Matthew blazes to the front

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A week after escaping from a fire, Catriona Matthew is out in front at the Ricoh Women’s British Open.

England’s Karen Stupples is the only home player to win the Women’s British Open since 1991, but Scot Catriona Matthew could change that this weekend –
just 10 weeks after giving birth to her second daughter.
Forty later this month, Matthew goes into the third round at Royal Lytham this afternoon tied for the lead with Italian Giulia Sergas on three under par after a stunning inward run on Friday of eagles and birdies.
Both leaders were in brilliant form with 67s yesterday, Sergas’ five birdies in six holes on the back nine being trumped by what Matthew achieved.
Back-to-back eagles, the second of them a hole-in-one, and then four birdies gave the four-time Solheim Cup player a seven under inward 30 which was a record for both the championship and the famous links.
There was an environmentally friendly spin-off from this amazing scoring burst, especially coming as it did in a major.
It triggered a pledge by sponsors Ricoh to plant over 1,000 trees – one for each birdie, five for an eagle and 1,000 for her ace.
Matthew is back at the scene of her victory in the British women’s amateur title in 1993, but on the last two stagings of the Open at the course she has missed the cut each time.
Her best opportunity to win the trophy came at St Andrews only two years ago. She was only one behind world number one Lorena Ochoa at St Andrews, but then crashed to a third-round 80.
She said: “I think you do learn from those things – learn to probably hang in there a bit better and stay more patient. The wind kind of blew off course a little bit.”
She and her husband-caddie Graeme are certainly appreciating how lucky they are to be in such a position at the moment.
Ten days ago in France they escaped a burning apartment block, Graeme burning his feet as they got out, and were counting their blessings that their two girls Katie and Sophie were not with them at the time.
“If we had all been there we would have been just exhausted and asleep,” she commented.
Star attraction Michelle Wie was still very much in contention until she took two in a fairway bunker on the 18th and double-bogeyed for a 76 and five-over aggregate.
She and German Sandra Gal – who after leading with a 69, collapsed to an 80 to be on the same mark – still made the cut comfortably.
France’s Gwladys Nocera, last year’s European Tour number one, made a 17-stroke improvement on her opening round but still crashed out. Her first round score was an inexplicable 91, after all.
All the second round scores & totals in the Ricoh Women’s British Open, Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club, Lytham St. Annes, Lancashire, England.
(USA unless stated, par 72):

