Amer­i­cans set pace as Matthew drops back

The Herald - Herald Sport - - Golf - EL­SPETH BURN­SIDE IN MALMO

CA­TRI­ONA MATTHEW was a mix­ture of bril­liance and medi­ocrity yes­ter­day, but she re­mained in con­tention at the half­way stage of the Scan­di­na­vian TPC at Barse­back, near Malmo, in Swe­den.

The Scot was out in one of the first groups on the course and was out on her own at the head of the field af­ter four birdies in a front nine of 33. But a dou­ble-bo­gey at the 10th prompted a long trek home in 41.

How­ever, a half­way to­tal of 145, one over par, kept her in the top 10 and she was the lead­ing Bri­tish player, one ahead of Eng­land’s Lisa Hall, and well within strik­ing range of the leader, Amer­i­can Laura Diaz.

Diaz fired a 70 to lead on five un­der with an­other of the spe­cial Amer­i­can in­vi­tees, Brit­tany Lin­ci­come, in sec­ond place on four un­der af­ter she birdied the fi­nal two holes for a 69. A US one-two does not bode too well for the Sol­heim Cup back in Swe­den next month.

Matthew, who clinched her fourth Sol­heim Cup cap with a top seven in last week’s Ri­coh Women’s Bri­tish Open at St An­drews, pro­vided an hon­est as­sess­ment of a round of two halves.

“I just didn’t play very well on the back nine,” she con­ceded. “I started re­ally well, but then I had a bad drive at the 10th, had to drop out and went into a cou­ple of bunkers. Then the shots just slipped away.”

The cut fell on six over and the other two Scots, Clare Queen and Kathryn Im­rie, both failed to make the week­end. ■ Scan­di­na­vian TPC, Barse­back GC (6536 yards. Par 72), Malmo, Swe­den (* de­notes ama­teur) Rd 2. 139 L Diaz (US) 69 70 140 B Lin­ci­come (US) 71 69 142 *C Hed­Wall (Swe) 70 72, J Scha­ef­fer (Fra) 70 72, Paula Marti (Spa) 73 69 143 L Stahle (Swe) 69 74, S Pet­tersen (Nor) 75 68 144 S Gustafson (Swe) 71 73, M Blomqvist (Fin) 68 76 145 M Hjorth (Swe) 70 75, C Matthew (Sco) 71 74, N Reis (Swe) 74 71, L Ca­ban­il­las (Spa) 75 70 146 L Hall (Eng) 73 73, V Lagout­teCle­ment (Fra) 75 71, I Tinning (Den) 76 70, A Soren­stam (Swe) 71 75, A Yang (Kor) 75 71, A Ty­bring (Swe) 73 73, E Esterl (Ger) 74 72, M Bag­Ger (Den) 74 72, L K Saether (Nor) 72 74, *P Lind­berg (Swe) 73 73 Oth­ers. 147 L Neu­mann (Swe) 73 74, T John­son (Eng) 74 73, K Tay­lor (Eng) 76 71 148 F More (Eng) 76 72 149 G No­cera (Fra) 74 75, F John­son (Eng) 76 73, R Hud­son (Eng) 73 76, G Simp­son (Eng) 73 76, K Matharu (Eng) 75 74 150 S Head (Eng) 77 73 Missed cut: 152 Clare Queen (Sco) 76 76 155 Kathryn Im­rie (Sco) 80 75,

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