Pace falls back in London team tournament

After a fine opening 68, Lee-Anne Pace slipped to a three-over-par 76 on Friday in the second round of the Ladies European Tour’s Aramco Team Series-London.

That saw her slide down the individual leaderboard into a share of 20th at two-under for the 54-hole tournament, nine shots behind the leader Georgia Hall of England. Hall had a narrow one-shot edge over Thailand’s Atthaya Thitikul, with Norway’s Marianne Skarpnord in third a further two shots back on eight-under.

Team Pace also slipped after an opening 16-under for the team of three professionals and one amateur. With the best two scores to count, they managed just two-under in the second round to finish on 18-under in a share of 16th, 11 shots off the leading 29-under set by Team Cowan headed by Germany’s Olivia Cowan.

The quartet of Cowan, Sarina Schmidt, Diksha Dagar and Andrew Kelsey opened their tournament with 14-under-par, which left them in third place overnight, and they followed up with an even better round at Centurion Club.

Team captain Cowan said: “My team-mates carried the team today – they were rolling in so many putts. I was just on the sidelines! We are just going to go out tomorrow and we are going to do the exact same as we have been doing the last two days. We are just going to go and have fun – have a great time out there, hole some putts and hopefully get the trophy at the end.”

Hall fired the round of the day as she carded a bogey-free nine-under-par 64 and rolled in five birdies and two eagles. “I played really well and managed to hole some good putts,” she said. “I hit it really close, my long game was much better today, and I managed to take advantage of no wind. Hopefully, I will have a good one tomorrow. It is always nice to have two eagles.”

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