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MATTHEW ACES HER WAY TO OPEN LEAD



Scotland's Catriona Matthew fired a hole-in-one at the 15th during her second round seven under par 65, storming into the lead on nine under par during the second round of the 1 million Weetabix Women's British Open at Sunningdale GC in Berkshire.

The 31-year-old from North Berwick leads four players on seven under par including fellow Scot Janice Moodie, England's Trish Johnson and overnight leader Johanna Head, and Korean Mi Hyun Kim.

Matthew, who carded an opening round 70, which, incidentally, included her
holing out with a seven iron from 149-yards at the final hole for an eagle two, started the day off the five shots off the earlier pace set by Moodie, Johnson and Kim.

With a flawless front nine of 33, Matthew quickly made up ground before adding a birdie at the par five tenth. A bogey at the tricky 12th set her back, but the Scot rallied with another birdie at the par five 14th.

And at the 215-yard 15th, Matthew, who narrowly missed out on a selection for last years Solheim Cup, made a joint decision with her husband-cum-caddy
Graeme, before hitting a seven-wood and watching the ball take a huge bounce
before disappearing for a rare ace.

"I was kind of telling it to get down," said Matthew when she was eyeing up the shot. "I think it too a big first bounce and when I saw it on television, it was going quite hard."

"I played well, I didn't really miss any fairways and I think that is the key around here, and I birdied the par fives. I know they are all reachable, but you still have to hit two good shots into them and make birdie."

Head, who was born in nearby Ascot and now lives in Northampton, is currently three under par for the day after 13 holes.

The 28-year-old reached the turn in one under par 35 with two birdies and one bogey. But with an eagle at the 455-yard par five 10th, the twin sister of Evian Tourist Samantha moved into contention for her first official Tour win.

Head's only win as a professional came in the 1999 Malaysian Open and despite her sister winning twice on the Evian Tour, she has yet to make her mark.

Moodie, who got up at 4.45am this morning, began the day having to complete
the final two holes of her first round, which she completed in five under par 67. The Solheim Cup star added a second round 70 to move into a share of the lead thanks to five birdies and three bogeys.

A front nine of 33 sent her to the top leaderboard and with back-to-back birdies at the 14th and 15th, she extended the margin.

But the 28-year-old from Glasgow, who is now based on the LPGA Tour, will
rue the fact that she dropped shots at the final two holes, having held the outright lead for most of the morning.

"I played really steady, but bogeyed the last two holes," said Moodie. "But all in all, very, very happy and very pleased."

Johnson began her day at two under after a 70 yesterday and moved straight into the hunt with a birdie and an eagle at the opening two holes, both short par fives.

The 35-year-old from Bristol reached the turn in three under par 33 then added further birdies at the 10th, 11th and 14th, before she bogeyed the 15th to move back into a share of the lead, having completed 16 holes.

Kim, winner three times on the LPGA Tour, carded a flawless seven under par
65 with birdies at the fourth, fifth, eighth and ninth to turn in 32.

The 1999 LPGA Rookie of the year added more red figures at the 10th, 16th and 18th to move into contention for her first major championship win.

Comeback of the day belongs to Norway's Suzann Pettersen. The 20-year-old
from Oslo made amends for yesterday's six over par 78 with a blistering eight under 64, one shot off World number one Karrie Webb's 1997 course record.

Pettersen, winner of the Ladies French Open in June and runner up last week
in the WPGA Championship behind Helen Alfredsson, carded seven birdies, an
eagle and a solitary bogey in her round in her first major championship.

"I am just really pleased," said Pettersen. "I played so poorly yesterday, I
didn't have any feelings out there. Today, I was striking the ball good and my putter was quite friendly too."

 

 
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