Friday 6 December 2019

Mo Martin makes hay at Open as Meadow fails to shine

Mo Martin of the U.S. plays her second shot at the 9th hole during the women's British Open golf tournament at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport
Mo Martin of the U.S. plays her second shot at the 9th hole during the women's British Open golf tournament at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport

Richard Phelps

Stephanie Meadow found herself on the same mark as Michelle Wie after two days at the Women's British Open, but that was as good as it got for the Irish star after a baptism of fire at Royal Birkdale this week.

Meadow finished third behind Wie at the recent US Open on her professional debut, but both players found conditions much tougher on the Lancashire coast over the last two days as their tournament ended on nine-over-par, two shots adrift of the halfway cut.

American Mo Martin, meanwhile, had a plan to play Royal Birkdale, and it has worked better than she imagined. Martin took two putts from short of the green on the par-five 18th for her 10th birdie in two days.

It gave her another three-under 69 and a three-shot lead over Beatriz Recari of Spain and former US Women's Open champion So Yeon Ryu going into the weekend.

Surprisingly, the weekend will not include Wie. Coming off her first Major in the US Women's Open at Pinehurst No 2, the 24-year-old from Hawaii never got anything going and fell apart over the closing stretch for a 78 to miss the cut.

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Only nine players remained under par and the wind has yet to get fierce. Meadow outscored Wie by two shots in her 76, but it still wasn't enough to continue her fine start to life in the professional ranks.

Recari carded a superb 67 which featured one bogey and six birdies, three of them coming on the last three holes, while Ryu recovered from a double bogey on the second with birdies on the fourth, 10th, 11th and 18th to return a 70.

Fellow Korean Sun-Ju Ahn matched Recari's 67 thanks to four birdies in the last five holes to finish two under par alongside Paraguay's Julieta Granada.

England's Georgia Hall is the best-placed home player after adding a 72 to her opening 73 to lie one over par alongside defending champion Stacy Lewis.

Scotland's Vikki Laing produced the shot of the day, holing a 5-wood from 240 yards for an albatross on the par-five 17th on her way to a 68, a 10-shot improvement on her opening round.

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