Maguire makes back-nine recovery to book weekend tee-time in Scotland

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Leona Maguire recovered after briefly flirting with the cut-line to make three birdies in her last eight holes and move through to the weekend rounds of the Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open.

The Cavan professional made one bogey and eight pars to turn in 37 before a potentially tournament derailing double-bogey on the par-4 tenth.

Maguire bounced back with a birdie ‘3’ on 11 before taking advantage of the two par-5s on the back-nine in ‘4’ to sign for an even par 72; her one-under tally good enough for a share of 32nd at the time of writing with the afternoon wave still to complete their second rounds on the Dumbarnie Links.

Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn birdied five of her last seven holes in a second round 66 to open up a three-stroke lead at nine-under par.

“I felt like after I played in the afternoon yesterday, it is really windy, and I feel like today going to be better in the morning, but actually it’s not, so the wind start to blow really hard since like first hole and last three holes even worse. I feel pretty lucky I finish before everything to come,” said Jutanugarn.

The 25-year-old notched two birdies on the front nine. After a bogey on No. 10, the Thai regrouped to birdie Nos. 12, 13, 15, 16 and 17, while making every effort to stay as “chill” as possible.

“I don’t really feel like I’m really confident or I’m not confident at all. But I think like just have to go day-by-day to me,” said Jutanugarn. “When I say I still have so much thing to work on, and to me, I just want to be chilling on the course because I know when I’m chilling on the course, everything going to take care of themselves.”

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