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Golf - 29. July 2017.

Webb keeps Clubhouse lead as Klatten masters the elements

Joanna Klatten, Carly Booth and Mo Martin made significant moves up the leaderboard on the second morning at the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open, but first round star Karrie Webb kept her position at the front of the pack.


Klatten, a member of both the LPGA and Ladies European Tours, fired a best-of-the-round 68 in a strong breeze at Dundonald Links, which saw her climb 71 positions and break into the top-10.

The 2012 tournament champion Carly Booth and the 2014 Ricoh Women’s British Open winner Mo Martin both shot 70 on another cool and windy day to sit at one and three-over-par respectively. A three-over 75 was enough for Webb to hold a one-stroke lead on four-under in the clubhouse ahead of Sei Young Kim, as the afternoon’s best players did their best not to be blown off course.

Cristie Kerr was four-over-par for her first 11 holes, but Sun Young Yoo was three-under-par after as many holes and tied for second alongside Kim.

Webb was disappointed to have bogeyed her last two holes, the eighth and the ninth, but added: “Obviously if you'd have told me before I teed off yesterday, that I would be four-under, I probably would have taken it. Hopefully the wind will stay up this afternoon and I won't be too far behind starting tomorrow.”

“It was really cold this morning, and definitely a lot more wind. The wind had a lot more strength to it. Holes that we were hitting driver and wedge into, that wasn't even a possibility this morning.

“Definitely our first nine holes was definitely really difficult. I mean, it never really let up. Just as it warmed up, obviously you could hit the ball a little bit further. But yeah, it was challenging right all the way till the end.” 

It was Parisienne Joanna Klatten, the longest hitter on the LPGA with an average drive of 278.607 yards, who mastered the elements. She combined an eagle on the par-5 14th with four birdies and two bogeys and said afterwards: “I’m really happy. I had a really good round. I was in great control of my game from tee to green and my driving was great. I live in Dallas now kind of and my swing coach, who I’ve had for three years over there, has really taught me how to play with the wind and I used to be terrible in the wind with a really high ball flight. He really taught me how to keep it low, even with the irons, so I haven’t played links golf in three years, because I didn’t play the last three British Opens, but I can tell the difference. I’m so much more comfortable out there and it’s awesome. I’ve got a really great asset and my putting was much better than yesterday.”

Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open

Round 2 - Friday, 28 July 2017

Karrie Webb

Quick Quotes

Q. Usually a probably slightly disappointing score but in this, what do you feel?
KARRIE WEBB: Well, disappointing, because I bogeyed the last two. I fought really hard to be 1-over with two to go. Just a couple of bad swings and a couple of bad tee shots, really, that made it difficult to hit the greens.

Disappointed with that but obviously if you'd have told me before I teed off yesterday, that I would be 4-under, probably would have taken it. Hopefully the wind will stay up this afternoon and I won't be too far behind starting tomorrow.

Q. How was it going around? Was it much different from yesterday with the wind? Was it more blustery? What was it?
KARRIE WEBB: It was really cold this morning, and definitely a lot more -- the wind had a lot more strength to it. Holes that we were hitting driver and wedge into, that wasn't even a possibility this morning.

Definitely our first nine holes was definitely really difficult. I mean, it never really let up. Just as it warmed up, obviously you could hit the ball a little bit further. But yeah, it was challenging right all the way till the end.

It's only Friday night but a long way to go -- any time you have a chance to win, it's special.

Q. You must be pleased given the conditions.
KARRIE WEBB: Yeah, lunch isn't going to taste as good as it would have if I had parred the last two. But like I said, if you had given me 4-under before I teed off yesterday, I would have taken it.

Q. A bit difficult to maintain your patience and focus for 18 holes in this?
KARRIE WEBB: Yeah, I think our two rounds total is over 11 hours of golf. So you know, it's tough to maintain your focus and hit every shot good.

I just didn't probably make as many putts as I did yesterday. Like the putt on the last, I hit a very good putt there and it lipped-out. That was a little disappointing but I definitely made my share yesterday.

Q. How much has pace of play showed down from since when you started out here? Has it gotten a lot worse in the last few years?
KARRIE WEBB: Yes and no. You know, these are challenging conditions. We didn't have any spotters out there this morning, so you know, we hit it off the fairway and no one was up there to even help us out looking for a golf ball. If you're looking three or four minutes every time for a golf ball, it's hard to keep pace of play.

Q. And mentally, the challenge of these long rounds, it's difficult?
KARRIE WEBB: Yeah, definitely. I had a 4.30 wake-up call this morning, too. A nap this afternoon will probably do me good.

