FANTASTIC FOLKE FIRES 62 TO LEAD KPMG IRELAND WOMEN’S OPEN HALFWAY

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Sweden’s Moa Folke shot an exceptional round of 62 (-10) and leads by two strokes at the halfway point of the KPMG Women’s Irish Open.

The second round was dubbed ‘Pink Friday’ in support of the National Breast Cancer Research Institute, a KPMG Women’s Irish Open charity partner, and everyone was encouraged to wear pink clothes with pink ribbons also provided.

It was a sensational day for the 27-year-old Swede who started with a birdie on the first then added another on the third before three in a row on holes six to eight to go around in 30 (-5).

One shot lost on 11e didn’t bother Folke as she then birdied four straight on holes 13-16 before ending her day with an eagle on the 18th.

“I don’t really know what happened! All the putts seemed to go today,” she says. “I made some really good shots and I’m just really happy. I don’t know if I can really understand what happened.

“Everything fell into place, I made a few mistakes but I ended up in good places and then I made a lot of putts. I think this is a course that sets up for aggressive play and it usually pays to be aggressive.I had that bogey where I went for the green and ended up dropping that shot, but it still worked.

“Whenever you’re in front of Linn [Grant], I think it was a good day. I think it’s fun to see that almost every week there is a Swede at the top, even after yesterday’s round. We all know each other and we are all happy when someone else is successful.

“The season is coming to an end and I, like the other players, need a good tournament. Making the cut was the first goal, so I didn’t have to worry about the 18th today and it “It was pretty good. Today I made it through my mistakes and I got lucky. Tomorrow is a new day and I’m going to keep going and follow the plan and we’ll see how it goes.”

Three players are tied for second place with Denmark’s Smilla Tarning Soenderby, Spain’s Carmen Alonso and Czech Klara Spilkova all at 10 under par.

After opening with a round of 69 (-3), Soenderby and Alonso produced rounds of 65 (-7) on day two at Dromoland Castle.

“It’s definitely my best run in terms of scoring as a professional, but actually not my best run in terms of hitting the ball,” said the Danish LET rookie, who scored eight birdies today. “My putter cooperated today which helped.

“The greens are around 11 on the stimpmeter and they are so consistent. Even this morning it was very dark when I got here to warm up on the green with the lights on, but it was still just as even.

“I’ve been close for quite a while; I had a good stretch for the last four tournaments. I knew a low score was coming if my putter worked well and today I put with confidence and landed a few putts.

“I want to keep doing what I’m doing, trusting my systems, staying present and having fun. I really want a top 10, I haven’t had a top 10 yet this season and that’s definitely my goal. for this week.

While Alonso had a similar day in the morning with just one bogey on his scorecard alongside six birdies and an eagle.

“What can I say about my day! I’m really happy with the round, I’m really happy with my caddy because she could see the lines today. said the Spaniard, who has friend Maria Beautell on her bag.

“She always does a great job and today was a bit difficult as it rained at times, but it’s September in Ireland and I’m happy to be here.

“For me more I have my friend on my bag and she is also a professional golfer. I have known Maria for about 24 years and for me to be with her she always helps with the lines and if it rains she helps always with the clothes, so everything is perfect.

“I really like the course. I can hit par-fives. I’m hitting long and putting is going well so let’s see what happens over the next two days. I have to do the same thing that I do every day, which is to focus on my routines, try to do my best and that’s it.

After starting the week with a round of 66, Spilkova followed that up with a 68 (-4) on day two with five birdies and a bogey on her card.

The LET winner said: The weather was a little different from yesterday; it was a bit windier, and we had a few showers, then I got hot then cold. It was an interesting day where the front nine was quite stable and the back nine was a little higher and lower.

“I think you have to be pretty good with everything, with your long game, your short game, your putt and be consistent with every part of your game and trust yourself and enjoy every part of the beautiful golf course in Ireland.”

Two players are tied for fifth place after 36 holes with Dutch golfer Anne Van Dam and Finland’s Ursula Wikstrom on nine under par after shooting rounds of 68 and 66, respectively.

Another player to shoot a round 66 on day two was Denmark’s Nicole Broch Estrup, who is tied for seventh on eight under par alongside Austria’s Christine Wolf.

Four players complete the top with England’s Felicity Johnson, Swedish duo Lina Boqvist and Elin Arvidsson and Austria’s Sarah Schober all one step further.

The cup fell to one under par with 63 players qualifying for the weekend at the KPMG Women’s Irish Open.

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