AIG Women's Open R2

Lindsey Weaver goes back to basics to move into contention at Royal Troon

August 20-23
Royal Troon Golf Club, Troon, Scotland
$4,500,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4



American Lindsey Weaver lies just two shots off the lead at the halfway stage of the AIG Women’s Open, despite opting to pull her own clubs on a malfunctioning trolley plucked from her parents’ garage.



As strong winds and rain continued to send scores soaring at Royal Troon, Weaver carded a second round of 72 to finish one over par alongside the likes of former world number one Lydia Ko.

Sweden’s Daniela Holmqvist was the only player in red figures after 36 holes, rounds of 71 and 70 leaving the 32-year-old on one under par, a shot ahead of America’s Austin Ernst and Germany’s Sophia Popov.

Overnight leader Amy Olson slumped from four under to six over following an 81 but still made the halfway cut with shots to spare. Solheim Cup captain Catriona Matthew is five over after adding a 76 to her opening 71.



Weaver almost quit the sport at the end of last season but was persuaded by her mother to give it one more go and finished fifth at the qualifying school to maintain her LPGA status.

Asked why she was not employing a caddie this week, Weaver told Sky Sports: “I feel like it’s back to the basics. This is how junior golf was, how college golf was and how it was on the Symetra Tour when I played there for a year.


“I would just do locals (caddies) in previous years so it was still me making the final decision, so it’s not really too different.”

It has not all been plain sailing however, Weaver revealing the strong winds had caused her an unusual problem in Thursday’s first round.

“I was in one bunker and then my push cart flew into another bunker and toppled over,” the 26-year-old added. “I’m still trying to get a lot of the sand out of my bag!

“I have brakes but they don’t work very well because my cart is more than a decade old.”

Daniela Holmqvist tees off on the 2nd (Jane Barlow/PA Wire)


Holmqvist, who is still plagued by a back injury suffered in a golf cart crash at the end of 2018, could follow in the footsteps of fellow Swede Henrik Stenson, who won the Open Championship when Troon last staged a major in 2016.

“I think it’s really cool,” Holmqvist said. “I just remember watching the last 18 holes there with Phil (Mickelson) and Henrik playing, and I think that was probably one of the best showdowns I’ve ever seen in major championship golf.

“It definitely has been a strange year. I’m coming off an injury and still injured, so for me this break has been kind of good to just be able to focus more, rehab and kind of just heal and get a little bit stronger so I can be out here to perform again.”



A second round of 75 meant Lexi Thompson missed the cut on 11 over par, but the American was at least cleared of a potential rules infringement during the first round.

A statement from the R&A read: “Yesterday, as part of its normal TV review procedures, The R&A viewed Lexi Thompson’s actions prior to playing her second shot at the 16th hole in round one of the AIG Women’s Open.

“Following a discussion between chief referee David Rickman and the player prior to her signing her scorecard, it was determined that, although the player had moved a growing natural object behind her ball, it had returned to its original position.

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“Therefore, the lie of the ball was not improved and there was no breach of Rule 8.1.”

During the ANA Inspiration in 2017, Thompson was leading by three shots during the final round when she was informed by tournament officials she would be penalised for an incident which took place the previous day.

Thompson was penalised two strokes for incorrectly replacing a marked

ball on the 17th green and another two for signing an incorrect scorecard after a television viewer had alerted LPGA officials to the incident via email.

