Lydia Ko had lift-off at the NZ Women’s Open, carding a second round 61 at Clearwater Golf Club.
Lydia carded an amazing record breaking second round -11 under par 61, to top the NZ Women’s Open leaderboard at -13 under par, and will take a three shot lead into the final round on Sunday.
She told reporters that a 59 had crossed her mind, and the bogey at the fist made her angry;
“I didn’t know what I was shooting, but when I went past the scoreboard on 13, I thought, `Oh, 59, that is the magical number.’ But I’m pretty happy with 61.”
“After the first, I was pretty angry. I got into the rough and it was pretty tough for the pin location. I left it short and that really made me angry as I did that yesterday and was not going to do it again today.”
“The greens were much better today and rolling better and after that eagle I just got myself into the right position.”
Sitting in second place with a -10 under par total is England’s Charley Hull, a second round -8 under par 64 moving her ahead of the chasing pack.
Charlie spoke about the greens here, and the difference from last week in Oz;
“Coming from Royal Melbourne last week the greens were so fast and really tricky. With these ones you can be a bit firmer and not allow so much break.”
“I think I had 26 putts. I hit some good putts out there, so I’m pretty happy with the way I played. It did enter my mind, I was eight-under and thought I could possibly get to 59.”
“You always believe you’ve left a few putts out there, but I holed a fair few as well. Going into the final day I think I’m in a good position.”
Beth Allen and Giulia Sergas share third spot at -9 under par for the tournament.
Dame Laura Davies made her move into the top 10 today after carding a -5 under par 67. The 2010 NZ Women’s Open champion is at -6 under par for the tournament and is currently tied for ninth place.