Majors

Ricoh Women's British Open 2018

August 02-05

Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club, Lancashire, England

$3,250,000

August 02-05

Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club, Lancashire, England

$3,250,000

Round 2

Pornanong Phatlum leading heading into the weekend

August 03, 2018

Pornanong Phatlum says she is ‘very excited’ to be leading at the halfway stage of the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Royal Lytham and St Annes Golf Club, where she has gone bogey-free for 36 holes.

Pornanong Phatlum leading the Ricoh Women’s British Open heading into the weekend

A second straight round of 67 allowed the winner of 16 professional titles to move one ahead of the field at the top of the leader board on Friday. She birdied the fourth, sixth and seventh, to turn in 32 and then picked up two more shots at the 10th and 16th holes, to come home in 35.

The 28-year-old is bidding to become the second Thai Major winner after world No.1 Ariya Jutanugarn won the championship at Woburn two years ago.

Phatlum told the gathered media: “I’m very happy right now and I’m just going to be really excited tonight and I will try to calm down for tomorrow.”

This is her first time playing at Royal Lytham and only the second time she has made the cut in the championship, but said that the secret to her consistency was keeping out of the bunkers.

She said: “I tell myself like, wow, I’m play really good on like links golf course. So like just keep telling myself like yeah, I’m good to play on the links course. I think everything on this golf course is very tough.”

She said she would probably spend her evening watching Thai dramas and eating a Chinese takeaway with her roommate, Wichanee Meechai. There is a Thai restaurant 20 minutes from where she is staying, but she doesn’t have a car.

There are nine players from Thailand in this year’s Ricoh Women’s British Open and seven of those are poised to make the cut.

One of those players is the world number one, Ariya Jutanugarn, another, amateur Atthaya Thitikul, who won the Ladies European Thailand Championship on the LET last year aged 15. Another is Thidapa Suwannapura, who recently won the Marathon Classic presented by Owens Corning O-I on the LPGA Tour. Meanwhile, Kanyalak Preedasuttijit qualified for the Ricoh by winning last month’s Ladies European Thailand Championship.

South Korean golfers have dominated women’s global golf for years, but it’s safe to say that Thai players are moving to the fore.

“I think Moriya and Ariya Jutanugarn, they inspire all the Thai golfers a lot and so we know we can do it and we can win tournaments on tour. So everyone just tries to work harder,” said Pornanong. “A lot of media is interested about golf stuff, and the Thai people are very interested in golf, too.”

Pornanong’s father inspired her to take up the game, as he is ‘crazy’ about golf, but her favourite golfer was Lorena Ochoa, the 2007 Ricoh Women’s British Open champion at St Andrews, who she described as a ‘smart’ and ‘lovely girl.’

This might be Pornanong’s time to win the championship. A consistent performer, she has collected 16 titles since turning professional in 2006, including two on the Ladies European Tour: the 2012 Hero Women’s Indian Open and the 2013 Omega Dubai Ladies Masters.

Her best finish so far in a major is T7th at the 2014 US Women’s Open, but she has received a few tips from compatriot Ariya Jutanugarn, who regained the Rolex Rankings No.1 spot after her victory at last week’s Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open, also played on a links course, at Gullane.

Jutanugarn told Pornanong to plan every shot, every day and execute it well. If she sticks to that game plan, there is every possibility of back-to-back Thai winners this fortnight on the Ladies European Tour.

