Aussie golfers in contention in Abu Dhabi

Australian golfers Sarah Kemp and Rebecca Artis are on track for an impressive finish to the Ladies European Tour tour event in Abu Dhabi with a round to play.

12-Jan-2019 By Australian Associated Press

Australian duo Sarah Kemp and Rebecca Artis are within range of the top of the leaderboard with a round to negotiate in the Ladies European Tour Fatima Bint Mubarak Open in Abu Dhabi.

Kemp shaved two strokes off her opening round even-par 72 to sit three strokes adrift of English leader Charley Hull who struggled to add a par round to her first-up 67.

Artis also battled to handle blustery conditions at the Saadiyat Beach Golf Club before carding a 73 to sit at one-under for the tournament.

Hull takes a slender one stroke lead over compatriot Jodi Ewart Shadoff into the final round.

Shadoff birdied her last two holes for a second-successive 70, the joint lowest score of a day which saw just 11 players break par.

Norway's Marianne Skarpnord, Sweden's Cajsa Persson and Spain's Luna Sobron are two shots off the pace on three-under.

"It was really tough out there today," Hull said.

"To give you an example, I flushed a seven iron 118 yards on hole 17. The pin was 120 yards and I still came up short. I usually hit that club 165-170 yards, so that is a ridiculous wind."


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