18 maj 2015 21:34
Uændret #1 i Belek
Af Søren Kragh
I Europas fremmeste golf paradis kom der ikke udskiftning i toppen af leaderboarded, efter anden runde af Turkish Airlines open i Belek. For Melissa Ried vogtede sin føring, efter en anden dagens runde i 69 slag.
For Danmarks vedkommende var resultatet af runde 2 ikke nogen glans. Malene Jørgensen gik desværre tilbage, og skød sig til en 75ér ovenpå åbningsdagens runde i 70. Hun er den bedst placerede danske spiller, og indtager inden 3. runde 20. pladsen i samlet 1 under par. Det er to slag bedere end Nanna K Madsen. Tre slag bedre end Emily K Pedersen, og fire salg bedre end Daisy Nielsen. Nicole Broch Larsen strøg fremad, men kom for lange nede fra. Hun kom rundt i 71 salg, mod 85 den første dag, og er således 5 over.
Ladies European Tour har foretaget interview med tre spillere, og du kan her læse resultat, som dog er på engelsk:
You had a shaky start but kicked on and took the lead.
Yeah. I just short sided myself on the par 3 13th and I misjudged the chip, so I was a little bit frustrated, but at the same time it gave me a kick up the bum. I played okay. I didn’t play great this morning, I feel fine now. I tried to stay patient because I knew that there were birdie opportunities out there. I knew at the start of the day that I wanted to get to 12 under so that was my goal the whole day.
Did you see Pamela Pretswell on the leaderboard?
I saw she got to nine, so she’s had a great day. She was only a couple of groups ahead of me so I knew there were some birdie opportunities coming up. Luckily enough I started to hole a few putts and I hit a great 4-iron into six, which left me a good eagle opportunity and it was good to finish with a birdie on the last as well, to get to 12 under par.
You have a three shot lead, which is a healthy position.
This is the position you want to be in at halfway. Laura is playing well and Gwladys, so a low round if out there and it will be a good competition on Tuesday and Wednesday. I’ve put myself into a nice position and hitting is well so I’m looking forward to it.
Why did you not get a practice round?
Because I didn’t realise they hadn’t put me in the Pro-Am. It’s the first time as a pro that I’ve not been in the Pro-Am.
It’s worked out well, hasn’t it?
The last time I didn’t play a practice round, I won, and that was in Prague. I just rocked up to the event the day before, didn’t have a practice round and won, so it’s not turning out to be too bad. I knew that on this course, it wasn’t necessary to have a practice round. You can’t play certain courses like Morocco without a practice round, as you need to try a few shots, but here, it’s all in front of you. It’s pretty wide so you’re fine.
When did Mark start caddying for you?
Mark started caddying for me at the end of last year, in Dubai.
This is the lowest round of your career.
Yesterday I played well but didn’t get my putts. Today I played some really solid golf and made quite a few birdies out there, which was nice.
What’s the difference?
I didn’t get the pace of the greens yesterday but kind of got a couple of up and downs in the first few holes which settled the nerves and got my putting stroke going.
Did you realise you were in the lead at one stage?
I was just focusing on one hole at a time and doing what I could do. The leaders were quite a bit ahead so I was doing my best to catch them.
You’ve had a good season so far.
I’ve had three top tens and a top 12, so I’ve been really happy with the start. I’m usually a bit of a slow starter, so it’s nice to get a good early season.
The Solheim Cup captain Carin Koch was in your group today.
It was good fun playing with Carin. I’ve played with her a couple of times but I’m just out there enjoying myself.
What has made the difference this season?
This is my third year on tour now so I feel a lot more settled and a lot of parts of my game have got a lot stronger. The last couple of seasons I’ve not been able to put four rounds together. I’ve had one of two and then one round that’s pushed me back. I’ve cut out some stupid mistakes and that’s it, really.
Is your dad, William, your full time caddie?
Yes. He retired about a year and a half ago so he’s been coming out and it’s nice to have the same person over again. You get into a routine and there are no surprises when you step on the first tee. He’s been really good for me.
Is he a good golfer?
He used to play off scratch when he was younger but he’s not got much chance to play these days because I take up too much time.
What’s it like having your dad on the bag?
I’m lucky that my dad is the most relaxed person in the world so I’ve got him and my mum is here this week as well. A friend from my home club is here as well so it’s more relaxed and it’s nice to have a friendly face on the sidelines as well when you’re out there.
Do you think golf is a good sport for families?
I think it’s a great sport that you can play together, which is nice, compared to football, which you generally go and watch. Golf is more involved, which is good fun.
You’re getting married soon.
We’re getting married sometime soon but we don’t know when. He’s coming out to caddie in Holland so my dad’s taking a week off and Ryan’s coming out. (Ryan Asher).
You’re playing well. What do you put it down to?
It’s funny because both days I’ve had the exact same stats: 11 fairways, 14 greens and 30 putts. I’m playing very steady and there were a lot of missed chances for birdie out there as well, but I’m hitting good putts, which is nice, and hopefully they will fall over the weekend.
Are you enjoying the course?
I think the course suits my game a lot. I’m feeling confident with my golf swing at the moment, I’m visualising the shots a lot better and the course suits me.