm down. Mirim Lee, still leading. She has been number top of
the leaderboard a long time. 62, 70 one - hardly consistent, but she's
top of the pile. Shanshan Feng, I fancy her chances, she looks ever
recall customer to me. But these other players might have something
to say about that. Tomorrow might be a bit iffy, weather-wise. Sunday
could be absolutely delightful. With the look of the timings, you could
go out early and be in the wind and rain, or ViceVersa. So there is a
lot of players in with a chance. But they need a couple of good rounds to
make any bold move from down the field. We have had good crowds for
the last two days, but the pot might boil over over the weekend!
I reckon Catriona Matthew would settle for two putts right this
second if you were to offer it to her.
That's just go no wonder a way. It is not bad, that's a pretty decent
effort. She's left it below the whole. Wonderfully judged for pace.
That was a very tricky one just Munoz, so nearly holed the first
one. Now, this is just inside the right, as she plays it.
Just right of centre, bit of pace... Beautifully done. One birdie, one
bogey today. The rest, all pars. Ueda behind the trees. Yet there she
might be clearer of the little one. Does two big ones in front might
cause her some aggravation. Yes, they are right in the way. If she
has got a good lie, she might be able to slide it round. Aim it at
that left-hand bunker. KEN BROWN: I think this is one of
those ones - let's have a go. She has got 165. I thought she would go
to the left of the week tree, but she's going to come the other side.
Not the greatest of lies, either. She's going up the right-hand side,
Ken? Oh, my good God. It might come off, you never know. It and pray.
Too late with the prayers, I fancy. Yes. Can't trust anybody these days.
But that was a bit ambitious. That was a female Seve shot if that had
come of - and it didn't. A bit too bold.
Stacy Lewis has got a very good angle to the flag.
Good shot there from Lewis. She won this championship a couple of years
back at St Andrews and she had that wonderful birdie-birdie finish in
dreadful conditions. She's a real streetfighter of a player. She just
loves the tussle. Always danger when she's lurking somewhere near the
leaders. Just waiting for the person who is going to empty the loos to go
by. With all the number ones and number twos insider! She smiles, and
thinks, I'm going to pop this very close to that pin.
Big yes,. Could have dragged it, maybe... Yes. A little bit clumsy,
just a touch. . Matthew, yet to drop a shot today.
Dead centre! Well done. She was a little anxious about -- anxious
there. No worse than a four at the last, and Catriona Matthew will be
off for a nice light supper, perhaps a glass of wine. Is that the
prescribed training mixture? Well, I don't think a glass of the liquid
ever hurt you. It is when you have a couple of bottles of it. It was
great when it was announced last week that had invited. Matthew to be
her vice-captain at the Solheim Cup next year. I said to her, but you
will be playing? She said, oh, yes, I intend to be playing. It is a good
move from Anneka, because she can be very intense, and I have never seen
Catriona Matthew anything other than calm.
This flag position should suit Munoz, who likes to move it from
right to left. This is what fascinates me. It's the
simplest of rules, that has been going... Ever since advertising
hoardings were put on golf courses. Is it in the rule book? Gee whizz! !
They obviously weren't listening to Mr Brown out there. Well, you
wouldn't want to drag that out of the ground and put it in again,
would you? Come on, folks! Well, they're movable. Are they?! Yes.
Wouldn't it be much simpler to move the ball? It's not going to make a
bit of difference, whether she is a foot away or a yard away. We are
doing our best to speed up the game. I notice Ken is not in there helping
do the heavy lifting. He's got more sense! What a lot of effort for such
a little thing. Yes, it wasn't clear. On the men's Tour, you can
move them out of the way. But this one look to bit more not for moving.