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Pornanong Phatlum
-10
67
67
134
T2
Georgia Hall
-9
67
68
135
T2
Mamiko Higa
-9
66
69
135
T2
Minjee Lee
-9
65
70
135
5
Teresa Lu
-8
67
69
136
6
Sung Hyun Park
-7
67
70
137
7
So Yeon Ryu
-6
69
69
138
T8
Pernilla Lindberg
-5
71
68
139
T8
Brooke M. Henderson
-5
69
70
139
T8
Madelene Sagstrom
-5
69
70
139
T8
Florentyna Parker
-5
69
70
139
T8
Mina Harigae
-5
68
71
139
T8
Lydia Ko
-5
68
71
139
14
Brittany Altomare
-4
70
70
140
T15
Hyo Joo Kim
-3
72
69
141
T15
Jessica Korda
-3
71
70
141
T15
Catriona Matthew
-3
71
70
141
T15
Ariya Jutanugarn
-3
71
70
141
T15
Celine Herbin
-3
70
71
141
T15
In-Kyung Kim
-3
70
71
141
T15
Yu Liu
-3
69
72
141
T15
Lydia Hall
-3
69
72
141
T15
Mi Hyang Lee
-3
67
74
141
T24
Wei-Ling Hsu
-2
73
69
142
T24
Amy Olson
-2
72
70
142
T24
Sei Young Kim
-2
71
71
142
T24
Shanshan Feng
-2
71
71
142
T24
Phoebe Yao
-2
71
71
142
T24
Carlota Ciganda
-2
69
73
142
T24
Sandra Gal
-2
68
74
142
T31
Azahara Munoz
-1
77
66
143
T31
Jaye Marie Green
-1
74
69
143
T31
Caroline Inglis
-1
73
70
143
T31
Jeong Eun Lee
-1
73
70
143
T31
Su Oh
-1
73
70
143
T31
Mariajo Uribe
-1
73
70
143
T31
Thidapa Suwannapura
-1
72
71
143
T31
Rebecca Artis
-1
72
71
143
T31
Ryann O'Toole
-1
72
71
143
T31
Nelly Korda
-1
71
72
143
T41
Klara Spilkova
E
76
68
144
T41
Nuria Iturrios
E
74
70
144
T41
Atthaya Thitikul (a)
E
73
71
144
T41
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras
E
73
71
144
T41
Haeji Kang
E
72
72
144
T41
Aditi Ashok
E
72
72
144
T41
Cristie Kerr
E
72
72
144
T41
In Gee Chun
E
72
72
144
T41
Marina Alex
E
71
73
144
T41
Lizette Salas
E
71
73
144
T41
Annie Park
E
71
73
144
T41
Bronte Law
E
70
74
144
T41
Mi Jung Hur
E
70
74
144
T41
Moriya Jutanugarn
E
69
75
144
T55
Hee Young Park
1
76
69
145
T55
Hannah Green
1
75
70
145
T55
Sun-Ju Ahn
1
74
71
145
T55
Mo Martin
1
73
72
145
T55
Eri Okayama
1
73
72
145
T55
Meghan MacLaren
1
73
72
145
T55
Amy Yang
1
72
73
145
T55
Emma Talley
1
72
73
145
T55
Ally McDonald
1
71
74
145
T55
Tiffany Joh
1
71
74
145
T55
Cloe Frankish
1
70
75
145
T66
Mariah Stackhouse
2
76
70
146
T66
Ayako Uehara
2
76
70
146
T66
Katherine Kirk
2
75
71
146
T66
Brittany Lang
2
75
71
146
T66
Caroline Masson
2
75
71
146
T66
Daniela Darquea
2
74
72
146
T66
Jacqui Concolino
2
74
72
146
T66
Brittany Lincicome
2
74
72
146
T66
Eun-Hee Ji
2
74
72
146
T66
Jenny Haglund
2
73
73
146
T66
Hyejin Choi
2
70
76
146
T66
Wichanee Meechai
2
70
76
146
T66
Angel Yin
2
69
77
146
T79
Jin Young Ko
3
76
71
147
T79
Chella Choi
3
75
72
147
T79
Lindy Duncan
3
75
72
147
T79
Cheyenne Woods
3
75
72
147
T79
Brittany Marchand
3
74
73
147
T79
Xiyu Lin
3
74
73
147
T79
Noemi Jimenez Martin
3
73
74
147
T79
Caroline Hedwall
3
73
74
147
T79
Julia Engstrom
3
72
75
147
T79
Angela Stanford
3
71
76
147
T79
Camilla Lennarth
3
71
76
147
