(Turnberry, Scotland, August 9 2002) Sweden’s Carin Koch heads into the weekend of the £1,000,000 Weetabix Women’s British Open sharing the lead on eight under par and determined to emulate her aggressive attitude that helped win The 2000 Solheim Cup for Europe.
Koch, who has a flawless three-point record in the biennial event, rattled off a second consecutive four under par 68, this time in conditions more akin to the Ailsa courses true characteristics beside the Firth of Clyde.
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Bogies at the seventh and ninth saw her slip back, but after another birdie at the 12th and a succession of pars, she was surviving at nine under par. However, a three putt from the fringe at the final hole meant she had made her first cut in a major championship – and she was tied for the lead.
“Everything started off good and I was in control and then the wind started picking up. All of a sudden, it started getting really cold and I just lost control of my drives,” said Kung, who injured a young spectator’s hand with her drive at the tenth hole.
“It’s good though, I made my first cut in a major and it’ll be fun tomorrow – I can’t wait to see what the weather is going to be like!”
Webb made a solid bid at lifting her sixth major title with a battling 71 in the windy conditions.
Despite being 12,000 miles from her hometown of Ayr in Queensland, the 27-year-old played like she grew up on Scotland’s Ayrshire coastline as she demonstrated her full repertoire of shots to survive the tougher second round conditions.
Webb hit a six iron to fifteen feet and made eagle at the 462-yards par five third hole, setting her up for a scintillating day. But bogeys at the eighth and ninth during the toughest par of her round kept her score honest and with a bogey at the windswept tenth, she slipped out of the lead.