Date: September 22, 2012
Author: Omnisport

Garrett maintains lead in Tenerife

Australian Nikki Garrett rolled in a final-hole birdie to retain her overnight lead at the Open de Espana Femenino in Tenerife. Garret held a three-shot lead after carding a sizzling eight-under 64 on Thursday. The 23-year-old began second round at Golf Las Americas with a double bogey but fought back with three birdies against two bogeys to finish with a 73 that left her on seven under overall. “It was probably 100 percent different to yesterday. I fought really hard out there today and I suppose that shows a bit of character because it could really have been anything today, said Garrett, the 2007 Open de Espana champion at Country Club Mediterraneo. “My putting saved my life, pretty much, so I&aposm quite happy with a 73. “A little bit different to yesterday but I&aposll take it. I didn t really hit anything close so the birdie putt on the last was probably the closest putt all day for birdie. It was good. It wasn&apost good, but it was a good result in the end.” Garrett leads from a group of four players who are a shot back on six under – Germany&aposs Caroline Masson, England&aposs Florentyna Parker and Frenchwomen Joanna Klatten and Celine Palomar. Laura Davies held a share of the lead at one stage on Friday, but the Englishwoman triple-bogeyed the last hole to fall back to five under. Davies shares sixth place American Esther Choe, Australian Stacey Keating and Italian Sophie Sandolo.