Campbell signed for a four-under-par, 68, and will be trying to chase down Swede Carin Koch and Rolex World No. 5 Shanshan Feng of China at the Emirates Golf Club.
The Canberra golfer got to a flying start, posting five birdies in her first nine holes to make the turn at five-under-par. However, her momentum was halted when she had a three-putt bogey on her 10th hole, the 1st hole. She quickly regained the dropped shot when she birdied the par 5, 3rd. Unfortunately another three putt on the par 4, 8th, saw her finish at four-under.
Putting and good ball striking were the keys to the 34-year-olds solid round, “My putter worked pretty well and I had a lot of good iron shots. I had a lot of chances. I think I hit 17 greens today, and the one I missed I was putting, anyway. So it was pretty good tee‑to‑green”.
Campbell believe playing the course last year has been helped this year, “Yeah, definitely this year, it's been nice to have actually played here previously, because you sort of know where certain pins are going to be, and sometimes where you don't want to hit it. So it's definitely better having played here before.”
Carin Koch was out early and carded eight birdies and two bogeys in her round of 66, while Feng was out in the afternoon wave and posted eight birdies and three bogeys. The pair hold a one shot lead over England’s Charley Hull, South African Lee-Anne Pace, Wales’ Becky Brewerton and South Korean amateur Lee Soyoung. Campbell shares seventh position with Germany’s Caroline Masson and Thailand’s Pornapong Phatlum.
Victorian Stacey Keating produced the shot of the day when she holed out at the 168 yard/154 metre par three, 4th hole. Keating used a 7-iron and said afterwards, “It’s always nice to see a 1 on the scorecard.”
Keating finished with a two-under-par 70 and is tied for 14th place and is the next best placed Australian. NSW’s Sarah Kemp and WA’s Whitney Hillier are a further shot back and share 26th place. Qld’s Bree Arthur is at even par and tied for 44th, while Victorian Alison Whitaker is at one-over and tied for 59th position.
The cut projected is currently at one-over-par, WA’s Minjee Lee is at two-over-par and has been struggling with jetlag this week. Hopefully she can find her form from last week when she finished on top of the leaderboard at the LPGA’s Q-School. Unfortunately Stephanie Na didn’t have a good day, she is tied for 104th at seven-over-par.