In fact it was easier than they thought. But as you say... Well,
this is another five minutes to put on the card. Would it really have
hurt to just move it to the side? Of course it wouldn't. She's still
thinking about it. I'm not sure whether I'm going to play this. I'm
only eight over par. Don't want to mess this one up. She's still
concerned that she's broken the rules. The saga will continue after
the interval. Meanwhile, we go to the 18th. And a 3-wood for Catriona
Matthew. Well done, the marshals giving it the down the middle
signal. What a great career she has enjoyed.
And still enjoying. And wonderful that she is off to the Olympics -
she's so excited about that. There is a view of the 17th green. She's
four under-par. If she holds her position, that will be a very nice
position to start the weekend in. All right, your seven behind, but
you're still in the hunt for a big prize.
Look where she is aiming this one - way out to the right. Not hard
enough, not high enough. That has dribbled on that awkward distance.
Just a bit too wide, Ken, wasn't it? The idea was good.
Come on, Laura. Let's go out in a blaze of glory. Not enough,
surely... No, she's after it. Popular player, takes great
galleries with her wherever she goes. But unfortunately we won't be
seeing her at the weekend. Oh, she's had a wonderful career. She's been a
great asset to golf. Surrey golf, a great Surrey stalwart. I said this
morning that Mrs Moss, the statue, was missing. There she is. I did not
realise she was quite so close to the lake. I didn't realise Mrs Moss
was a horse of! Oh, yes, Mrs Moss was one of the best racehorses she
has ever had. Henrietta - lovely, lovely lady. I wonder if they wait
for Ueda or if they just go on down the 18th. Take Wood gees and just
clear off if you see that scoreboard behind, it says, 65th, currently
level par. That includes the amateurs. At the moment there are 66
players on par or better. So things are possibly positive for those on
+1. Oh, it can change. The amateurs are counted in, not extra? Not
extra. She's going to tap it in, she does.
That is a good 2-putt from long range. Are you going to join us or
should we carry on? Where are the officials when you want one? She has
turned, look out, you nearly ended your days, there.
Now, we would like to see a good shot here. She has suffered enough.
She has moved the sign and she will play from where it was originally.
Oh, goodness me. That was unlucky. They didn't go in. It has finished
further away than if it hadn't hit the flag. Come on! Peter, watch the
screen! That would have been in the clubhouse. Look at this. Fasten your
eyes on it. If it misses the flag, second bounce, would have been much
closer. I reckon that would have pitched five feet past and gone way
past. I don't think anything will make her smile at the moment. She
has had enough. We should not make fun. It is a taxing game and it
tests every bit of your patience and skill. You can say that again.
The plains Bedfordshire. Is that an act of God or can they be put on the
clock for messing around earlier? I don't know. I remember at
Sunningdale in 2008, she was right in the mix until the end, finished
seventh, she spent a while on the LPGA but is now playing back in
Japan. She has been a multiple winner over the years, there. So she
is highly skilled. Well done. Well done.
At the 15th. Yani Tseng, 5-under. No, yes, no... Gosh. Good effort.
She is getting back some competence. It's funny, confidence comes and
goes. The fear of something, whether it is the dark or fear of the
dentist or three putting. She likes it.
The scoreboard carrier in the background, it is 23 girls from
Thornton College in Woburn, carrying some of the scoreboards around the
course this week. There is a scheme for girls who have never played
before to be introduced to the game in school, they come up for lessons
and the club are trying to introduce local young people to the game of
golf and I think it's a cracking idea. I hope it is successful.
Meanwhile, Stacey at the 17th. That was a lovely shot. You are
right, Peter, eight is great for these young people to walk alongside
and meet some of these players and Stacy Lewis is a good example of
anything being possible, she spent most of her teenage years in a back
brace before having back surgery, and to now be making such a
fantastic living as one of the world's best golfers, its
extraordinary considering the spinal trouble that she had in her young
life. A lot of these young people had never been on a golf course, up
close to these good players, they carry that around and get used to
the scoring and one thing or another and it is delightful to see
something entirely new, through fresh eyes. And maybe coming up next
week to have a go on the practice ground, young pros will be giving
them lessons and encouraging them. You never know. We might find
someone with a touch of genius. The 17th. This is from 144. The line
looks rather good. That was a beautiful shot.
