The American Lilia Vu and the English Charley Hull took advantage this Saturday of the collapse of the also American Ally Ewing, leader the first two days, to take the shared command at the British Open, fifth and last 'major' of the women's golf season and that is played until this Sunday at the Walton Heath club in Surrey (United Kingdom).
Lilia Vu and Charley Hull, results
Ally Ewing began the day this Saturday comfortably installed in the lead and with an advantage of five shots after having made 68 on Thursday and 66 on Friday. But her nerves took hold of the player from Tupelo and, with three bogeys and not a single birdie on the first nine holes, her rent was practically dissolved.
Then Ewing somewhat recovered his tone with two consecutive birdies at 10 and 11, which helped him as a balm, but two bogeys at 13 and 14, relieved with a birdie at 16, and another blur at 17 made him cede control. control.
Lilia Vu (67 this Saturday) and Charley Hull (68) took advantage of it to take the lead. Both with a margin blow over the American Angel Yin and the South Korean Hyo-Joo Kim, seventh in the world, and two over Ally Ewing, who still has not lost her options.
Charley Hull, world number 16 and local heroine, is chasing her first title in a 'big', although she has two wins on the LPGA Tour. Lilia Vu, sixth in the world ranking, does have a 'major' in her showcase: the Chevron Championship this year.
She has also won two LPGA tournaments. The only Spaniard who managed to make the cut, the 20-year-old amateur from Malaga Julia López, current individual European champion, signed 67 shots this Saturday (4 over par), with only two birdies for six bogeys, for a total of 221 ( +5) in his first experience in a 'major'
The tournament series was introduced in 1979 and since then has had great difficulty establishing itself alongside the very popular American women's tournament series, the LPGA Tour. In 2011, the LET held 27 tournaments (including one in Germany) with a total prize money of around 11 million euros.
The two most important tournaments by far, the Masters in France and the Women's British Open in England, were held together with the American LPGA.