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If there is one stat that no one has yet considered "Late/EarlyDraw" was finally revealed during the second round of the Aberdeen Scottish Ladies Open. CaddiePayer founder Stephane Barras was there, luckly inside the Renaissance Club house over looking the 18th putting green when the storm gusty wind/horizontal rain hit east lothian coast around 11h30 and lasted at least an hour and half before the play was stopped.
Missy Pederson who caddied for Angela Stanford tweeted:
"the early/late wave played the course in 62 under par on Friday, while the late/early played it in 307 over par. . . and yes that is a 369 shot difference in a single day!”
On Friday night cut day, The LPGA reported that twice as many players in the late/early draw missed the cut (57/28). Mi Jung Hur was the leader through two rounds at 14 under overall. She played in the favorable wave. She was 10 shots better than Hyo Joo Kim, who produced the best 36-hole score from that early/late draw. While England's Laura Davies shot 68 in Friday’s “horrific” morning conditions and described her three-under-par 68 – as the second best round of her career.
Dame Laura Davis comments:
“The first shot of the day I hit driver and it left me a 4-iron into that 10th and we were hitting wedges the rest of the week and I hit it to about a foot, and a really low one under the wind. It helps if you have the little knock-down shots and I hit probably ten or 12 knock-down shots. I hit two 1-irons into the 4th, 1-iron off the tee and 1-iron into the green. I’ve never done that before.
Stephane Barras comments:
I must say that as the general level of the Players is increasing the "Weather/Draw: effect can have a "unfair" impact on players performance. It is not the first time that I am witnessing the unfair "Late/Early" lucky scenario... the Ladies Scottish Open reached an extreme that would be valuable to debate on changing the way cuts are decided. For exemple looking more into another Format as in The Ski World Cup where weather and course conditions are more to keep the best in course and still give a chance to the newcomers to proove under toughter conditions they way up...
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