Matthew, on the final hole. Oh, what a cheer if this goes in. This is for
a three. That was just too wide, but a lovely touch. No sweat, cool as a
cucumber. That's a lovely round of golf from Catriona Matthew. 65
strokes, 9-under, a couple behind, and another day tomorrow.
Yes, that round of 65 equals her best of the whole season and in fact
she has been bubbling up, 65 under 66 in the last month or so on the
LPGA Tour. And you feel that her form really is bubbling up nicely,
not just for this week but also the real Olympics, she is likely to be
the oldest in the field in the women's competition. Two shots back
now from Mirim Lee. Shanshan Feng from China came in a long time ago.
Jutanugarn is still going well with two still to play. It is bubbling up
very nicely indeed at Woburn. Back at 17, Ueda.
A different view from the tee looking to the green, when you go
the other way round, but what a lovely shot that was, too little too
late or whatever they say, she is 5-under. It's a long way to come not
to qualify. And very expensive. One thing about golf is that if you
don't play well enough you don't get paid, not like in some other games
where you get a big wage even if you hurt your big toe. Ideal position,
central fairway. Slightly anxious. No need. That is exceptionally good
and it should work its way down to the flag, that is one of the best we
have seen so far today at 18. There are many women club golfers
who attacked the ball, they are fun to watch, have you know many in your
time? Not really. I don't think Carol got any better than an eight
handicap, but she was a joy to watch. She played for and captain
Surrey for a period. They now live just north of St Andrews in
Scotland. She was a joy to watch. What a girl. Watch this, a good
light, she has to hit this cleanly. -- a good line. Oh yes. What
happened there? That was a bit strange, up and on but it goes to
the back of the green. I thought she had a socket for a minute. As you
said earlier she is looking out of sorts. Stacy Lewis, this is for a
two. This looks good. Oh yes. 7-under.
Catriona Matthew's scorecard, cracking round, not one drop shot.
She is with Hazel. She is. Great iron play today along with many
other facets of the game, so many chances today and you took them. How
would you rate your particular round of golf? Probably one of the best I
have played. 18 greens today, just one awful shot on 16 but then I
followed it with my best of the day. 4-iron to the green. I gave myself a
lot of chances and holed my fair share. Your 83rd major or something
like that. Thanks for reminding me! You have won one but came so close
in many others, nine in the top five, is there a feeling that you
have achieved so much but you would love to nail one more? Obviously, I
am playing to win and I want to give myself a chance on Sunday and that
would be fantastic. The crowd was great today, if I can be in
contention on Sunday sure it will be fantastic. A significant season
because you are vice captain for the Solheim Cup team, congratulations,
and the lifetime achievement in Scottish golf award, so with Rio on
the horizon, how significant an achievement would it be to be on the
Great Britain team for you? It's a huge achievement, growing up I never
thought I would be in the Olympics and it's been a goal of mine for the
last couple of years to try to make the team, Robert Lee my only chance
with where I am in my career so I was delighted to make it and I can't
wait to go, I'm going to go down a few days early to watch some other
things and then get ready. Graham your husband has been on the bag,
this is only the third time in the year he has been able to help you
because he does most of the childcare. How will it work in Rio?
I have helpful grandparents. They will be at home watching but it will
be great to have Graham there because he does not get the chance
to watch often. Is the opening ceremony on your horizon? What are
you most looking forward to? Unfortunately not the opening
ceremony, I could not be away from the children that long, but I'm
really looking forward to the atmosphere, we are staying in the
village, just to get a sense of the whole thing and looking forward to
going to the athletics on Saturday, Super Saturday. That will be great
and I'm sure there will be lots of good things. We are hoping for good
things for you over the weekend. Well played. Thank you very much.
