July 28. 2017: Cristie Kerr fought back from a poor start to her second round at the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open to lead after 36 holes at five-under-par. As expected Aditi Ashok bounced back with a strong one under par 71 in the second round, but had to miss the cut by two strokes.
Despite her best efforts in round two with three birdies, Aditi could not make the cut at the testy Dundonald links course. Needing an eagle on the par-5 18th hole, Aditi was forced to settle for par to end the week early.
The 86th ranked Indian was at the receiving end of the rough side of the draw on a wet Thursday, leaving herself too much to do in the second round. As reported earlier, Aditi shot an 80 in the first round. The valiant girl ended the tournament with a seven under total of 151 through 36 holes.
Kerr battled the strong winds to shoot a one-over par 73 and leapfrog Karrie Webb to sit atop the leaderboard. A double bogey at the par-5 third hole, as well as bogeys on six and 11 saw Kerr quickly falling down the leaderboard midway through her round
However, the experienced American went on to make back-to-back birdies on 13 and 14, as well as a birdie at 17 to finish the day at five-under. “It was tough,” Kerr said. “I hit it so well yesterday, and I mean, that shows you the difference.
“I didn’t hit it that great today but I still managed. My caddie and I managed the golf course well, and we made the recovery shots when we needed to. So (I’m) just going to go hit a few balls and try to find the feel. It’s hard when you play back-to-back in heavy wind with the swing, but we’ll work on it.”, said Kerr.
Karrie Webb, who led after round one, couldn’t recreate her impressive seven-under par, 65, today as she posted a three-over par, 75, to drop back to four-under for the tournament. The Australian had to combat the challenging early morning conditions, and did so fairly well until her final two holes, where she made bogey.
“(I’m) disappointed with that but obviously if you’d have told me before I teed off yesterday, that I would be four-under, probably would have taken it,” said Webb. “Hopefully the wind will stay up this afternoon and I won’t be too far behind starting tomorrow.
“(It’s) disappointing, because I bogeyed the last two. I fought really hard to be one-over with two to go. Just a couple of bad swings and a couple of bad tee shots, really, that made it difficult to hit the greens.”