Na Yeon Choi takes command of the Ricoh Womens British Open at St Andrews at the half way stage of the competition.
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At a fairly breezy St Andrews Na Yeon shot her second consecutive -5 under par round of 67, to lead the tournament at -10 under par.
Na Yeon said she was pleased with her two rounds, especially the one today in the windier conditions;
“I’m very satisfied the last two rounds. You know, especially today, the weather wasn’t good, it was very hard. But my focus was very good and my caddie helped me a lot, and you know, I had a daily goal every day so I just tried to stick with the goal. It could be like par is 74 or 75 today, but I didn’t care, like every hole, par 3, par 4, par 5, doesn’t matter for me. I just try to play one shot at a time and I think that’s why I had great results.”
Mikki Saki is in second place following her magical second round of -6 under par, 66, which included two two’s. A hole out for Eagle on two of the par fours on the front nine of the Old Course at St. Andrews, holes 4 and 7. Both shots came from over 100 yards as she holed one with an eight iron and the other with a wedge. She was asked if she had ever done that in a tournament before;
“First time, because it is a major and we are here at the Old Course and surrounded by so much history then it must rate as my best ever round.”
Morgan Pressel is in third place at -8 under par, she had a more modest second round, -2 under par, 70. Morgan used not to like links golf, a bit like Phil Mickelson, there could be a link there; he also wants to be on the Solheim Cup Team;
” Everything happens for a reason, and I think that my past struggles here at St. Andrews as well as links golf in general my first two years on Tour taught me a lot. At this point, you know, I’ve played well for two days, and I’m more focused on this tournament”
Treble chasing Inbee Park struggled as the winds picked up on Friday afternoon on the Old Course at St. Andrews, carding a +1 over par 73 to put her at -2 under-par for the championship, a long way back;
“When you experience something big like this, some kind of big pressure like this, you’re just really not afraid of any kind of pressure. How can it get bigger than this? If you experience something like this, you’re just ready to go and ready to experience something, anything’s going to be less than this.”
Good Luck Inbee.