Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic - R2

Iturrios and Henseleit share lead in Dubai

May 01-03
Emirates Golf Club (Faldo Course), Dubai, UAE
$285,000
Round 1, Round 3

German rookie Esther Henseleit lit up the Faldo Course at Emirates Golf Club with a sizzling six-under-par 66 to share the lead with Spain’s Nuria Iturrios on nine-under-par after the second round of the Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic.

Iturrios and Henseleit share lead in Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic
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The pair lead by one over Germany’s Olivia Cowan heading into the final round of the world’s first professional day-night tournament.

Germany’s Karolin Lampert, who played under the LET lights late on Thursday, lies in fourth place on six-under-par, with first-round leader Leona Maguire of Ireland in fifth on five-under.

Henseleit, Cowan, Lampert and Maguire are all looking for their maiden wins on the Ladies European Tour, while Iturrios, who won the Lalla Meryem Cup in Morocco for the second time last week, could become the first player to seal consecutive titles since Aditi Ashok won the Hero Women’s Indian Open and Qatar Masters in 2016. In recent history, Australians Stacey Peters (née Keating) and Nikki Garrett also achieved the feat in 2012 and 2007 respectively.

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Henseleit, who held a +7.1 handicap when she turned professional in January, is an astronomical talent who has already posted four top-10 finishes from five starts on the LET this year.

In just her 20th round as a Ladies European Tour player, she made a flurry of eight birdies in her first 16 holes before making a double bogey on the par-3 17th.

Followers of the LET might have seen the round coming as she tied for third in the Investec South African Women’s Open and fourth in the Lalla Meryem Cup last week, rising to the summit of the Rookie of the Year rankings.

The 20-year-old from Hamburg, who is playing in her sixth tournament as a professional, is feeling confident and said: “My long game is really solid and my ball striking is really good, so my swing is feeling good. I just felt like I could attack some pins and also putted really well, so I had a lot of birdies. Sadly I had a double bogey on 17, which was not that good, but that happens. I’m still quite happy about my round.”

The 2017 PING Junior Solheim Cup player now has the chance to win her first professional title in only her sixth tournament and said: “It would mean everything. I think everyone wants to win and to do this in your first year is really good, but there is still one day to go and I’m not thinking of the win. I want to do my best and see what happens tomorrow.”

Iturrios carded a 68 to join Henseleit in the lead and she said: “I made two birdies from really good bunker shots on holes 10 and 13, where I can reach the greens in two. I love bunker shots, so that’s fine for me. I made some putts and missed some, so we’ll see for tomorrow.”

On her chances of earning consecutive titles, the 23-year-old from Palma de Mallorca added: “It would be awesome, of course, but there’s still 18 holes to play and you never know. It’s golf, so I want to enjoy it.”

Cowan, 23, from Hamburg, who had four birdies in her second round 70, said that it was very different playing in the day time, from the night: “It was really hot today, so it was a bit different from yesterday. I played really well, again. I made a few stupid mistakes, which cost me a bit, but otherwise I’m happy with the day.


“Yesterday was a lot cooler and it’s probably better to start in the afternoon, actually, because the first hour, it’s quite hot, but then it cools down pretty quickly. Today it was really hot, from 8.30am in the morning.”

Maguire is still in the hunt, despite her bogey at the 17th and double on hole seven. She said: “I didn’t give myself many chances today. On seven, I wanted to hit 7-wood, my caddie wanted me to hit an iron and I hit an iron in the water, which was quite annoying to finish with. I didn’t give myself enough chances and didn’t hole any putts, so no birdies today. I need to play a lot better tomorrow and hit my irons better to give myself some more chances.”

The final round gets under way from 10:59 local time on Friday.


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Esther Henseleit (GER)
-9
69
66
135
1
Nuria Iturrios (ESP)
-9
67
68
135
3
Olivia Cowan (GER)
-8
66
70
136
4
Karolin Lampert (GER)
-6
68
70
138
5
Leona Maguire (IRL)
-5
64
75
139
6
Kanyalak Preedasuttijit (THA)
-4
71
69
140
6
Caroline Hedwall (SWE)
-4
68
72
140
6
Noora Komulainen (FIN)
-4
70
70
140
9
Hannah Burke (ENG)
-3
72
69
141
9
Marianne Skarpnord (NOR)
-3
69
72
141
11
Kylie Henry (SCO)
-2
69
73
142
12
Liz Young (ENG)
-1
71
72
143
12
Carly Booth (SCO)
-1
68
75
143
12
Beth Allen (USA)
-1
72
71
143
12
Sarah Kemp (AUS)
-1
69
74
143
16
Holly Clyburn (ENG)
Par
71
73
144
16
Meghan MacLaren (ENG)
Par
71
73
144
16
Ursula Wikstrom (FIN)
Par
73
71
144
16
Linda Wessberg (SWE)
Par
74
70
144
16
Lynn Carlsson (SWE)
Par
71
73
144
16
Christine Wolf (AUT)
Par
74
70
144
16
Tonje Daffinrud (NOR)
Par
73
71
144
23
Gabriella Cowley (ENG)
1
73
72
145
23
Lina Boqvist (SWE)
1
73
72
145
23
Marta Sanz Barrio (ESP)
1
74
71
145
23
Laura Fuenfstueck (GER)
1
73
72
145
23
Trish Johnson (ENG)
1
73
72
145
28
Becky Morgan (WAL)
2
73
73
146
28
Astrid Vayson De Pradenne (FRA)
2
72
74
146
28
Florentyna Parker (ENG)
2
73
73
146
28
Stacy Lee Bregman (RSA)
2
76
70
146
28
Cajsa Persson (SWE)
2
75
71
146
28
Sian Evans (ENG)
2
72
74
146
28
Katja Pogacar (SLO)
2
74
72
146
28
Julia Engstrom (SWE)
2
73
73
146
36
Maha Haddioui (MAR)
3
76
71
147
36
Amy Boulden (WAL)
3
77
70
147
36
Camille Chevalier (FRA)
3
73
74
147
36
Isabelle Boineau (FRA)
3
71
76
147
36
Diksha Dagar (IND)
3
74
73
147
36
Emma Cabrera-Bello (ESP)
3
76
71
147
42
Noemi Jimenez Martin (ESP)
4
76
72
148
42
Emily Kristine Pedersen (DEN)
4
74
74
148
44
Silvia Banon (ESP)
5
71
78
149
44
Rebecca Artis (AUS)
5
74
75
149
46
Sophie Lamb (ENG)
6
75
75
150
46
Lydia Hall (WAL)
6
76
74
150
46
Felicity Johnson (ENG)
6
75
75
150
49
Valdis Thora Jonsdottir (ISL)
7
72
79
151
49
Carmen Alonso (ESP)
7
72
79
151
49
Lisa Maguire (IRL)
7
75
76
151
52
Camilla Lennarth (SWE)
8
74
78
152
53
Cheyenne Woods (USA)
9
77
76
153
53
Becky Brewerton (WAL)
9
78
75
153
55
Manon Molle (FRA)
10
79
75
154
56
Victoria Fricot (AUS)
14
77
81
158