Wales’s Becky Morgan was alongside Matthew on five over par, with 2018 winner Georgia Hall two shots further back following a birdie-free 76.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Dani Holmqvist
-1
71
70
141
T2
Austin Ernst
E
72
70
142
T2
Sophia Popov
E
70
72
142
T4
Lydia Ko
1
72
71
143
T4
Emily Kristine Pedersen
1
71
72
143
T4
Minjee Lee
1
74
69
143
T4
Jasmine Suwannapura
1
71
72
143
T4
Lindsey Weaver
1
71
72
143
T9
Nelly Korda
2
72
72
144
T9
Haru Nomura
2
74
70
144
T11
Nuria Iturrioz
3
71
74
145
T11
Megan Khang
3
75
70
145
T11
Yealimi Noh
3
72
73
145
T11
Anna Nordqvist
3
71
74
145
T11
Lee-Anne Pace
3
71
74
145
T11
Alena Sharp
3
71
74
145
T17
Caroline Inglis
4
75
71
146
T17
Caroline Masson
4
72
74
146
T17
Inbee Park
4
77
69
146
T17
Elizabeth Szokol
4
72
74
146
T21
Ashleigh Buhai
5
74
73
147
T21
In Gee Chun
5
72
75
147
T21
Cydney Clanton
5
74
73
147
T21
Kristen Gillman
5
75
72
147
T21
Hannah Green
5
75
72
147
T21
Ariya Jutanugarn
5
73
74
147
T21
Andrea Lee
5
74
73
147
T21
Mi Hyang Lee
5
76
71
147
T21
Catriona Matthew
5
71
76
147
T21
Becky Morgan
5
74
73
147
T21
Lizette Salas
5
73
74
147
T21
Angela Stanford
5
73
74
147
T33
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
6
73
75
148
T33
Maria Fernanda Torres
6
76
72
148
T33
Dana Finkelstein
6
77
71
148
T33
Sandra Gal
6
74
74
148
T33
Johanna Gustavsson
6
73
75
148
T33
Amy Olson
6
67
81
148
T33
Jennifer Song
6
74
74
148
T40
Marina Alex
7
70
79
149
T40
Brittany Altomare
7
77
72
149
T40
Perrine Delacour
7
75
74
149
T40
Georgia Hall
7
73
76
149
T40
Celine Herbin
7
74
75
149
T40
Katherine Kirk
7
72
77
149
T40
Alison Lee
7
72
77
149
T40
Ally McDonald
7
74
75
149
T40
Azahara Munoz
7
74
75
149
T40
Amy Yang
7
73
76
149
T40
Angel Yin
7
75
74
149
T40
Anne van Dam
7
77
72
149
T52
Julieta Granada
8
77
73
150
T52
Felicity Johnson
8
76
74
150
T52
Moriya Jutanugarn
8
77
73
150
T52
Danielle Kang
8
76
74
150
T52
Bronte Law
8
80
70
150
T52
Pernilla Lindberg
8
75
75
150
T52
Stephanie Meadow
8
75
75
150
T52
Jenny Shin
8
77
73
150
T52
Emma Talley
8
77
73
150
T52
Michele Thomson
8
73
77
150
T52
Momoko Ueda
8
75
75
150
T52
Jing Yan
8
77
73
150
T64
Dottie Ardina
9
78
73
151
T64
Carlota Ciganda
9
77
74
151
T64
Laura Fuenfstueck
9
73
78
151
T64
Nasa Hataoka
9
74
77
151
T64
Cheyenne Knight
9
76
75
151
T64
Stephanie Kyriacou
9
73
78
151
T64
Camilla Lennarth
9
75
76
151
T64
Gaby Lopez
9
71
80
151
T64
Morgan Pressel
9
77
74
151
T64
Mel Reid
9
78
73
151
T64
Sarah Jane Smith
9
78
73
151
T75
Celine Boutier
10
81
71
152
T75
Nicole Broch Larsen
10
74
78
152
T75
Hannah Burke
10
76
76
152
T75
Peiyun Chien
10
78
74
152
T75
Manon De Roey
10
81
71
152
T75
Kendall Dye
10
77
75
152
T75
Julia Engstrom
10
78
74
152
T75
Brooke M. Henderson
10
77
75
152
T75
In Kyung Kim
10
78
74
152
T75
Leona Maguire
10
77
75
152
T75
Haley Moore
10
76
76
152
T75
Gabriela Ruffels (a)
10
79
73
152
T75
Monique Smit
10
75
77
152
T75
Linnea Strom
10
75
77
152
T75
Kelly Tan
10
74
78
152
T75
Charlotte Thompson
10
79
73
152
T91
Carly Booth
11
80
73
153
T91
Olivia Cowan
11
76
77
153
T91
Lindy Duncan
11
76
77
153
T91
Eleanor Givens
11
74
79
153
T91
Esther Henseleit
11
78
75
153
T91
Sarah Kemp
11
75
78
153
T91
Stacy Lewis
11
76
77
153
T91
Meghan Maclaren
11
78
75
153
T91
Gerina Piller
11
81
72
153
T91
Katja Pogacar
11
75
78
153
T91
Yujeong Son
11
78
75
153
T91
Klara Spilkova
11
75
78
153
T91
Lexi Thompson
11
78
75
153
T91
Christine Wolf
11
77
76
153
T105
Jenny Coleman
12
78
76
154
T105
Laura Davies
12
80
74
154
T105
Caroline Hedwall
12
79
75
154
T105
Kylie Henry
12
78
76
154
T105
Karolin Lampert
12
75
79
154
T105
Brittany Lang
12
77
77
154
T105
Xiyu Lin
12
75
79
154
T105
Tvesa Malik
12
79
75
154
T105
Olivia Mehaffey (a)
12
77
77
154
T105
Madelene Sagstrom
12
78
76
154
T105
Hinako Shibuno
12
76
78
154
T116
Charley Hull
13
76
79
155
T116
Minami Katsu
13
76
79
155
T116
Yui Kawamoto
13
75
80
155
T116
Cristie Kerr
13
78
77
155
T116
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
13
81
74
155
T116
Su Oh
13
76
79
155
T116
Luna Sobron Galmes
13
80
75
155
T123
Aditi Ashok
14
78
78
156
T123
Gemma Dryburgh
14
74
82
156
T123
Alice Hewson
14
79
77
156
T123
Mone Inami
14
77
79
156
T123
Marianne Skarpnord
14
74
82
156
T128
Lina Boqvist
15
75
82
157
T128
Jennifer Chang
15
80
77
157
T128
Diksha Dagar
15
79
78
157
T128
Maria Fassi
15
75
82
157
T128
Yu Liu
15
77
80
157
T128
Sanna Nuutinen
15
74
83
157
T128
Annie Park
15
81
76
157
T135
Whitney Hillier
16
78
80
158
T135
Charlotte Thomas
16
78
80
158
T135
Ursula Wikstrom
16
81
77
158
T138
Jennifer Kupcho
17
78
81
159
T138
Patty Tavatanakit
17
76
83
159
T140
Tiffany Joh
18
76
84
160
T140
Christina Kim
18
80
80
160
T140
Emma Nilsson
18
76
84
160
143
Louise Ridderstrom
22
81
83
164
144
Tonje Daffinrud
24
85
81
166