Linnea Strom Maintains Three-shot Lead at Magical Kenya Ladies Open

Sweden’s Linnea Ström fired an opening round of 68 (-4) to hold a two-stroke lead after the first day of action at the Magical Kenya Ladies Open.

10/02/2022. Ladies European Tour 2022. Magical Kenya Ladies Open, Vipingo Ridge PGA Baobab Course, Vipingo Ridge Mombassa, Kenya. February 10-13 2022. Linnea Stršm of Sweden during the first round. Credit: Tristan Jones/LET

Sweden’s Linnea Strom maintained her lead at the ongoing Magical Kenya Ladies Open with a three-shot lead over Nuria Iturrioz.

Scotland’s Michele Thomson charged up the leaderboard after the second round.

“I felt like I played better golf today than yesterday – I had eight birdies yesterday and three today, so that makes a big difference. We didn’t have as much wind on the front nine, but I couldn’t get it going; I had a double on eight, which cost me a bit today but overall, I feel happy with where my game is at; I just didn’t get the scoring as good today,” said Strom.

“I feel like I was better off the tee today, which is important on this course, but my putting wasn’t as good today – if I were putting like I was yesterday, I would have scored better as well. I thought the pins were a bit closer to the edge today, but the greens and fairways continue to be firm, so you have to think one more time before you hit. What’s important for me is to focus on what I can do and to build my confidence, and hopefully, I can finish on the top soon.”

The course continued playing tough with only four players carding under-par and better scores. Sixty-two players made the cut – which was today set at 11-over par – to play in the final two rounds.

Mercy Nyanchama was the nearest to the cut line among the Kenyans, missing it by three shots. And finishing tied in 74th.

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