 

Sei Young Kim

Quick Quotes

Q. Level par round, in these conditions, is an excellent round. What are your thoughts?
SEI YOUNG KIM: Oh, today, when we got here, early morning, it was really cold temperature. So I'm wearing three or four jackets. Yeah, it was still cold. But yeah, it was a tough day and a strong wind on the course. But I played -- I was going to a really good score the front nine. I was 6-under.

But I missed hole 12. I had a 7 on the par five, so I got a little disappointed. But after that, much better, bounced back.

Q. The front nine, which was your back nine today, it's a much harder nine, isn't it, than the other nine.
SEI YOUNG KIM: Yeah, a little more, but more than the front nine, but the wind is still really strong. So it was tough to judge distance. Trying to get the right distance, that was a tough part of today.

Q. That was a really important birdie for you at the last to take you at level for the day. You're in a really good position heading into the weekend. What expectations do you have on yourself now?
SEI YOUNG KIM: Depends on the wind really on who is going to win this week. I think I just keep patience with what happens. I just play what I have -- I just focus on what I have to do. Yeah, we'll see.

Catriona Matthew

Quick Quotes

CATRIONA MATTHEW: It was probably a little harder out there today. Windier today I think. As I say, played well again today. Just no birdies, which makes it tough. I had a lot of chances, actually. Just couldn't quite get it in the hole.

Q. Putting difficult today in that wind?
CATRIONA MATTHEW: Putting is tough in the wind, yeah. But hopefully I'll hole some at the weekend.

Q. How do these conditions compare? Are they almost as bad as you've had here?
CATRIONA MATTHEW: I think this is worse than we've ever had here actually. Certainly the windiest we've had.

Q. Lydia Ko said it's the hardest she's ever played in anywhere.
CATRIONA MATTHEW: It was definitely windy. Some spots today were pretty -- it was just pretty windy.

Q. When you were younger, playing in Scotland all the time, you were used to this, but your game is more acclimatised to American golf now. Is it difficult to adjust again?
CATRIONA MATTHEW: Not really. I've been hitting my punch shots really well. Hopefully that may continue the next week and a half. But yeah, I suppose it takes you a little bit to get used to it. But you do; you never forget.

Mo Martin

Quick Quotes

Q. You started the day at 5-over par, probably around the cut line and you shot 70, 2-under par. How are you feeling?
MO MARTIN: Well, I feel fantastic about the last 27 holes, or actually 29 holes. Yesterday through seven holes, I was 8-over par. So I had a really bad start yesterday. Just hard to make a par.

Finally made a par on my sixth hole. And then 7, I think actually that's the only fairway I've missed. That might be the only fairway I missed. I missed it a little bit left and there wasn't a spotter left, and it was just over bunker and we actually saw it bounce, and we never found the ball.

So it was super unfortunate. That ended up being a triple-bogey. I was sitting at 8-over par, and conditions are just super hard out here. It's cold; it's windy. I just talked to my caddie, Craig, and we are both kind of like, I'm playing well. This is just one of those freak things.

So from that point on, so from No. 8 yesterday to getting done on 18 today, 5-under par. So that's super solid in these conditions. I can be my harshest critic, and I'm super proud of myself.

Q. 5-under par for the last 27 holes is amazing. Is it just everything, is it driving-wise, you only missed one fairway?
MO MARTIN: I putted like a dream today. I made some really nice par putts. I hit some good birdie putts, and you know, you've got to make good par putts in these conditions. You're going to, with the wind, the wind is really affecting the putts. I mean, it's adding break where there's no break. Really affecting the speeds, and it's just a tough design. The layout of the golf course is a tough design.

So I think you've got to putt well. You've got to be able to control your ball flight and the ball direction, and this is just challenging every element of every person's game.

Q. So when you're 8-over par, you're drawing on all your experience from winning the RICOH Women's British Open. It's unbelievable that you're back to three.
MO MARTIN: I know, it is.

Q. When you think about having won the RICOH Women's British Open on a links course, you've done well on links courses in the past; you have to draw on your experiences. What do you say to yourself?
MO MARTIN: I really just got back to, you've really got to see your shots in this wind. You've got to get creative. That's the one thing I like the most about it. We haven't played links and we haven't played in these conditions the entire year.

So I think was probably just locking back into it for me, locking back into that mentality, and it's a mentality I love. I'm really happy I came to play this week.

Q. Are these the hardest conditions you've played in before?
MO MARTIN: I would say in all for sure. It was super cold this morning. Super windy. We even stayed -- we stayed inside until about five minutes until my tee time. I was watching the tee box and I was stretching and staying inside, and I said to Craig, I said, this is the last time I'm going to be warm in about five hours.

But yeah, really, really tough. The wind this morning was howling. It had to have been around, I mean, 25, 30.

