Pair of eagles carry Saiki to 66 at St. Andrews


ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – Miki Saiki picked a special time and place to make a pair of eagles in the same round for the first time in her career.

Saiki eagled the fourth and seventh holes at the Old Course at St. Andrews Friday in the second round of the Ricoh Women’s British Open to climb to the top of the leaderboard during the morning wave.

They weren’t your typical eagles with neither coming on a par 5.

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Saiki holed out from the fairway for both eagles on her way to a 6-under-par 66. She ended the day one shot back of Na Yeon Choi, who shot 67 to finish at 10 under.

Saiki holed an 8-iron from 179 yards at No. 4, and she holed a pitching wedge from 108 yards at No. 7.

“I would have wanted a low score this morning,” Saiki said of favorable conditions. “I wanted a more lower score, if I could have, but other than that, it was a great round.”

Saiki, 28, plays on the Japanese LPGA Tour, where she is a seven-time winner with two titles this year.