Flaw­less Ar­dina at helm in El Do­rado tilt

The Philippine Star - - SPORTS -

Dot­tie Ar­dina fired a bo­gey-free five-un­der 67 to gain a share of the lead with Rachel Ro­hanna of the US at the start of the Mur­phy USA El Do­rado Shootout at Mys­tic Creek course in Arkansas Fri­day.

Ar­dina rolled in a 30-footer on the ninth to high­light her solid 33-34 card, giv­ing the Filip­ina shot­maker a rare spot in the lead in her Symetra Tour cam­paign.

Ro­hanna matched that 67 with a six-bo­gey, one-bo­gey feat, spiked by four straight birdies from No. 4.

Their 67s tied the tour­na­ment record for low­est 18-hole round.

They took a one-stroke lead over Ce­line Boutier of France, who shot a 68 while Han­nah Green of Aus­tralia and Cana­dian Au­gusta James stood another stroke back with 69s.

Four­teen play­ers carded un­der-par rounds in ideal con­di­tions but only Ar­dina churned out a flaw­less round.

“The plan was just to make par and get out of there (on No. 9),” said Ar­dina, who placed sev­enth in Tul­ly­more Clas­sic last month. “I just wanted a two-putt and it was an uphill and down­hill putt so my mom (her cad­die) just said to get it close. But it went in so that was a nice bonus.”

Ar­dina fin­ished eighth here last year.

“You have to do a lot of course man­age­ment and hit the ball where you will have the eas­i­est spot to putt,” said Ar­dina, who also cam­paigns on the LPGA Tour. “The greens are very tricky, it re­minds me a lot of Pine­hurst.”

Ar­dina played Pine­hurst about 10 years ago in the US Kids, which she dom­i­nated a num­ber of times.

She opened with birdies on Nos. 10 and 18, then gunned three more at the front – Nos. 4, 7 and 9.

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