(x) denotes amateurs
141 Catriona Matthew 74 67, Giulia Sergas (Ita) 74 67
142 Yuko Mitsuka (Jpn) 71 71
143 Song-hee Kim (Kor) 70 73
144 Yani Tseng (Tai) 74 70, Christina Kim (USA) 73 71, Kyeong Bae (Kor) 73 71
145 Sophie Gustafson (Swe) 74 71, Marianne Skarpnord (Nor) 76 69
146 Jane Park (USA) 74 72, Ai Miyazato (Jpn) 75 71, Angela Stanford (USA) 70 76, Hee Young Park (Kor) 71 75
147 Se Ri Pak (Kor) 76 71, Shinobu Moromizato (Jpn) 74 73, Cristie Kerr (USA) 76 71
148 Paula Creamer (USA) 74 74, Maria Hjorth (Swe) 72 76, Karrie Webb (Aus) 77 71, Inbee Park (Kor) 76 72, Mika Miyazato (Jpn) 76 72, Jiyai Shin (Kor) 77 71, Kristy McPherson (USA) 74 74, Meena Lee 74 74
149 Michelle Wie (USA) 73 76, MJ Hur (Kor) 76 73, Karin Sjodin (Swe) 75 74, Young Kim (Kor) 78 71, Sandra Gal (Ger) 69 80, Morgan Pressel (USA) 77 72, Vicky Hurst (USA) 74 75
150 Martina Eberl (Ger) 75 75, Momoko Ueda (Jpn) 74 76, Hee-won Han (Kor) 77 73, Michele Redman (USA) 75 75, Irene Cho (USA) 77 73, Jade Schaeffer (Fra) 79 71, Stacy Prammanasudh (USA) 75 75, Brittany Lincicome (USA) 77 73, Eun Hee Ji (Kor) 76 74, Samantha Head 74 76
151 Brittany Lang (USA) 81 70, Becky Morgan 80 71, Na Yeon Choi (Kor) 80 71, Teresa Lu (Tai) 75 76, In-kyung Kim (Kor) 81 70
152 Sarah Lee (Kor) 75 77, Sun Young Yoo (Kor) 79 73, Katie Futcher (USA) 75 77, Lee-Anne Pace (Rsa) 75 77, Jeong Jang (Kor) 79 73, Lorena Ochoa (Mex) 75 77, Laura Diaz (USA) 76 76, Christel Boeljon (Ned) 79 73, Katherine Hull (Aus) 75 77, Shanshan Feng (Chi) 80 72, Il Mi Chung (Kor) 76 76, Carmen Alonso (Spa) 75 77, Emma Zackrisson (Swe) 75 77, Allison Hanna-Williams (USA) 76 76
153 Kris Tamulis (USA) 78 75, Yuri Fudoh (Jpn) 80 73, Anna Nordqvist (Swe) 78 75, Jinyoung Pak (Kor) 80 73, Reilley Rankin (USA) 77 76, Anne-Lise Caudal (Fra) 75 78, Ursula Wikstrom (Fin) 74 79, Laura Davies 79 74, Louise Stahle (Swe) 77 76, Vicki Laing 73 80
—————-The following players failed to make the cut———————-
154 Suzann Pettersen (Nor) 76 78, Juli Inkster 78 76, Helen Alfredsson (Swe) 78 76, Janice Moodie 77 77, Natalie Gulbis (USA) 79 75, Ji Young Oh (USA) 82 72, Lindsey Wright (Aus) 80 74, Jimin Kang (Kor) 79 75, Sarah Kemp (Aus) 80 74, Shi Hyun Ahn (Kor) 78 76, Ashleigh Simon (Rsa) 79 75, (x) Caroline Hedwall (Swe) 79 75, Sophie Walker 78 76, Pat Hurst 80 74
155 Becky Brewerton 77 78, Amy Yang (Kor) 83 72, Alena Sharp (Can) 86 69, Candie Kung (Tai) 79 76, Marta Prieto (Spa) 78 77, Karine Icher (Fra) 77 78
156 Iben Tinning (Den) 80 76, Shiho Ohyama (Jpn) 77 79, Amy Hung (Tai) 83 73, Lydia Hall 83 73, Federica Piovano (Ita) 79 77, Bettina Hauert (Ger) 81 75, Johanna Westerberg (Swe) 80 76, Beatriz Recari (Spa)
157 Johanna Mundy 78 79, Nicole Castrale (USA) 80 77, Nikki Garrett (Aus) 83 74, Wendy Ward (USA) 81 76, Mi-jeong Jeon (Kor) 78 79, Stacy Lewis (USA) 79 78, Stephanie Michi (Aut) 80 77
158 Jill McGill (USA) 77 81, Heather Young (USA) 80 78, Tania Elosegui (Spa) 76 82
159 Moira Dunn (USA) 80 79, Henrietta Zuel 81 78, Georgina Simpson 81 78, Emma Cabrera-Bello (Spa) 84 75, (x) Azahara Munoz (Spa) 83 76, Melissa Reid 81 78, Karen Stupples 82 77, (x) Carlota Ciganda (Spa) 81 78, Haeji Kang (Kor) 80 79, Anna Rawson (Aus) 82 77, seon Hwa Lee(Kor) 82 77
160 Anna Grzebien (USA) 84 76, Florentyna Parker 80 80, Stacy Bregman (Rsa) 76 84, Marjet van der Graaff (Ned) 82 78
161 Kris Tschetter (USA) 83 78, Jee Young Lee (Kor) 81 80, (x) Rebecca Flood (Aus) 83 78
162 Christine Hallstrom (Swe) 83 79, Yuko Saitoh (Jpn) 81 81, Nicole Gergely (Aut) 84 78
163 Chie Arimura (Jpn) 87 76, (x) Roseanne Niven 87 76, Minea Blomqvist (Fin) 83 80, (x) Rachel Jennings 80 83
164 Diana Luna (Ita) 83 81, Krystle Caithness 81 83
165 Gwladys Nocera (Fra) 91 74, Birdie Kim (Kor) 86 79, Meaghan Francella (USA) 85 80, Karen Lunn (Aus) 82 83
166 Paula Marti (Spa) 83 83
169 Breanne Loucks 83 86
RTD: Jin Joo Hong (Kor) 76

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