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Australian Open day two highlights

Stacy Lewis has had some bunker troubles.

Stacy Lewis has had some bunker troubles. Photo: Getty Images


World No.1 Yani Tseng didn’t make much headway on Friday, but her drive on the par-four 11th hole was from the top shelf. The Taiwanese star crunched her drive 315 metres, leaving herself just 26m to the pin. Unfortunately her chip wasn’t of the same quality, and she settled for par. Tseng is the only player to drive more than 300m on the hole this week.


Mariajo Uribe’s two bogey-free rounds so far were pretty impressive, but it’s time to give unheralded Australian Rebecca Artis some love. The 24-year-old from Coonabarabran is in a tie for eighth at seven-under after a second round 67. Her two bogeys were offset by eight birdies. Not bad for a player who’s won just $42,579 on the ALPG Tour in four years.


Zero. The number of cuts Karrie Webb has missed at tournaments in Australia in her decorated career. But the world No.12 came dangerously close to having a weekend off for the first time after she backed up her round one 71 with a 74 on Friday. One-over proved just enough to survive the 20-player cut after a couple of rival players dropped shots late in the day.


“I asked Lydia [Ko] ‘how old are you’? She’s nine years younger than me. It make it a little sad for me, because I feel like I’m still young but when I play with her, not anymore.

- JIYAI SHIN isn’t the only player suffering an early mid-life crisis this week thanks to LYDIA KO.

“He’s the best caddy I’ve ever had. I shouldn’t really say that because dad will probably be a little offended,  but he’s fantastic.’’

-West Australian KRISTIE SMITH, who now has Simon Clarke on her bag after ending a long association with her father, Wayne.

“I did something like back when I was 17 back in Colombia and I was an amateur. I shot six-under and 10-under without having bogeys.’’

- Australian Open leader MARIAJO URIBE when asked how long it’s been since she last went through two rounds without a bogey.


The ACT Brumbies are due to start their season on Saturday night against Queensland, and they may have a new supporter already in Katherine Hull.  The affable Hull was only too happy to give Brumbies players Peter Kimlin and Ian Prior a few tips on the driving range on Wednesday. Queenslander Hull is a ‘banana bender’ through and through, but she told the boys she plans on barracking for them when she heads to Canberra Stadium to watch the game. “I promise I’ll be cheering for you guys, even though I’m from Queensland,’’ she laughed.


World No.3 Stacy Lewis made every hacker feel a lot better after she made a mess of her bunker play on the par-three 13th. Lewis needed two shots to extract herself from the sand, and eventually signed off with  a double-bogey.


Australian Stephanie Na and American Wendy Ward must have had an inkling they wouldn’t need their golf clubs this weekend. The pair will jump on a RAAF hot air balloon at 6am on Saturday morning to catch a glimpse of the Canberra terrain.


She’ll be hoping she doesn’t suffer from the same ‘‘yips’’ this weekend, but Kristie Smith credited Ian Baker-Finch for helping her with her game. Smith stays regularly at his house in Florida, and the pair play the nice courses in the area. “He hates it when I out-drive him,’’ Smith said.

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