Adelaide, February 17: Malaysia’s Kelly Tan shot a second round one-under-par 72 to comfortably make the cut at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open at Royal Adelaide.
Tan lies on three-under-par going into the weekend, six shots off the lead held by Australia’s Sarah Jane Smith.
Smith holds a one shot lead at 9-under from a host of chasers including Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum (-8) and Taiwan’s Min Lee (-7).
China’s Xi Yu Lin (-6) and South Korea’s Chella Choi (-5) are also well within striking distance with two rounds to play at the par-73 Royal Adelaide Golf Course in South Australia.
Phatlum followed an opening round 5-under 68 with a 3-under 70 today to put her in a four-way tie for second with Sweden’s Caroline Hedwell and Americans Lizette Salas and Marissa Steen
Searching for her first LPGA win, Phatlum said although she loved the Par 73 Royal Adelaide layout, the wind was challenging.
“Today I just tried to play with confidence,” the World No. 44 said.
“I just go out to have fun and enjoy the course.”
Michelle Wie is on 5-under after a solid second round and is one of eight Americans in the top 20.
First round leader Katherine Kirk, of Australia, fired a one-over 74 to be two shots from the lead on 7-under.
World No. 2 Ariya Jutanugarn and defending champion Haru Nomura are seven shots off the pace on 2-under while world No.1 Lydia Ko and Canadian teenage star Brooke Henderson finished just inside the cut line on even par.
Five-time Australian Open Winner Karrie Webb and former world No.1 Laura Davies both missed the cut.
Story by Andrew Spence