Defending Champion Ariya Jutanugarn hits the front in the Lalla Meryem Golf Cup at the end of day two of this Ladies European Tour event in Morocco.
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The defending champion Ariya Jutanugarn carded a bogey-free -5 under par 66 in the second round of the Lalla Meryem Cup on Friday to grab a two-stroke lead heading into the weekend at Golf de l’Ocean in Morocco.
Ariya reported that her driver was under control today, but the putter is not responding;
“Today I played pretty good and my driver was a lot better. My game was a lot better than yesterday in general. Today my putting was not very good, but it was okay. Yesterday my putting was a lot better than today. It’s very nice to play here because having won here it makes me a lot more confident.”
Nina Holleder, in second place at -6 under par, is hoping to get into the Solheim Cup, She lives only a five-minute cycle ride from Golf Club St. Leon-Rot, the venue of the 2015 Solheim Cup;
“I played the last two rounds really solidly and hit 16 greens each day, so it was not too difficult as the putter was good. I had more chances for birdie but I’m happy with it. At least I hope to improve from last year and climb up a bit in the ranking so that I have the full tour card for next year, because I’m still in category 9b now.”
15 year-old French amateur Mathilda Cappeliez shares second place at -6 under par, she said it was an amazing day;
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“It was an amazing day. I putted really well with no bogeys on the card, so it was easier to make a good score. My game was nice, always on the green. My game was really good. After the first nine I was minus two and just a little bit nervous, but after the birdie, eagle and birdie on 10, 11, 12, I was trying to make pars. I think my game was like the pros so it made me feel secure.”
Laura Davies, Gwladys Nocera, overnight co-leader Sophie Walker and Sophie Giquel-Bettan are all tied in third place at -5 under par.
Laura missed a few putts, but is still in a good position;
“I’ve played really well. I’ve hit 17 greens the first day, 17 greens today and the story is not making enough putts. Thirty three putts both days, but having said that, I’m at five-under-par and in a decent position.”
Gwladys also thinks she should have done better;
“It looks good when you look at the board, but the way I played, when I hit the ball, it was so close to the pin and I didn’t make a putt, so it’s frustrating. I know I’m on top of the leader board but I’m pretty disappointed with my day.”
“I guess I am tough on myself and I always want to do better. I’m here to work and to win. For me, it’s not a good day, but I look at it that I’m on top of the leader board but could do so much better.”