Source: Agencies | 2012-9-16 | NEWSPAPER EDITION
CRISTIE Kerr slipped to a double bogey five on the par-3 ninth, her final hole, to spoil a strong morning's play in the delayed second round of the Women's British Open at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake yesterday.
The American golfer's 73 left her on 1 over 145 after two rounds, four strokes behind early leader Mika Miyazato of Japan, who added a 70 to her opening 71.
Compatriots Michelle Wie and Morgan Pressel are alongside Kerr on 145 after Wie added a 70 to her opening 75 and Pressel shot 73 after an opening-round 72.
Starting at the tenth, Kerr began with five pars, dropped a shot at the short 15th but then picked up birdies at the two par-5 Nos. 16 and 18 to be out in one under 36. She then played the next eight holes in par before letting it slip at the last.
Wie also started at the tenth hole and picked up three birdies on the way to the turn but dropped two shots to be out in 36 then picked up two more birdies on her back nine while dropping just one shot.
"It's nice to be in the mix and I'm excited about playing 36 holes tomorrow," said Wie. "We don't do that very often and at least I won't have to be up at 4am like this morning."
Miyazato picked up four birdies and dropped just two shots in her 70.
Her closest challenger among the early finishers was American Angela Stanford on level par after her second 72.
In Taipei, play in the second round of the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship was abandoned yesterday, as strong winds and rain caused by a passing typhoon lashed the island, organizers said.
The blustery and damp conditions at the Linkou International Golf and Country Club forced officials to reduce the US$500,000 event to a 54-stroke play tournament, the Asian Tour said in a statement.
Angelo Que of the Philippines holds the clubhouse lead with his first-round 7-under 65 while American Jason Knutzon, who was even-par through nine holes, took a share of second place alongside India's Gaganjeet Bhullar.