The French were having fun at the top of the leaderboard at the Lacoste Ladies Open de France, as Gwladys Nocera and Joanna Klatten share the half way lead.
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Gwladys enjoyed the fun, as she hit 16 greens in regulation and needed only 29 putts in her second round -7 under par 63, to join Joanna at the top of the leaderboard on -10 under par;
“Today was really fun. I started on the first tee and hit my shot really close, made an easy birdie, then hit the ball really well and made a few putts early on so it gave me good confidence. I know I’m hitting the ball really well at the moment so it’s a matter of making putts. It happened today so it’s a big bonus.”
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Joanna maintained her position at the top of the leaderboard with a second round -4 under par 66, keeping cool in the scorching temperatures of 30C.
Joanna said she was very happy with the way things are progressing;
” I’m very happy with my round and very happy with how I handled things today. I feel really good about my game so I don’t really have that much pressure. I feel good, like I’m swinging the best I have. I feel pretty confident out there. My putting has been good for four or five weeks and that’s what used to let me down a little bit. My putting is solid and I think that’s the key to holding a leading position.”
Lee Ann Pace is in third position at -8 under par, just two shots off the French lead, but thinks she could win;
“I played consistent and didn’t make any bogeys. I hit 15 greens and think most of the fairways. I could have dropped a couple of putts coming in but the greens are quite tough. The par fours are quite short, the par threes are quite strong. The par fours are definitely attackable. I’m happy to be where I am with two days to go and I’m waiting for a really low one to come in. When that does come in I think I’ll win.”
Three ladies share fourth place at -7 under par, Charley Hull, Valentine Derrey and Azahara Munoz.
Charley said she could have scored better;
“I played better today than yesterday. I just had a lot of putts that were lipping out that I got unlucky with. I could have had 14 birdies, so it was good. I was hitting it closer but had a lot of putts that lipped out.”
Azahara admitted she had a slow start to the competition, but is playing better now;
“Yesterday I had a slow start, I had a bogey on one and two, and today was the opposite. I started par, birdie, birdie, so that was the difference. I was hitting my irons really well and my driver much better than yesterday. I put myself in easier spots today. As long as you are on the fairway you always have a birdie chance because you have really short clubs in your hand, so you have a lot of birdie opportunities. You have to be patient though, because the greens move quite a lot, so it’s not very easy. Yesterday I had a couple of downhillers that I didn’t want to hit and left five feet short so it’s hard to judge”