History maker Hedwall hits the front

History maker Hedwall hits the front
Round Two Report

Caroline Hedwall fired a brilliant round of 64 to become the first woman to hold the solo lead at a European Tour event on day two of the Scandinavian Mixed Hosted by Henrik & Annika.

Christine Wolf had matched the men on day one at Vallda Golf and Country Club and local favourite Hedwall carded the lowest round of the week so far in round two to get to 13 under and lead the way by one from Dutchman Joost Luiten. England’s Steven Brown and South Africa’s Darren Fichardt were then at 11 under.

But the day belonged to Hedwall, who carded two eagles – including a holed bunker shot – to go with five birdies and a single dropped shot. The Solheim Cup star has six Ladies European Tour victories to her name but is now right in the mix to become the first woman to lift a European Tour trophy.

Slovenian Pia Babnik claimed her first win on the LET last week and should the 17-year-old make it back-to-back victories, she would become not only the European’s first female winner but also its youngest ever. She was at ten under alongside 20-year-old Australian Stephanie Kyriacou, Spaniard Pep Angles and Finn Kalle Samooja.

German pair Olivia Cowan and Sarina Schmidt, English duo Ashley Chesters and Alice Hewson, Scot David Drysdale and South African Jacques Kruyswijk were then at nine under.

Home favourite Henrik Stenson carded a 70 to sit at four under, while fellow tournament host Annika Sorenstam signed for a second consecutive 73 to miss the cut. Round three tee times have been brought forward to 6:50am from a two tee start U-draw due to inclement weather, with 71 players making the cut, 45 men and 26 women.

History maker Hedwall hits the front
Player Quotes

Caroline Hedwell: “I was a bit lucky out there today. I made two eagles and made a bunker shot – it was very enjoyable!

“The first eagle was on 16 and I hit two really good shots into the green and a good putt. Then on number six, I hit a fairly poor iron shot into the green bunker, but I feel fairly comfortable – yesterday I made a bunker shot there and hit a good one and I made another one today.

“If you look at the leaderboard, it looks like they have set it up pretty fair, but it’s hard to judge. I think looking at the mix of the players on the leaderboard, I think they have done a good job because it’s obviously tough.

“Hopefully, I get to play with Joost (Luiten) again, I really enjoyed playing with him the last couple of days. It is good being back in Sweden and I’m just going to try and enjoy myself.”

Joost Luiten: “These girls (in his group) were playing great. They hit it a long way, I think they hit it as long as me, so they could really take some holes on, and they took advantage of it. They were making a lot of birdies, Caroline had two eagles as well, that really helps. I tried to keep up with them and I managed to do that.

“What I do is focus on myself, there’s nothing else I can do. I just need to put in a score myself and then I’ll see where that puts me on the leaderboard compared to the men and the women. I think that’s the key. It was a bit of getting used to it because I was the only man in the group, so it was a bit of a different rhythm, but it makes it fun to play different formats and it’s fun to see the girls as well. They really crushed the ball; well, you see that in the scores.

“I’m hitting the ball well off the tee, hitting good iron shots, not missing many greens, putter was pretty good today. Yesterday I felt like I left a couple too many out there, but I feel if you hit the greens here you have some chances. The greens aren’t really quick so you can be pretty aggressive with the putts and I managed to make a couple.”

Henrik Stenson: “It’s hard work for me. We’re still fighting and still grinding, I managed to do that pretty good for a second day. On the course, the way it’s playing, you wish for a lot more, especially the par fives. I’m level par on eight par fives, and that’s not going to get me anywhere in this field – the way they play. We need to do better if we want to move up the leaderboard, that’s for sure.

“I’ve got to try and find something that gives me a little more peace of mind. I felt pretty rushed out there with the longer shots, it’s not very well synced up and in good order. The fight continues, but it was a good couple of days. Annika was taking away a bit of rust before the Senior Open, she’ll be back fighting even harder and playing better there.”

Annika Sorenstam: “I didn’t hit the ball as well, but I thought I putted better, so that’s good. I wish I could put the two rounds together. Today, there wasn’t much to talk about, disappointing overall. I tried, I fought, I did everything I could. It’s been a great week, even though this shortens my tournament play. I’m going to have a good time with the family, continue to support the event and be part of the festivities.

“It’s been fun to be out there, playing with Henrik and Thomas and my best friend Marie on the bag and family around. It’s all about the memories and the journey. Score-wise it’s not what I had in mind, I’m still happy, life is still good. I’m not going to dig a hole and disappear. There are so many fun things going to happen. I’m going to look forward to a great lunch, and I can sleep in tomorrow, so that’s a good thing.”

