Leona Maguire was in the minority of players who managed to complete their second rounds but finds herself well off the pace at the weather-hit Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España Femenino.
With most of the field enduring early starts to finish their first round this morning, the Cavan professional followed-up an even par 71 with a one-over-par 72 across the sopping wet La Quinta Resort and now finds herself on plus one for the tournament, currently good enough for a share of 23rd.
It was a fairly solid return for the former Blue Devils star, who carded three bogeys and two birdies in another hard-fought performance. However she now finds herself a full seven shots behind second round leader and defending champion, Azahara Muñoz, after the Spaniard carded her second successive round of 66 to head affairs on six-under-par.
After a long day on the course for the leader, Muñoz was understandably looking forward to some rest after of moving day tomorrow:
“It was a long day and I played 31 holes, but I’m very happy and I played really well,” she said. “I gave myself lots of chances. It’s not easy to make putts here. I probably left a few out there, but no regrets, I’m really happy with my six-under. It was actually not too bad. I’m thankful that it only gets light at 8am in Spain, because we have much earlier starting times in America and in the UK.”
The Spaniard is one shot ahead of England’s Georgia Hall, who played in the same group as Muñoz. Hall signed for rounds of 67 and 70 with the Ricoh Women’s British Open champion commenting:
“It was a long day, but I played fine. We’ve got two more days to go, so hopefully I’ll hole some more putts. You have so many drops due to the water on the fairways, so it’s pretty tough. Putting is tough as well, as the greens are soggy, but they roll quite well, so you’ve got to stay patient out there.”
The second round will resume at 8.45am on Saturday and round three will begin at approximately 1.30pm. There will be a two-tee-start ‘U Draw’ and the pairings for round four will be the same as for round three but perhaps Maguire will benefit from a lie on tomorrow ahead of some potential moving day fireworks.
Full scores HERE