Alice Hewson, on the hunt for a second Ladies European Tour title, holds a tight halfway lead after mixing nine birdies with a lone bogey in a second round 64 – watch live Saturday from 10am on the Sky Sports Golf YouTube channel
by Ali Stafford
Last updated: 21/05/11 15:59
Alice Hewson produced a brilliant second round to take the lead in one fell swoop this weekend at the Ladies European Tour’s Aramco Saudi Ladies International.
The 24-year-old has birdwatched seven of her last 10 holes to close an eight under 64 at the Royal Greens Golf and Country Club, bringing her to nine under and one shot by Finland’s Sanna Nuutinen.
Former world number 1 Lydia Ko is two off the pace alongside Swedish duo Linnea Strom and Caroline Hedwall, while overnight co-leader Carlota Ciganda is in group four behind which contains Race to Costa del Sol leader Atthaya Thitikul and the Englishman Hannah Burke.
Hewson nullified an opening hole birdie with a dropped shot on the fourth, but then took a par 4 sixth shot and recorded consecutive gains around the corner.
Three straight birdies from 12th lifted Hewson within a pitch from Nuutinen, who had set the clubhouse goal after four birdies in a five-hole stretch helped her to a 65, only for Hewson who then finished with consecutive gains and moved one forward.
Hedwall is less than three from the lead despite a double bogey on par 5 13 and Strom dropped to seven under after two bogeys on his back-nine, while Ko mixed five birdies with three birdies to complete the trio in a tie third.
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Anna Nordqvist sits on four under and Minjee Lee is in the group seven shots back, while Dame Laura Davies is one of a trio of English players on two under as Bronte Law slips back nine shots after a 73.
Georgia Hall has taken a birding in her final three holes to recover a 69 and go even on the weekend, while reigning champion Emily Kristine Pedersen is also in the group tied in 33rd place after one under 71.
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