Q. I think it was gusting to 30?
MO MARTIN: The ball was borderline moving. Had the greens been any faster, the ball would have been moving. It was oscillating for sure. Had to back off a couple times. A couple times it came to rest and moved. Definitely I think if there was a little sprinkle, that by far would have been the hardest. But it was definitely up there, hardest conditions. Good layout, and I'm happy to be playing this week.

Charley Hull

Quick Quotes

Q. In terms of scoring, what would you say par is out there today?
CHARLEY HULL: I'm not sure really. A couple over but I felt like I played quite well today. Like I hit really well. I felt, like I played pretty good. I was missing my putts. It's one of them things. But I thought I played pretty good. Solid.

Q. Yesterday obviously it was also a difficult day. Do you feel like this is really good in terms of preparation for next week, as well?
CHARLEY HULL: Yeah, definitely. I'm struggling hitting a couple of low shots I feel because my wrist still hurts low shots hitting down, so I'm trying to ride the wind. Makes it tricky. But I was getting used to it, so now I'm getting my confidence up. Just one of them things. The golf course is quite firm, so when you hit down on it, it does hurt a little bit. But I'll be all right.

Q. We saw you yesterday flexing your hand.
CHARLEY HULL: Yeah, it hurts in positions, like it will hurt if I'm hitting down on it, or it will hurt if I'm like getting something out of my golf bag, didn't even think about it. It's weird. It's one of them things. It's near the end of the season, so I'll be able to rest it after Solheim or something.

Q. Do you still think of winning this tournament when you're 5-over?
CHARLEY HULL: Yeah, exactly, because I thought I hit it really, really good today, really solid. So I feel confident now.

Q. You started the day at 5-over, were you thinking about the cut mark or were you thinking you can challenge?
CHARLEY HULL: I was just thinking of staying in there because I knew how windy it was and I like playing in the wind when it's like that. I feel like I like to battle.

Lydia Ko

Quick Quotes

LYDIA KO: It blew way stronger than this when we teed off at 6.45. I missed like three one-yard putts in a row. I just couldn't stroke the putt. It was like all over the show.

Q. Did the ball move at all?
LYDIA KO: I think it was trying to. So you know, 1, the wind pushed it and then the next one, I tried to think the wind is will push it a little bit more but the wind didn't move it, and the next one, my stroke was all over the show. But it's so difficult. You think, keeping it to the ground, putting would be easy. But when it's this windy it's not.

When you're playing the Scottish or the British Open, it's something that you have to take account to, and I think there's a lot to learn from this week. I hit 13 fairways yesterday, just missed one and shot 2-over and I think I only missed like three or four today and shot seven. You don't get many birdie opportunities and when I did, I'm not holing it.

Q. So not much wrong with your game then?
LYDIA KO: I actually hit my drives really well. Just shows by that 13 fairways yesterday. If I did miss a fairway today, they were just in that cut line, only one pot bunker the last two days. I was driving it really well and hopefully I can bring that into next week. It's difficult but you just have to be patient. It's hard to be patient for that long.

Q. Is this as tough as you've experienced over here?
LYDIA KO: I think this is one of the windiest conditions I've played in. Especially because it is so wide open from like 10 to 13, there's no trees covering it, and normally when I played the British Opens, or even here a couple years ago, there was rain and that kind of softens up everything. It just makes it a touch easier than what it could be playing.

But I think today was probably one of the most difficult rounds I've played in my career, and I think just physically, mentally. You've just got to put a confident swing on it, and the ball, whatever the wind is doing, but just have to be stable. I think it's so important to be very grounded in the setup with the long game.

I don't know when we'll be driving to Kingsbarns. It's nice we don't have to book another flight. We can drive. This is actually a really nice golf course. I think no matter what happens, it's a great lead-up towards next week.

Q. Will you try to keep this on the schedule if the British Open is the week after?
LYDIA KO: I think so. It's nice to be able to see some of the fans here. I think they love their golf and you can see it by them coming out. Even when it's pouring with the rain and gailing with the wind, they are still out to cheer. Hopefully I'll be able to come back here next year and have a better performance.

Q. Any spare ribs?
LYDIA KO: I didn't get to try it. I asked one of the players and they didn't see it on the menu. Maybe they took it off. But that was my favourite thing on the menu.

 

Joanna Klatten

Quick Quotes

Q. How pleased are you with that round?

JOANNA KLATTEN: I’m really happy. I had a really good round. I was in great control of my game from tee to green and my driving was great. I live in Dallas now kind of and my swing coach, who I’ve had for three years over there, has really taught me how to play with the wind and I used to be terrible in the wind with a really high ball flight. He really taught me how to keep it low, even with the irons, so I haven’t played links golf in three years, because I didn’t play the last three British Opens, but I can tell the difference. I’m so much more comfortable out there and it’s awesome. I’ve got a really great asset and my putting was much better than yesterday.

 

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