News from Royal Birkdale


SOUTHPORT, England – A day of two halves on Friday at the Women's British Open as the 36 hole leaderboard is littered with players who had the late/early draw for Days 1 and 2. Their second rounds were played in fairly benign conditions on Friday morning, with the rain and wind kicking in at noon. It was pouring with rain at tea-time, the ground was a lot more saturated than you would expect on links land; driving our golf cart from the clubhouse to the television compound was a game of dodge the puddles.

It's hard to believe Yani Tseng has never led a major after any of the first three rounds prior to this week's Women's British Open. She has quickly rectified that stat this week and is now enjoying a comfortable four-shot advantage through two days. Tseng was brimming with confidence after her round today, and you have to think unseating the 36 hole leader is going to be a tough task. But, danger is lurking around every corner at Royal Birkdale.
Michelle Wie doubled the first on Friday after firing her first tee shot out of bounds. Catriona Matthew led the golf highlights on the BBC Friday evening sports bulletin with highlights of her 10 at the 13th which included four swipes out of the deep rough. The number of rounds in the 80's on Days 1 and 2 outweighs the number in the 60s by almost 2-to-1.

Paula Creamer was a good sport on Friday as she went through the motions of answering the same questions about her thumb from various television networks and journalists after her second round, before rushing off to see the doctor. She hopes to play the third round despite the pain and was keen to stress the same thing happened last week in Evian and she was back to normal the next morning.

Players have been notified that the LPGA Tour Championship will take place the first week of December in Orlando. The tour is not ready to confirm the venue just yet, although reports are that it'll be at Grand Cypress. This will mean a quick commute from Orlando to Dubai for many top players who plan on making the season-ending LET event part of their schedule.

And finally, women's golf isn't always given the respect it's due in the UK. A prime example came this evening on major network news here, the presenter mentioned a certain 'Cristie Kia and Brittany Lincicomie' as being on the leaderboard after Day 2.