Saturday October 13, 2012
Michaels reels off seven birdies to keep pace with Na-yeon
AMERICAN Sydnee Michaels carded seven birdies en route to a six-under 65 to keep pace with leader Choi Na-yeon in the second round of the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club (KLGCC) yesterday.
Her almost flawless display, with the only blemish being a bogey at the par-four ninth hole, gave her a two-day total of 134 – just two strokes behind defending champion Na-yeon.
Michaels was happy with her second round as she put herself in good birdie shots throughout the round.
“Yeah, I definitely got on a roll today. I gave myself some very good birdie chances every time and I made the putts. So I was really rolling the ball well. It was overall a solid round,” said Michaels, who is playing her for the first time.
“This is my first time here and I am really happy with the hospitality shown. It has been really hot here and, of course, there is the rain the past two days.
“The heat is okay as I have my umbrella, compression sleeve, so I am trying to manage. It is good to be in contention.”
She started off with birdies on the second and eighth holes before dropping a shot on the ninth in the front half.
In the second nine, she was on song as she reeled off birdies from the 11th to the 15th holes.
“I plan to do the same over the weekend. I have had some good practice this year being in contention going into the weekends. I am hoping to learn from those experiences and hopefully it will be my week,” said Michaels, who is happy with her putting and believes that the hard work she put in during training is paying off.
But she’s aware that there is still a lot of work to be done over the weekend.
“Golf of a crazy sport where things can change after just one hole. There are still two days left and a lot of golf to play,” she said. “I just want to go out there and play good golf and hopefully my name will be on top on Sunday.”
Michaels said she’s really enjoying her experience here and is fascinated with the shopping.
But nothing will make her happier than holding the trophy in her hands tomorrow.