T90
Anne Van Dam
4
76
72
148
T90
Misuzu Narita
4
75
73
148
T90
Yani Tseng
4
75
73
148
T90
Olivia Cowan
4
74
74
148
T90
Megan Khang
4
73
75
148
T90
Jenny Shin
4
72
76
148
T90
Anna Nordqvist
4
72
76
148
T90
Jennifer Song
4
71
77
148
T98
Austin Ernst
5
77
72
149
T98
Karrie Webb
5
77
72
149
T98
Nasa Hataoka
5
75
74
149
T98
Ashleigh Buhai
5
74
75
149
T98
Laetitia Beck
5
74
75
149
T98
Christine Wolf
5
73
76
149
T98
Karolin Lampert
5
72
77
149
T98
Charley Hull
5
71
78
149
T106
Inci Mehmet
6
79
71
150
T106
Linn Grant (a)
6
78
72
150
T106
Mirim Lee
6
77
73
150
T106
Frida Kinhult (a)
6
76
74
150
T106
Inbee Park
6
76
74
150
T106
Danielle Kang
6
74
76
150
T106
Valdis Jonsdottir
6
73
77
150
T106
Robynn Ree
6
73
77
150
T106
Silvia Banon
6
73
77
150
T106
Laura Davies
6
73
77
150
T116
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
7
78
73
151
T116
Nicole Broch Larsen
7
78
73
151
T116
Marianne Skarpnord
7
78
73
151
T116
Leonie Harm (a)
7
77
74
151
T116
Mel Reid
7
75
76
151
T116
Casey Danielson
7
74
77
151
T116
Sarah Kemp
7
74
77
151
T116
Kanyalak Preedasuttijit
7
73
78
151
T116
Jane Park
7
72
79
151
T125
Kris Tamulis
8
77
75
152
T125
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
8
77
75
152
T125
Sakura Yokomine
8
77
75
152
T125
Astrid de Pradenne
8
73
79
152
T129
Holly Clyburn
9
76
77
153
T129
Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong
9
74
79
153
T131
Tonje Daffinrud
10
76
78
154
T131
Rachael Goodall
10
76
78
154
T131
Ursula Wikstrom
10
74
80
154
T134
Agathe Laisne (a)
11
80
75
155
T134
Lynn Carlsson
11
74
81
155
T136
Celine Boutier
12
81
75
156
T136
Sarah Jane Smith
12
77
79
156
T136
Katie Burnett
12
74
82
156
T139
Lee-Anne Pace
13
79
78
157
T139
Ludovica Farina (a)
13
73
84
157
141
Hollie Muse (a)
14
80
78
158
142
Kylie Henry
15
78
81
159
143
Sideri Vanova
21
87
78
165
WD
Michelle Wie
Pos.
Player
To Par
Total
1
Pornanong Phatlum
-10
134
T2
Georgia Hall
-9
135
T2
Mamiko Higa
-9
135
T2
Minjee Lee
-9
135
5
Teresa Lu
-8
136
6
Sung Hyun Park
-7
137
7
So Yeon Ryu
-6
138
T8
Pernilla Lindberg
-5
139
T8
Brooke M. Henderson
-5
139
T8
Madelene Sagstrom
-5
139
T8
Florentyna Parker
-5
139
T8
Mina Harigae
-5
139
T8
Lydia Ko
-5
139
14
Brittany Altomare
-4
140
T15
Hyo Joo Kim
-3
141
T15
Jessica Korda
-3
141
T15
Catriona Matthew
-3
141
T15
Ariya Jutanugarn
-3
141
T15
Celine Herbin
-3
141
T15
In-Kyung Kim
-3
141
T15
Yu Liu
-3
141
T15
Lydia Hall
-3
141
T15
Mi Hyang Lee
-3
141
T24
Wei-Ling Hsu
-2
142
T24
Amy Olson
-2
142
T24
Sei Young Kim
-2
142
T24
Shanshan Feng
-2
142
T24
Phoebe Yao
-2
142
T24
Carlota Ciganda
-2
142
T24
Sandra Gal
-2
142
T31
Azahara Munoz
-1
143
T31
Jaye Marie Green
-1
143
T31
Caroline Inglis
-1
143
T31
Jeong Eun Lee
-1
143
T31
Su Oh
-1
143
T31
Mariajo Uribe
-1
143
T31
Thidapa Suwannapura
-1
143
T31
Rebecca Artis