Another two on the horizon here. Following her partner, Stacy Lewis,
in. Excellent stuff. And we might even get a trio of twos with Momoko
Ueda having got it extremely close. But Catriona Matthew seems so much
more at ease in the spotlight and she was not really comfortable in
nearly part of her career. Yes, she has matured wonderfully. Watch this
going in for a two. 32s, that is really rare. I was interested that
you said that she was picked as the vice captain, is there only one vice
captain for the Solheim Cup? Darren Clarke has about ten! I think he has
five and there will be more named by Anneka. Stacy Lewis unleashes her
driver down the 18th. That is OK for her, momentarily she thought she had
lost it down the right but it's OK. There will be announcements further
down the line, Peter. Normally there are around four vice captains. All
of these are relatively new innovations. Well I know Paul
McGinley had five for the Ryder Cup, his reasoning was that there were
four matches on the course in all of the foursomes and one other guy to
look after the players who weren't playing. So that was how he came to
that number, I believe. 2-iron for position. Oh, now she is anxious.
She is anxious but she has no need to be. That's a long hit, isn't it?
Beautiful strike. Well, the boycott has joined me,
what do you make of this? Very good scoring but not from Brooke
Henderson today. It has been a bit under par but that is perhaps not
the right expression! Nicely judged, there. Again, looking at that card,
it just has not shifted. Still hanging on at level par, all of
those 1-over, Christina Kim and Brittany Lincicome and that huge
crowd are likely to miss out. Nordqvist with a long putt, up,
slightly uphill. Getting closer and closer and closer. That saves a lot
of aggravation. Well done. Those are little magnetic ball
markers that they keep on them. Some of you may not be familiar with the
game, those little round discs. Azahara Munoz rolls it in. She
closes with a birdie having opened with a birdie, but in between not
much happened, she did things at her own steady pace, round of 71.
5-under for the Championship. And she is in a nice position going into
the weekend. 5-under, second shot to the 16th.
Now, I've watched her for so many years and she was absolutely
stunning, and then the confidence, something waned, it was something
mental, you get afraid, nervous, whatever psychiatrists will charge
you a lot for telling you, but it disappears and you can't get it back
again. Henderson for a par at the final hole and in she goes. It has
been a struggle for her today. But what a huge talent. 71, 72, 1-under.
The third member of the group is Anna Nordqvist. They are all going
to be here for the weekend. Nordqvist just to finish at 1-under.
That is a round of 71, there is not much between these players, 71, 71
and 72 for Brooke Henderson. Lots of hugging but not much commitment,
they don't seem very enthusiasm huggers. It is just a quick thanks
and a courtesy see you tomorrow or whatever. Looking down on the final
hole. Good drives up the final hole. There could be a couple of trees in
the way, here. This is not a straightforward shot. You have to
have a bit of luck where the ball lands.
What a fine shot. Coming from that side is not easy. Avoided all of the
trees and the overhanging branches. Stacey, now on her second shot. Ken
is on his tea break. He is amazed by what he has seen today. Stacey
whacks it up towards the green. And that is an aesthetic. Not too nasty.
Down there on the edge of the fairway. We have the powerhouse.
AJ. It all seems a bit disenchanted and that's why, that was a Miss Q --
miscue. It is amazing that she does not carry a driver and if she did
she could overpower some courses. She just does it with a 2-iron and
3-wood sometimes. Well, I suppose if you are happy with a 3-wood, look at
Henrik Stenson, he rarely brings a driver and he's magnificent player.
