Winner of the 2001 Cup Noodles Hawaiian Ladies Open, Matthew took low score honors after posting a two day total of 9-under-par 135 while matching her career-low round of 65 in the process.
Gripping her 4-wood she birdied the first two holes of the day. But it was while using her 7-wood that she experienced the grandest results.
I just got a good bounce and it popped in the hole, Matthew said of the hole-in-one she recorded on the 215-yard par 3 15th. Her efforts were rewarded with a high five from the other players in her group and husband/caddy for the week Graeme.
This was the 31-year-olds second career hole-in-one. Her first was recorded during the now defunct J.C. Penney mixed-team event.
Matthew is having a very respectable year on the LPGA Tour. I think I am probably driving the ball better and my short game is improving.
Though her game is seemingly effortless at times, it has proved inconsistent in majors before. This year is no different.
The native Scotswoman missed the cut at the 2001 Nabisco Championship, tied for 4th during the 2001 U.S. Womens Open - enabling her to play in the next to last group during the final round - and finished the McDonalds LPGA Championship tied for 30th.
Tomorrow Matthew will play with first round leader Janice Moodie in the last group for the first time in a major and she wont be alone while doing so. The group will be followed by a slew of family and friends.
Ive got bus loads coming from Scotland, Moodie said.
Moodie, now tied for second with Mi Hyun Kim and Trish Johnson at 7-under-par, recorded 67-70=137 on her way there.
It was an early day for Moodie who got up a 4:45 a.m. local time to start her day. By 8:15 a.m. she was teeing it up for the second time and the beginning of the second round.
I kind of just rolled with the punches out there,
Back-to-back bogies on the closing holes denied her the chance of remaining in the lead. I had a couple of nice birdies there on 14 and then 15, Moodie reflected. And then unfortunately I bogeyed 17 and 18. I wouldnt put it down to tiredness or anything. I hit good shots and they just didnt pay off.
Johanna Head wrapped up the day at 6-under 68-70=138 and is in sole possession of fifth place while American Rosie Jones held on to sixth place with her two-day total of 5-under 70-69=139.
Karrie Webb was another player to make a substantial move on the leaderboard. Webb followed a dismal first round score of 74 with a second round 67 - moving from a tie for 58th to a tie for 13th at 3-under-par.
Conversely, archrival Annika Sorenstam, who like Webb weathered a late on-site arrival and heavy rains, played her way out of a tie for 6th ' where she began her day ' and into a tie for 39th. Sorenstam recorded a two-day total of even par 70-74=144 leaving her unwanted ground to make up in the next two days.
Kudos to Suzann Pettersen, one of the Evian Tours hot new rookies.
The 20-year-old, who has committed to play in Europe next year, recorded 8-under-par 64 during the second round bettering her first day score by 14 strokes and moving from 117th position to 22nd.
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