Ladies European Tour: After jumping into the lead at the Andalucia Costa del Sol Open de Espana, Carlota Ciganda thanked Tommy Fleetwood for his putting tips.
At Los Naranjos Golf Club, the four-time Ladies European Tour winner recorded a bogey-free 66 to go into first place, one stroke ahead of compatriot Fatima Fernandez Cano.
Ciganda birdied two of her first three holes and added another at the par-four seventh to reach the halfway mark in 33, before picking up a stroke at the 10th and holing an eagle at the par-five 14th to take the lead.
After seeking advice from Ryder Cup winner Fleetwood, the Solheim Cup player recently changed her putting grip, and she was happy to see the move pay off.
“I’m very delighted with my day; it’s a great day when you don’t make any bogeys,” Ciganda remarked. “I felt very good out there, hit some fantastic shots, and my putting was on point today, so I’m pleased with my four birdies and one eagle.
“I’ve been putting this way for the past three weeks since I felt like I needed a change. When your putting isn’t working, you have to try other things, so I switched grips and it appears to be working, and maybe it will continue to work for the next two days.
“He [Fleetwood] taught me a number of things, and I really like his stroke and how he uses his putter, so I’ve been studying a lot of films, and I think it’s helping me and it’s the way to go for me going forward,” says the golfer.
Anne-Lise Caudal of France, who was tied for first after round one, is in the third position and three strokes back, while Ursula Wikstrom of Finland is four shots back after a flawless 68.
Cloe Frankish of England is five strokes off the lead after the second round of 69 that included four birdies and one bogey, tying her for fifth place with overnight leader Manon De Roey and Ana Pelaez of Spain.
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