Matthew on course for plat­inum an­niver­sary win at Aus­tralian Women’s Open

The Herald - Herald Sport - - RUGBY, GOLF -

Two decades on from se­cur­ing her first tour ti­tle at the Aus­tralian Women’s Open of 1996, Ca­tri­ona Matthew was in the hunt again Down Un­der af­ter fin­ish­ing in a share of the half­way lead at The Grange.

Matthew, the 2009 Women’s Bri­tish Open cham­pion from North Ber­wick, added a three-un­der 69 to her open­ing 67 for an eight-un­der 136 and was head­ing into day three tied at the top with Eng­land’s for­mer Cur­tis Cup player Holly Cly­burn.

“I think that’s the beauty of golf,” said the 46-year-old Scot. “Age isn’t a bar­rier. I would say my game is get­ting bet­ter ac­tu­ally. You’re al­ways work­ing on some­thing, you’re never happy as a golfer.”

Cly­burn, 25, surged up the leader­board with a 65 while Matthew’s card in­cluded an ea­gle on her first hole. The Bri­tish duo were a shot clear of Caro­line Mas­son, Xiyu Lin, Haru No­mura and Jenny Shin. Glas­gow’s Kylie Walker ea­gled her fi­nal hole in a 70 to share 11th on 140 along­side the world No 1, Ly­dia Ko.

In the May­bank Cham­pi­onship Malaysia on the Euro­pean Tour, Stephen Gal­lacher ended a run of three suc­ces­sive missed cuts and was ly­ing in­side the top-20 head­ing into day three in Kuala Lumpur.

In an event­ful round which started with a dou­ble-bo­gey, the for­mer Ry­der Cup player packed in three birdies, an ea­gle and two bo­geys en route to a one-un­der 70 for a fou­run­der 138 and a share of 18th.

At the head of the field, Aus­tralia’s Nathan Hol­man added a 65 to his open­ing 64 to reach 13-un­der-par and fin­ish two shots clear of Eng­land’s Richard Bland.

LIN­ING IT UP: Ca­tri­ona Matthew is sit­ting joint top of the leader­board at The Grange with Eng­land’s Holly Cly­burn

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