He hits it miles. Mind you, 3-wood, you would like a lofted drive with a
shallow face. 12 degrees and tiny little persimmon heads. That's have
a look at the leaderboard. The good scoring has continued throughout the
day. -- let's have a look. You would suspect they have not played the
course quite long enough, but there is no harm in seeing birdies and
eagles. Shanshan Feng yesterday was saying that it was coming down to a
putting contest because all of the players were able to reach things
comfortably with a short iron. Bronte Law, you might have seen her
name, great effort by the amateur from Stockport, qualifying on
Monday. Coming off winning the European amateurs last week. Still
looking for her own clubs which have been lost somewhere by an airline
that shall not be named. But it was French! Jodi Ewart Shadoff, the
British number three. The third British woman inside the top 100, 71
today, she will be here for the weekend. JE Shen, twice former
champion, also sneaking inside the cut mark.
And all of these players are safe. I think those on 1-over might make it.
65 and ties make it and go down to 67, there is a tie for 67 which is
1-over at the moment. You can see the price of her mistake, there, the
depth of the bunker. It it is lying well. That was a bad mistake from
someone who is such a quality player. This is not easy. You have
to get it up and forward. I can't see, yes I can, I thought she had
taken the flag out but it is on the right fluttering away. Oh, yes.
That's the way to do it, brilliant shot. They are all very good out of
the bunker is now, men and women, boys and girls, it is a skill that
they have mastered. You never see dodgy bunker play. This is not easy.
You can see where the ball has rolled back. Gives it a good thump
into the sand. Up it goes, climbing the face. Over the top she goes.
There is quite a few yards between the top of the bunker and the flag.
In fact I thought it might have stopped nearer. About four feet or
so, that sort of range away. A brilliant shot. It's never going to
happen but some would like bunkers to return to the old days when it
was like a sheep had dug it out. They are called hazards. It is like
going back to only having one server tennis, it would just change the
game. I suppose. -- one serve at tennis. She has turned things around
well, she was out in 37 but three birdies on the back nine and no
dropped shots. She has a chance of another one. Good crowds in today.
20 6000. It is always good here. Stacey fascinates me. She is very
volatile. You feel there is a volcano bubbling up inside. This is
for a three. Keep up, keep up. Got it. It didn't, just slid across in
the end. They surely she reminds me of the female star of silence of the
lands, do you remember? Jodie Foster. Yes, I think she looks very
like Jodie Foster. She is still in the hunt. 7-under, very much in the
hunt on 67, 70. When you think of all of the trials and tribulations
she had with her spinal problems as a youngster. Theories Yani Tseng.
Can she get to 6-under? -- here is Yani Tseng. She cannot but she is
having plenty of opportunities. We talked about her pedigree, five
Majors in three years and was ranked one in the world for 109 weeks in
2011-13 and then won three of the first five events in 2012 and that
was the last time she won, amazing. Yes, her confidence disappeared. Two
at the last and three... No, I thought she would finish two, three,
which would have been in vain, sadly, 4-over par ain't good enough.
26,000 people will attend today. Yesterday they did not have official
figures because they weren't scanning the bar codes as they came
in but its official today, it's a big area and they are spread out
quite a lot. They have always had good galleries here and it's just
off the M1, ten minutes off the M1. Plenty of room to park your car.
Plenty of facilities for the spectators. You can get close to the
players. They want the spectators do have a good time and for you to
enjoy it. It's a very good bunker shot but that is the distance it has
gone on. And there is a bit of movement in this one as well. This
is just as important as any shot she has played during the day. It counts
just as many. After that splendid tee shot, getting your second in the
bunker and then taking five would be disgraceful, but there is no such
thought for an excellent day 's work. A few little hugs and all to
play for over the weekend. Very good play. It has been a joy to watch.
