The reigning LET Order of Merit winner carded three early bogeys, but recovered to end with back-to-back birdies in a three-under second round 70.??
“I was happy with the way I played on the front 9 today,” the 18-year-old said. “Just a bit scrap on the back 9 because we got put on the clock.
“It was quite tricky, because we finished before our time. I don???t know why they???ve done that. But Im happy with where I am and it???s good that I???m thinking of leaving a few shots out there for the weekend.
“At the beginning of the week I was like 15,16-under would be good to win round here, so I still going to aim for that target.”
they always say you start a good round with a bogey. So it was seven under, I???ll take that.???
Artis is comfortable being at the top: ???I put myself in contention a few times over the last couple of years and had the win in Sweden a couple of years ago and I feel like my game???s really going forward.???
A change to her putting has made a big difference to her confidence. ???I???ve changed my putting to left hand low. I changed after the second round of LPGA Q School which is not ideal but I just felt like I really had to make a change with my putting. ??My coach was over there and Geoff my husband who caddies for me he was there, and we just made a group decision that it was time to make a change with my putting; it???s worked wonders really.?????
???You know, I can start the ball on line now, you know the line I choose, and it???s just been a matter of getting used to the feel of it and getting the pace because it feels a little bit different. But I feel like as if you know I???ve got that now and I feel comfortable over it now. I felt a bit nervous, especially last week when it was the first tournament I played with it but I feel like I???m really comfortable over the putter now and can start the putts on line so which is a nice feeling.???
Defending champion Cheyenne Woods, Tiger Wood’s niece, had a day she would rather forget after an early morning helicopter ride, only narrowily avoiding missing the cut after a six-over second round 78.
“It was horrible,” Woods said. “From the helictopter ride my day went downhill, it happens. I didn???t have any birdies today, I didn???t really play well at all.?? I was scrambling a lot.