Mehaffey’s struggles persist after slow start in Sweden as local players show way

Adam McKendry
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Mehaffey’s struggles persist after slow start in Sweden as local players show way

Olivia Mehaffey (Photo By John Dickson/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Olivia Mehaffey’s struggles on the Ladies European Tour continued on Friday at the Skaftö Open in Sweden as she fell towards the bottom end of the leaderboard.

The Tandragee woman mixed three birdies with seven bogeys and a triple-bogey in a seven-over 76 in her opening round in Lysekil to sit outside the top-100 after the first day.

It’s been a rough run for Mehaffey, who has failed to make a cut since May and last week failed to progress through the first stage of Q-School for the LPGA Tour, and it looks like that run is set to continue in Sweden.

The cut line currently sits at two-over-par, so a good second round could see her back inside the mark, but she will need a quick turnaround in fortunes.

Meanwhile, Sweden’s Lisa Pettersson and Finland’s Elina Nummenpaa rose to the top of a Scandinavian dominated leaderboard after rounds of 63 took them one shot clear at the summit.

Pettersson had an eagle, six birdies and two bogeys in her round, while Nummenpaa played her back nine in just 29 strokes as five birdies in her last six holes saw her climb into a share of the lead.

Norway’s Maiken Bing Paulsen, Spain’s Ana Pelaez Trivino and Austria’s Emma Spitz are tied for third at five-under-par, with five players – including ISPS HANDA World Invitational champion Maja Stark – at four-under.

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