Well, there is the round of Sei-Young Kim, around 69 to leave
her 6-under par. She is to Hazel. A second round 69 today but the
highlight must have been true in the -- holing out. I got 120 two the
second shot, and I just tried a pitching wedge and it was perfect,
so I was like, well, I never thought about that. It was awesome. It
certainly was and it put you in the hunt for the title. You missed the
cut at Turnberry last year, how much better do you like conditions on
this course compared to the links in the wind and rain last year? Last
year I was very much struggling with the course because side never did
play like that on that course and it was the first time so it was a good
experience for me but this course is better for me because it is all
right to let dog legs, so it suits my eyes because I naturally go right
to left with my ball flight. This is a very exciting time for you and
indeed for Korean women's golf. Can you explain how important that you
and the rest of your team-mates go into the Rio Olympics, how important
has it been and how important is it for the Korean people? A lot of
people are really excited for the Olympics season, and a lot of Korean
people are watching it on TV. So everybody will be cheering us, all
of the athletes. So I was not really waiting for a long time, since I was
young, I really want to play there. So yes, I have got an opportunity,
first time at the Olympics, so it's exciting. I hope you do you and your
nation proud. Well played today. Thank you. South Korea has the best
chance of a medal in the women's Olympic Games. Catriona Matthew is
heading out for Great Britain alongside Charley Hull, she is
further down the leaderboard but pretty well placed. Catriona Matthew
is two behind Mirim Lee, who is not going to Rio. Tougher conditions
earlier today. So-yeon Ryu going well out on the course. There we
are. Maguire is in fact one shot further back, but it's a good
contest developing for the amateur competition.
Georgia Hall out on the course. It has been a struggle for her today.
10-over. Coming towards the end of things.
A remarkably short shot into the green. Here is Shannon Woods, Tiger
or Nice. She's got some talent. Frontex like misjudgement in club.
Tidy round from Stacy Lewis. She finished seven under for the
Championship. She is speaking to Hazel. Going into the weekend, you
find yourself only four shots behind with a significant carrot in front
of your eyes, a second title - how do you like that position? I like it
a lot. Especially on the turn, I was not really in a good place. That I
made a few birdies to give myself a good chance for the like where I am.
Usually if you can get out there and post a number, that's usually what
wins. Tell me about the scoring so far. We saw that fantastic 62
yesterday, and a 65 from Catriona. It shows you what is possible?
Definitely. You can make some birdies, now that the cause is a bit
slower. I think the pin positions are a bit tougher today come in
general. But you can make birdies. If you get enough wedges in, if you
can just make pars on the tougher ones. Which club in the bag needs to
the firing best for you, here? Gap, it is probably the wedges, honestly.
You have to make birdies. And so the wedges need to be spot on. You have
had a two-year wait, since your last victory, are you inching ever closer
to it? Yes, I feel like over the last couple of weeks I have played
some really good golf. That is what ultimately leads to winning -
playing good. I am getting to where I am starting to trust my game
again. When you trust it, you can hit it under pressure. One final
question - we spoke about the Olympics, and I was speaking to Lexi
Thompson about it. There has been a lot of the guys who are not going to
go, but how important a prospect is it for women's golf, would you say?
I think it's a big deal. I think the biggest thing is, golf gets funding
because it is an Olympics, in a lot of countries where it has not been
introduced yet. So I think it is a big deal, and I think it is huge for
the top players to support it. I am so excited, to be an Olympian, to
represent your country, there is no greater honour. I can't wait to get
to Rio. We wish you good luck over the weekend, and in Rio of course.
ANDREW COTTER: And I think in the women's game, they are more
receptive to change. Try something new. That's a little bit wide from
Yani Tseng. It should clean give the women's game a bit more prominence.
There's arguments on all sides, you can have arguments about anything.
Ideas, thoughts, whatever. Of course, if you don't agree,
sometimes with the minority now, they shout at you until kingdom
come. But you're not supposed to have a different opinion.
ANDREW COTTER: She is now playing her best golf of the Championship by
a distance. PETER ALLISS: There is still almost
40-odd players out on the course so, a lot can happen. We have got
another two or three hours more golf at least this even. -- this evening.
So I would not be surprised to see the one overs getting in this, to
save par. Hit it... Nobody has, from that side of the hole. That's a
shame. But of her own doing. That has moved her just one place out
from the cut. There's an awful lot of players out on the course at the
moment who will feel they have got a chance. Call has had a tough day.
