Two of the most exciting young players in world golf will share the lead heading into day 2 of the 2016 RACV Ladies Masters at Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast.
Canadian Brooke Henderson, 18 and 22 year old Nicole Broch Larsen from Denmark are without question two of the most talented young players on the world stage, and if the weekend shapes up as is looking currently the 2016 version of the RACV Ladies Masters could end up being one of the most fiercely competitive in recent history. The young stars both shot rounds of 6 under par 67 to share the lead with Frenchwoman Marion Ricordeau
Henderson, was out of the blocks quickly after her 7:15am start this morning making birdies at each of her first 3 holes from the 10th, and made further birdies at the par 5’s 15 and 18 to make the turn in 5 under par 32. A further birdie at the 1st saw her 6 under par through ten holes, however a stumble at the par 4 6th hole where she missed the fairway and made bogey sent her back to 5 under, before yet another birdie at the par 5 9th hole saw her in the clubhouse lead at 6 under par. Henderson was delighted with her start. “Yes. It's a great start to this tournament and going into this week my goals, they're off to a fast start because I'm normally kind of leaving it to the last minute to climb the leader board. It's a good start and I hit the ball extremely well today and was able to capitalise on quite a few birdie opportunities. So, hopefully I will continue to do that in the next three days.”
Broch Larsen, from Hillerod in Denmark, is the third highest ranked player in the Rolex Rankings competing this week behind Henderson and former world number 1 Jiyai Shin at 69.
In her third season on the Ladies European Tour the talented young Dane was obviously delighted with her round, and despite playing with an injured hand was not surprised by her strong form today “I feel like my game is getting better and better going these three weeks down here in Australia and so, no. It is not out of the blue. With my preparation yesterday, I didn't really know what to expect because I couldn't really practise and I didn't know how bad this hand was today but it was a good round even though I started with a bogey” Larsen had not been sure if she would be able to play this week after she struck her hand on a ceiling fan earlier in the week. An ex-ray had assured her that there was nothing broken and though still swollen, Broch Larsen was able to play with her hand heavily bandaged and was relieved just to be able to play” No it is not painful. I can hit and I can play”
Broch Larsen, who broke through for her first LET win at the Gothenburg Masters last year was happy her recent hard work had paid dividends today” I was not happy with the way my 2015 season ended, I struggled with my swing a little bit but have worked really hard in my off season and it felt really solid today. I have also been working really hard on my short game, normally I'm quite a good ball striker but I can definitely earn a lot of strokes in my wedge and short game. Today I had three up and downs from the bunker and two good saves outside the greens.”
Ricordeau’s blemish free round was comfortably the best of the afternoon starters, no doubt she will be hoping for similar conditions to this morning when she tees off the tenth tee at 8:05 tomorrow morning.
One stroke behind the leaders is a group of four players at 5 under par including former world number one Jiyai Shin.
The early starters today certainly made the best of the benign morning conditions, while the afternoon starters had to contend with a moderate northerly breeze which dried the greens out making them much firmer than for the morning wave.
Round 2 will start tomorrow morning at 6:45am
Other notable scores;
Jiyai Shin 68
Stacey Keating 69
Su Oh 71
Rebecca Kay (a) 71
Cheyenne Woods 75
Laura Davies 76
For all today’s scores go to http://alpg.com.au/tournament.php?id=4261&pid=1150&sec=lb
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