Mexican Heat on Swedish Fairways

by | Aug 12, 2006

Had she displayed it, Annika Sorenstam might have been forgiven a reasonable degree of bitterness when, having scoring a new course record 66 on day 1 of the Scandinavian leg of the European Women’s Tour, Mexican Lorena Ochoa scotched her record with what has been described a blistering 8-under par 65.

Her day two antics earned Ochoa joint overnight leader position with Sorenstam, in this tournament playing as professional and host of her home Scandinavian leg at the Bro-Balstra course, near Stockholm.

Day three saw these two favourites play to an equal four under par 69, to remain overnight leaders, 13 under for the tournament going into the final day.

South African stalwart Laurette Maritz struggled a little more on day 2 than the first, as a one-shot advantage gave way to a second-round 2-over par 75, after a successive first hole birdie proved to be day two’s only advantage.

Maritz regained momentum with a return of 1-under for day three, finishing up joint 24th in a group that includes last week’s British Women’s Open winner, American Sherri Steinhauer, who reached the clubhouse for a day’s round of 74.

Biggest winners on day 3 include England’s Laura Davies, who posted a round of 66 to finish the day five off the lead, followed by rounds of 67 posted by Scotland’s Catriona Matthew and England’s Rebecca Hudson.

Home talent Ashleigh Simon shot a solid first round par 73, before day two miseries struck with five bogies and one double against a single birdie for a round of 79, carrying her to a midway total 152, missing the cut by 3.

Home pay channel commentators were quick to point out that this young teenager must be encouraged and supported through this difficult time, as the hard-earned knocks from the University of Life prepare her for the years to follow.

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