ISPS HANDA NZ WOMEN'S OPEN - DAY 2 UPDATES

28/02/2015

CHARLEY HULL transcript second round

Q: That was a big turnaround from yesterday, you will be pleased with the round obviously?
A: Yes I’m happy. You always believe you’ve left a few putts out there but I holed a fair few as well. I’m pretty happy with the way I’m hitting it and have got a few things I want to work on, but going into the final day I think I’m in a good position.
 
Q: Your putting was really on song. How many putts?
A: I think it was 26. I hit some good putts out there.
 
Q: Did the magical number 59 enter your head at any point?
A: It did after the 13th hole. I was 8-under and thought I could possibly get to 59.
 
Q: Both you and Lydia (Ko) talked yesterday about your trouble reading the greens. Obviously that turned around today – you got used to them?
A: Yeah, I think we did. Coming from Royal Melbourne last week the greens were so fast and really tricky. With these ones you can be a bit firmer and not allow so much break.
 
Q: Both you and Lydia got on a hot streak. Is it fun to play with a good friend and be rolling in birdies like you both did?
A: It was good. I played with her in the last two rounds last week and the first two rounds this week so there’s been a lot of birdies in the last four rounds we’ve played.
 
Q: Coming up the 17th you looked at the leaderboard. It must have been pleasing to get those two pars on the final two holes?.
A: I was on the green in regulation at the last but the up and down on 17 was pretty good. I didn’t really hit that much of a bad drive, but I didn’t catch it and it didn’t carry the bunker. I hit a good shot out of the bunker. I had like 110 yards so I hit a sand wedge and it spun back short of the green but I made a good up and down.
 
Q: You seem to improving with each round. The final round could be all go Ko and all go Charley?
A: Yeah, it should be good fun.
 
Charley Hull stalks 60; lies in second place 
 
Charley Hull (England), even though she was two adrift of world No. 1 Lydia Ko well into her second nine at the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women’s Open, briefly entertained thoughts of going under the 60 barrier after her fourth straight birdie at the 13th. 
 
Hull finished her morning round with an eight under 64 and lies in second place on 134, three behind Ko.

"It did enter my mind. I was eight-under and thought I could possibly get to 59.’’
She attributed her six-shot improvement from round one to better awareness on the greens.

"Coming from Royal Melbourne last week the greens were so fast and really tricky. With these ones you can be a bit firmer and not allow so much break.

"I think I had 26 putts. I hit some good putts out there so I’m pretty happy with the way I played.

"You always believe you’ve left a few putts out there, but I holed a fair few as well. Going into the final day I think I’m in a good position.’’

Hull and Ko matched birdies on 6, 10, 11, 12, and 13 while the third member of their group, Australian Su Oh, also birdied 6, 10 and 13. The threesome shared an eagle (Ko at the second) and 22 birdies in the first 13 holes.

Asked if the final could be an all go Ko and go Charley day, Hull replied: "Yeah, it should be good fun.
 
Master class from marquee group 
 
The marquee trio of Lydia Ko, Charely Hull and Su Oh are giving spectators a master class during the second round of the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women’s Open at Clearwater. 
 
Through 13 holes Ko has had an eagle, nine birdies and a bogey, Hull eight birdies and Oh six birdies and one bogey.

Ko leads at 12 under with Hull two back and Oh is in a tie for 31st at one under.
 
Ko leaves putting woes behind
 
Lydia Ko has put her putting woes from yesterday well behind her, and after dropping a shot on the first hole this morning she has gone on to record seven birdies and an eagle to move into second place through 10 holes at the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women’s Open at Clearwater.

Several of her birdies were from sinking tricky 12 foot plus putts as she becomes more accustomed to the slower greens compared with last week in Melbourne.

Almost matching Ko for the best round of the morning is Italy’s Giulia Sergas who was six under through her first 10, having started on 10. She was at 10 under, a shot ahead of Ko with two back to Charley Hull.

Ko eagle rectifies early mistake; Sergas leads
 
Lydia Ko bounced back immediately from her opening hole bogey with an eagle on the par 5, 387m, second hole, and a birdie two on the fourth to lift her into a tie for 6th at four under. Charley Hull (England) had her second consecutive on birdie on two to also move to four under.

At the top of the leaderboard Italy’s Giulia Sergas has birdied three of her opening four holes to move to seven under and a two shot lead.


Advantage Hull as Ko bogeys first hole

Before another impressive gallery Hull’s drive cut the corner on the first hole and she only had approximately 130m to the green whereas Ko’s drive was a slight fade leaving her 170m to the green. The third member of the group, Su Oh (Australia) had a par.
In comparison, world No. 1 Lydia Ko started with a bogey which has dropped her back to one under and a tie for 23rd.Charley Hull (England) got the start she wanted with a birdie on the first hole to take her to three under and tied for eighth at the start of the second day’s play in the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women’s Open in Christchurch this morning.

 
 
 
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