Emma Talley has made the cut at the Ricoh Women’s British Open — just getting in under the wire with a birdie on No. 15 in Friday’s second round.
After carding an even-par 72 in Thursday’s opening round, Talley was cruising along still even through 12 holes on Friday.
But a double-bogey on No. 13 put her weekend plans in jeopardy — dropping her to 2-over with the projected cut line at 1-over.
However, Talley came back to par No. 14, then birdied the par-5 15th hole to get back to the magic mark.
Talley is one of 11 players tied for 55th place following 36 holes of play. The top 65 players (and ties) made the cut to play the final two rounds today (Saturday) and Sunday at Royal Lytham & St. Annes in Lancashire, England.
In the first round on Thursday, Talley bogeyed No. 2 early in the round, but came back to get a birdie on No. 16 to get back to even after 18 holes.
Talley is 11 shots behind the leader, but could still cash in with a strong showing this weekend in the major event, which has a total purse of $3.25 million.
Meanwhile, Pornanong Phatlum of Thailand is standing out at the Women’s British Open for more than just her pink golf ball.
The 97th-ranked player has yet to drop a shot in two straight rounds of 5-under 67 that will give her a one-stroke lead heading into the weekend of the year’s fourth major.
While first-round leader Minjee Lee and Mamiko Higa encountered problems down the stretch at a rainy Royal Lytham to give up two-shot leads on Friday, Pornanong played a steady hand and put her pink ball in all the right places — explicitly, out of the many bunkers that define the course.
The 28-year-old Thai missed a 10-foot putt for birdie in front of the clubhouse on the 18th green but that didn’t get her down. She was 10 under par overall.
“I’ve had a game plan,” Pornanong said. “I try to plan every shot, every hole.”
It’s given her a great chance of winning a first major title, and claiming a first victory on the LPGA Tour. Her last win was on the Asian Tour in January 2015 and she has only one top-10 finish all year.
Talley was scheduled to tee off at 3:30 a.m. this morning Central Daylight Time — 9:30 a.m. in England.
She will play the third round with Amy Yang of South Korea.
Golf Channel and NBC will both televise third and fourth round action of the Women’s British Open.
Today’s third round coverage begins on Golf Channel from 6 a.m.-10 a.m. before moving over to NBC from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
On Sunday, Golf Channel will provide live coverage from 6-10:30 a.m. before giving way to NBC from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.