Jordanstown’s Stephanie Meadow produced a typically grinding performance to advance to the weekend at a brutal AIG Women’s Open test at Royal Troon.
Meadow recorded a pair of four-over par 75s for an eight-over par two-round total but actually made the cut with a shot to spare after the magic number fell at nine-over par.
That proved one too many for Leona Maguire who fell agonisingly short of the weekend mark. The Cavan star was even par through 10 holes but dropped four strokes on the way in for a 75 and a plus-10 total.
Amateur Olivia Mehaffey posted two rounds of 77 for a 12-over total but will no doubt learn plenty from another shot at the top tier of women’s golf.
Sweden’s Dani Holmqvist impressively defied the weather conditions to claim the second-round lead in Scotland.
On another blustery day on the Ayrshire links, accompanied by heavy rain showers, the 32-year-old battled to a superb score of one-under-par 70 after four birdies and three bogeys.
Holmqvist is the only player under par at the halfway stage of the first women’s Major championship of the year, having only qualified via last week’s Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open.
The Swede, who has fought back to fitness after a golf cart crash in 2018, sits at one-under-par, a stroke clear of American Austin Ernst and Sophia Popov from Germany.
Ernst claimed three birdies on her front-nine on her way to a 70, with Popov finishing with a birdie for a 72 late in the day to join her at level par. A five-strong group of players share fourth place on one-over-par, featuring Minjee Lee, Jasmine Suwannapura, Lydia Ko, Emily Kristine Pedersen and Lindsey Weaver, who is impressing without the use of caddie.
Lee signed for a superb 69 after two closing birdies, while Ko added a 71 as she chases a third Major title. The New Zealander, who became the youngest world number one aged only 17, tied third at the 2015 Women’s Open.
World number four Nelly Korda is well-placed at two-over-par after a second 72, while Inbee Park, who won the 2015 event at Turnberry, again showed her love for links golf as she carded a 69 to move into contention on four-over-par. Home favourite Catriona Matthew slipped to five-over.
It proved a difficult day for overnight leader Amy Olson, who followed up her opening 67 with a 10-over-par 81. Fellow American Marina Alex also struggled, starting the day in a tie for second place but dropping to seven-over-par after a 79.
The cut mark for the top-65 players of nine-over-par saw defending champion Hinako Shibuno dropping out on 12-over, with leading names Charley Hull, Brooke Henderson, Stacy Lewis and Laura Davies also missing out on the weekend.
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