Musselburgh golfer Vikki Laing won’t forget the 17th at Royal Brikdale.
Last out in yesterday’s second round of the Ricoh Women’s British Open, she produced the shot of shots for an albatross two at the penultimate hole and moved into the top 25 in the major Championship.
The magical blow came with a five wood from 240 yards. “It was lovely,” said the 33-year-old, who went on to shoot 68 for two over par and was the only Scot to survive the cut.
“”I saw it land on the green and I was asking it to chase on. I knew it had gone in when there was a roar from the crowd.”
After an opening 78, Laing, a record four time Scottish Girls’ Champion, knew she had to make a decent score to make the cut. A bogey at the first wasn’t ideal, but three birdies plus the special shot easily put her into the weekend draw.
“The 17th gave me a lovely cushion coming up the last,” she said after making the cut with four shots to spare.
Not so happy was North Berwick’s Catriona Matthew. While Laing loves the 17th, Matthew must loathe the 13th.
Four years ago, as the defending champion, she took a ten at the hole on her way to an 81 and missed the cut.
Yesterday she ran up an eight at the same hole in a second round 83 and was again on an early journey home.
She hit her tee shot left, her third went into a bunker and, aboard the green in four, she then four putted, the second one having lipped out.
A three putt for a double-bogey at the long 17th added to the misery and ruined all the good work of her opening 74.
But it could have been worse. At the 472-yard 18th, she almost holed her second shot and had a tap-in for an eagle three.
At the top of the leaderboard, American Mo Martin shot a second successive 69 to lead on six under par, three ahead of Spain’s Beatriz Recari and South Koean So Yeon Ryu.
The 28-year-old Recari had a disappointing start to this season, a hip injury blighting her form. This week she has to contend with a wrist problem – and she blamed it on rude, unco-operative Scotsmen.
She had spent Sunday with some kids at St Andrews on a golf day arranged by her sponsors. But then he flight south from Edinburgh airport turned into a bit of a nightmare.
“No man helped me at the airport. I’d had a great time at St Andrews but they cancelled my flight and so they put us in an hotel next to the zoo.
“After only two hours sleep I was at the airport on Monday. Two women offered to help but I wouldn’t let them do it because my bags were so heavy. But, thankfully, the physios did a great job and my wrist was pain free by Wednesday.”
The cut fell on six over par and Matthew was joined on the sidelines by another two Scots. Elie’s Sally Watson had an 81 for 17 over and Glasgow-born Kylie Walker was on 13 over after a 75.