Round Two Scores

131 C HEDWALL (SWE) 67 64,
132 J LUITEN (NED) 67 65,
133 D FICHARDT (RSA) 66 67, S BROWN (ENG) 65 68,
134 P BABNIK (SLO) 68 66, S KYRIACOU (AUS) 68 66, K SAMOOJA (FIN) 65 69, P ANGLES (ESP) 65 69,
135 O COWAN (GER) 68 67, A HEWSON (ENG) 68 67, A CHESTERS (ENG) 65 70, D DRYSDALE (SCO) 67 68, J KRUYSWIJK (RSA) 69 66, S SCHMIDT (GER) 67 68,
136 C PIGEM (ESP) 68 68, C WOLF (AUT) 64 72, J HANSEN (DEN) 69 67, R FOX (NZL) 69 67, L BOQVIST (SWE) 67 69, S HEND (AUS) 69 67, P FIGUEIREDO (POR) 68 68, K LAMPERT (GER) 68 68, L ABERG (AM) (SWE) 69 67,
137 M KAWAMURA (JPN) 69 68, N ITURRIOZ (ESP) 70 67, S NUUTINEN (FIN) 68 69, M HERNANDEZ (ESP) 69 68, J MORRISON (ENG) 70 67, J CALDWELL (NIR) 70 67, O WILSON (ENG) 72 65, E PEDERSEN (DEN) 70 67, F JOHNSON (ENG) 66 71, Z LOMBARD (RSA) 70 67,
138 M SIMMERMACHER (ARG) 68 70, S HORSFIELD (ENG) 64 74, R ENOCH (WAL) 71 67, W BESSELING (NED) 68 70, K BROBERG (SWE) 68 70, J SCRIVENER (AUS) 70 68, L HARM (GER) 67 71, R ROCK (ENG) 70 68, S GARCIA RODRIGUEZ (ESP) 69 69, A THITIKUL (THA) 70 68,
139 M JORDAN (ENG) 71 68, L GAGLI (ITA) 71 68, Y CHANG (KOR) 70 69, L GRANT (AM) (SWE) 71 68, A COCKERILL (CAN) 69 70, A OTAEGUI (ESP) 71 68, A RAI (ENG) 72 67, V NORRMAN (AM) (SWE) 66 73, K LUND (NOR) 68 71, J SENIOR (ENG) 68 71, S KIM (USA) 68 71,
140 J DONALDSON (WAL) 67 73, H STENSON (SWE) 70 70, M STARK (AM) (SWE) 72 68, A MUIRHEAD (SCO) 69 71, H PORTEOUS (RSA) 69 71, O FARR (WAL) 66 74, A CAUDAL (FRA) 72 68, R RAMSAY (SCO) 67 73, A BJ?RK (SWE) 72 68, L PACE (RSA) 72 68, M SOUTHGATE (ENG) 71 69, L FUENFSTUECK (GER) 67 73, J GUSTAVSSON (SWE) 68 72,
141 F LAPORTA (ITA) 69 72, A WU (CHN) 71 70, N LEMKE (SWE) 75 66, L YOUNG (ENG) 70 71,
142 A ARNAUS (ESP) 69 73, C CHEVALIER (FRA) 71 71, S SODERBERG (SWE) 72 70, D WHITNELL (ENG) 67 75, N GARCIA (RSA) 73 69, C ALONSO (ESP) 70 72, B POKE (DEN) 72 70, A DIMMOCK (ENG) 73 69, J HAGLUND (SWE) 68 74, M ANTCLIFF (AUS) 70 72, C HERBIN (FRA) 71 71, O FISHER (ENG) 71 71, L HALL (WAL) 69 73, S SHARMA (IND) 70 72, A SANDHU (IND) 72 70, D HORSEY (ENG) 67 75, R SCIOT-SIEGRIST (FRA) 70 72,
143 J GEARY (NZL) 69 74, K HENRY (SCO) 71 72, T BJ?RN (DEN) 73 70, M HADDIOUI (MAR) 72 71, A CA?IZARES (ESP) 73 70, D DAGAR (IND) 70 73, C FRANKISH (ENG) 73 70, P HANSON (SWE) 72 71, M DE ROEY (BEL) 71 72, T MALIK (IND) 70 73,
144 A SAUZON (FRA) 74 70, B MORGAN (WAL) 74 70, J NYQVIST (SWE) 72 72, G PORTEOUS (ENG) 71 73, D VAN DRIEL (NED) 70 74, R PARATORE (ITA) 73 71, T DAFFINRUD (NOR) 68 76, M WARREN (SCO) 73 71, J WALTERS (RSA) 69 75, R ROUSSEL (FRA) 68 76,
145 L ALTMANN (BRA) 75 70, S CROCKER (USA) 75 70, W HILLIER (AUS) 74 71, K METRAUX (SUI) 72 73, T KOIVISTO (FIN) 73 72, E GIVENS (ENG) 70 75, R MCGOWAN (ENG) 70 75, B HEBERT (FRA) 74 71, A VAYSON DE PRADENNE (FRA) 70 75,
146 S V?LIM?KI (FIN) 70 76, A SORENSTAM (SWE) 73 73, L MURRAY (SCO) 74 72, J MCLEOD (AUS) 70 76, S SCHOBER (AUT) 72 74, T TREE (ENG) 74 72,
147 U WIKSTROM (FIN) 73 74, G COWLEY (ENG) 77 70, R KARLBERG (SWE) 73 74, F MOORK (SWE) 72 75, L GOMEZ RUIZ (ESP) 74 73, J LAGERGREN (SWE) 76 71, D HOWELL (ENG) 74 73,
148 L HUMPHREYS (ENG) 76 72, K POGACAR (SLO) 73 75, C LENNARTH (SWE) 73 75, K MACDONALD (SCO) 73 75, M THOMSON (SCO) 73 75, N JIMENEZ MARTIN (ESP) 73 75, S BANON (ESP) 76 72,
150 L WESSBERG (SWE) 76 74, E NILSSON (SWE) 76 74, M SKARPNORD (NOR) 76 74, R SANTOS (POR) 77 73,
151 N ELVIRA (ESP) 76 75, N H?JGAARD (DEN) 71 80, F PARKER (ENG) 76 75,
152 C BOOTH (SCO) 77 75,
153 A BOULDEN (WAL) 79 74, B ALLEN (USA) 71 82,
155 H BURKE (ENG) 80 75, L LEWTHWAITE (RSA) 74 81,
156 G GREEN (MAS) 81 75,


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