TROON, Scotland — As though Royal Troon isn’t taking part in onerous sufficient for the arena’s best feminine golfers this week, Dani Holmqvist goes across the wind-swept Scottish hyperlinks sporting a nagging again damage from a cart crash in 2018.
It’s not preventing the Swedish golfer, who leads the Ladies’s British Open after two rounds.
On some other difficult day when first-round chief Amy Olson shot an 81 — 14 strokes worse than Thursday — and stars like Lexi Thompson, Brooke Henderson and protecting champion Hinako Shibuno overlooked the lower, Holmqvist shot a 1-under-par 70 in windy morning stipulations to be the one participant beneath par after 36 holes.
Her two-day general of 141 left Holmqvist a stroke forward of Austin Ernst of the US (70) and Sophia Popov of Germany (72). The remainder of the 144-strong box had been over par for a event being performed with out spectators and in an remoted setting at the southwest coast because of the pandemic.
Holmqvist, 32, has apparently pop out of nowhere, after having overlooked the lower in 13 of the 20 occasions she performed since November 2018, when the golfing cart through which she used to be driving on the Blue Bay tournament at the LPGA Excursion misplaced keep watch over and slammed right into a wall. The crash ended in a badly infected side joint in Holmqvist’s again that has required a couple of injections and common rehab.
“It’s a protracted procedure and really tedious,” she stated. “It’s an on a regular basis factor.”
Shooting a primary main identify — certainly, a primary skilled win on the senior stage — may not be simple, and no longer simply on account of how tricky and lengthy Troon is taking part in in winds that ceaselessly achieve 50-m.p.h.
Two strokes at the back of Holmqvist at 1-over-par are former global No. 1 Lydia Ko (71) and present No. Eight-ranked Minjee Lee, who shot 69 to tie for the bottom around on Friday. An additional shot again is No. Four-ranked Nelly Korda after her around of 72.
“We had been like, ‘Are you scared over 1-footers, too, with this wind?’ Korda stated, regarding a dialog she had with taking part in spouse Georgia Corridor, the 2018 champion. ”As a result of we had been like shaking over it with wind and the gusts.”
After what she described as the most efficient ball-striking around of her occupation to shoot 67 on Thursday, Olson got here again to earth with a 10-over around that incorporated six bogeys on her first 10 holes prior to double-bogeys at Nos. 11 and 14.
The American parred her approach house to restrict the wear and received’t really feel out of it at 6-over.
It has proved to be every week to omit for Lexi Thompson, who shot 78 on Thursday and 75 on Friday to omit the lower by way of two strokes. She have shyed away from the ignominy of being penalized for the usage of the pinnacle of her membership to push away lengthy grass from her ball at the 16th hollow of her first around.
“Following a dialogue between leader referee David Rickman and the participant previous to her signing her scorecard,” the R&A stated in a observation Friday, “it used to be decided that, despite the fact that the participant had moved a rising herbal object at the back of her ball, it had returned to its authentic place.
“Due to this fact, the lie of the ball used to be no longer stepped forward and there used to be no breach of Rule Eight.1.”