Third shot. So much of this game is learning how to play. Well judged.
There is definitely a family resemblance. If she could improve
her again, she would the great star. Can she get into the Premier
division? She has made great strides in the last 18 months.
+ awkward one from there. You can see the slope where it comes down at
the end. She's certainly improving all the time. She finished sixth in
Oregon a couple of weeks ago. She had a horrible run of missed cuts at
the start of the season and is sadly going to miss it again here as well.
Rattles it in. Nishiyama moves to two under. She who was up the money
on the Japanese Tour. There's a lot of money to be made out there. The
last group is now playing the sixth. So there is still quite a lot of
golf before we shot up shop on this second day.
This is a tricky little putt. They can tail away to her left if it is
not struck firmly enough. That one almost accelerated away
down the slope. Further away now. QC, she is six over par. You get so
set in the routine of modern golf, you have to go through it all, even
if you're taking 85. Three putts from 4ft. Sadness.
79 today. HAZEL IRVINE: Not her day-to-day.
But Catriona Matthew has posted that spectacular 65. Still retaining the
overnight lead, just as last night, is Mirim Lee. But this time it is
down to only one shot. The likes of Lexi Thompson and Charley Hull
firmly in the chasing pack. Conditions, as we heard, slower and
softer, making the scoring arguably harder. Leona Maguire, in the chase
for the silver solder, is leading a matter. -- for the silver selva, as
leading a matter. Lydia Ko looks like she might make
the cut, the world number one, following a couple of good birdies.
It looks as though she will be assured of her position over the
weekend. She has not missed a cut on any Tour since last June. And
indeed, we can be those who will be with us, Maureen Madill and myself,
over the next couple of days. I think the round of the day belongs
to Catriona. I was discussing the fact that she has had one victory in
a major, and she could have won a bunch more? Yes, there is a strong
case for saying that she has even underachieved, because she has
turned herself into the most fantastic golfer. She is calmness
personified. I think it was a tremendous shout of an echo to
appoint her as vice-captain. Although she has every intention of
playing, you need a calm person to offset Annika's intensity. That is
what Catriona displayed on the golf course today. Stacy Lewis is amongst
the chasing pack. This is building up rather nicely for the weekend?
Yes. When Stacey won at St Andrews, she had annexed seven wins in as
little as ten months. It's about two years now since she won. It's not
because she has been playing badly, it is just because somebody has
stepped up and played better most of the time. She is a dangerous lurker.
She certainly is! And she will be amongst those who are there or
thereabouts at the weekend. Let's just remind you of something is on
BBC Sport this evening. A live semifinal between Wigan and Hull FC.
After that, Clare Balding has been meeting gold medallists from the
Paralympics of 2012. And on BBC One tomorrow, the Olympic journey of Tom
Daley. Tom of course took that bronze medal four years ago. And we
will be back with live coverage here from Woburn from two o'clock on day
three, which is moving day. So it has been a very intriguing day so
far. So that's it. We will be back with you fresh and raring to go for
the weekend. This recount Women's British Open Championship has all
the makings of a weekend classic. I hope you will share it with us.
Bye-bye. You're coming across as, frankly,
ridiculous. I'm flabbergasted by that.
Will they get burnt... You have done an appalling job of
selling them online. Erm... I'm... We're... We're...
No, hang on. Sorry.
Live coverage of the second day's action at the Women's British Open, introduced by Hazel Irvine.
The 40th staging of this tournament is being held at Woburn for the first time since 1999, with the world's best golfers competing for a prize fund in excess of £2m. There hasn't been a British winner since 2009, but 20-year-old Charley Hull will be hoping to use the knowledge of her home course to her advantage.
Norway's Suzann Pettersen led at the halfway stage in 2015, two shots clear of the field and five ahead of eventual champion Inbee Park.
Commentary by Peter Alliss, Ken Brown, Maureen Madill and Andrew Cotter.