-1
143
T31
Ryann O'Toole
-1
143
T31
Nelly Korda
-1
143
T41
Klara Spilkova
E
144
T41
Nuria Iturrios
E
144
T41
Atthaya Thitikul (a)
E
144
T41
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras
E
144
T41
Haeji Kang
E
144
T41
Aditi Ashok
E
144
T41
Cristie Kerr
E
144
T41
In Gee Chun
E
144
T41
Marina Alex
E
144
T41
Lizette Salas
E
144
T41
Annie Park
E
144
T41
Bronte Law
E
144
T41
Mi Jung Hur
E
144
T41
Moriya Jutanugarn
E
144
T55
Hee Young Park
1
145
T55
Hannah Green
1
145
T55
Sun-Ju Ahn
1
145
T55
Mo Martin
1
145
T55
Eri Okayama
1
145
T55
Meghan MacLaren
1
145
T55
Amy Yang
1
145
T55
Emma Talley
1
145
T55
Ally McDonald
1
145
T55
Tiffany Joh
1
145
T55
Cloe Frankish
1
145
T66
Mariah Stackhouse
2
146
T66
Ayako Uehara
2
146
T66
Katherine Kirk
2
146
T66
Brittany Lang
2
146
T66
Caroline Masson
2
146
T66
Daniela Darquea
2
146
T66
Jacqui Concolino
2
146
T66
Brittany Lincicome
2
146
T66
Eun-Hee Ji
2
146
T66
Jenny Haglund
2
146
T66
Hyejin Choi
2
146
T66
Wichanee Meechai
2
146
T66
Angel Yin
2
146
T79
Jin Young Ko
3
147
T79
Chella Choi
3
147
T79
Lindy Duncan
3
147
T79
Cheyenne Woods
3
147
T79
Brittany Marchand
3
147
T79
Xiyu Lin
3
147
T79
Noemi Jimenez Martin
3
147
T79
Caroline Hedwall
3
147
T79
Julia Engstrom
3
147
T79
Angela Stanford
3
147
T79
Camilla Lennarth
3
147
T90
Anne Van Dam
4
148
T90
Misuzu Narita
4
148
T90
Yani Tseng
4
148
T90
Olivia Cowan
4
148
T90
Megan Khang
4
148
T90
Jenny Shin
4
148
T90
Anna Nordqvist
4
148
T90
Jennifer Song
4
148
T98
Austin Ernst
5
149
T98
Karrie Webb
5
149
T98
Nasa Hataoka
5
149
T98
Ashleigh Buhai
5
149
T98
Laetitia Beck
5
149
T98
Christine Wolf
5
149
T98
Karolin Lampert
5
149
T98
Charley Hull
5
149
T106
Inci Mehmet
6
150
T106
Linn Grant (a)
6
150
T106
Mirim Lee
6
150
T106
Frida Kinhult (a)
6
150
T106
Inbee Park
6
150
T106
Danielle Kang
6
150
T106
Valdis Jonsdottir
6
150
T106
Robynn Ree
6
150
T106
Silvia Banon
6
150
T106
Laura Davies
6
150
T116
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
7
151
T116
Nicole Broch Larsen
7
151
T116
Marianne Skarpnord
7
151
T116
Leonie Harm (a)
7
151
T116
Mel Reid
7
151
T116
Casey Danielson
7
151
T116
Sarah Kemp
7
151
T116
Kanyalak Preedasuttijit
7
151
T116
Jane Park
7
151
T125
Kris Tamulis
8
152
T125
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
8
152
T125
Sakura Yokomine
8
152
T125
Astrid de Pradenne
8
152
T129
Holly Clyburn
9
153
T129
Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong
9
153
T131
Tonje Daffinrud
10
154
T131
Rachael Goodall
10
154
T131
Ursula Wikstrom
10
154
T134
Agathe Laisne (a)
11
155
T134
Lynn Carlsson
11
155
T136
Celine Boutier
12
156
T136
Sarah Jane Smith
12
156
T136
Katie Burnett
12
156
T139
Lee-Anne Pace
13
157
T139
Ludovica Farina (a)
13
157
141
Hollie Muse (a)
14
158
142
Kylie Henry
15
159
143
Sideri Vanova
21
165
WD
Michelle Wie