Suzann Pettersen has the 36 hole lead in the Women’s British Open at Trump Turnberry Resort, Ailsa Course, in Scotland.
Suzann carded a very respectable -3 under par 69 in the challenging morning conditions, to set the Women’s British Open lead at -7 under par. She will take a two shot advantage into the third round tomorrow.
Suzann spoke to reporters saying how difficult the cold and windy conditions were, and she would have been happy to shoot even par today. Coach Butch Harman has altered her swing, which has helped her here;
“They were very tough conditions; the ball is going nowhere,”
“Par is a very good score today. It’s easy to be picky but overall a very solid round of golf.”
“There is more wind and its coming from the south, so when you make the turn, you hit the wall on 12.”
“I think three under today is a very good score. I feel like I delivered my part today. I teed off early so I’ll enjoy a nice relaxing afternoon and be ready for tomorrow.”
“I felt I was in my hundred per cent control of the ball, the flight, the spin; everything you need to do in conditions like this. So this ranks pretty high as a good round of golf.”
“I’m a lot wider. I’m much shallower, which is why I hit it a lot further. Essentially, handshake, handshake. It’s super simple.”
World #2 Lydia Ko is sharing second place, with So Yeon Ryu, Jin Young Ko, from South Korea, and Teresa Lu from Chinese Taipei, all on -5 under par, they all played in the much tougher golfing conditions in the afternoon rounds.
Lydia spoke about the tough conditions in the afternoon;
“It was really difficult. The wind being strong is one thing; and it was definitely a totally different direction to what it was yesterday.”
“So the course was kind of like playing a new course. But it was so tough.”
“The wind was really strong when we were by the water so, you know, it was hard to keep it in the short stuff.”
“So I made a couple bogeys because of that. Probably the craziest weather I had was on Monday when I was out there in rain and wind, but it was getting pretty close when we were on 11, 12. I tried to hide behind the signs and stay away.”
World #1 Inbee Park struggled in the tougher afternoon conditions, carded a +1 over par 73, to be in ninth position on her own at -2 under par.
Yesterday’s leader Hyo-Joo Kim suffered in the wind, returning a +6 over par 78, and tumbled down the leaderboard to T10, at -1 under par. The British bright light from yesterday, Florentyna Parker also dropped away, carding +5 over par 77, and T21.
Everyone agreed that these were the worst conditions they had ever experienced playing professional golf. Wonder what tomorrow will bring.