Charley Hull, Kylie Walker and Yu Yang Zhang are tied for the lead going into the second round at the Ladies German Open presented by Marriott after they all carded eight-under-par 64s on a day of high temperatures and low scoring at Golfclub Wörthsee near Munich.
China’s Zhang, 22, set the early target with eight birdies on her card and was later joined by Britons Hull and Walker, who played in blazing sunshine, with highs of 29C.
Hull, the LET’s young star who made her debut on golf’s world stage at the 2013 Solheim Cup, and who has begun dividing her time between LPGA and LET events, began with birdies on 11 and 14 but bogeyed 15. After a few words of encouragement from her caddie, Gary Wildman, she immediately recovered with a birdie on 16 and then rallied with an eagle and four birdies on her back nine.
Hull, who plays with a level of skill that’s nothing short of remarkable for a player her age, made some adjustments to her putter grip before the German Open to good effect:
Last week, I didn’t have my hands fully enough on the grip with my putting stroke and I’m not holing enough putts. I get quite streaky where one round I hole every putt and another I miss, so this way I can get more feel and hold it more. To shoot eight under, you’ve got to hole the putts and you’ve got to finish it off, so eight under any day is not a bad score. – Charley Hull
The defending champion and Hull’s 2013 Solheim Cup teammate, Spain’s Carlota Ciganda, and 2012 German Open winner Anne-Lise Caudal of France were a stroke behind the leaders on seven-under-par. Ciganda, who will play on the Spanish team next week at the LPGA International Crown, was nine-under after 16 holes but bogeyed 17 and 18.
With such low scoring and similarly warm conditions forecast for the remaining three days, there is the tantalizing prospect of a record score this week. The all-time lowest total in a 72-hole Ladies European Tour (LET) tournament is 259, 29-under-par, by Gwladys Nocera at the 2008 Goteborg Masters in Sweden.
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