Best-of-the-day 65 sends Matthew soaring at Woburn

Fri Jul 29, 2016 3:57pm EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

WOBURN, England (Reuters) - Evergreen Catriona Matthew, boosted by having husband Graham back on her bag after a spell looking after their two young children, launched a determined title charge at the Ricoh Women's British Open on Friday.

The 46-year-old Scot galloped through the field with a best-of-the-day 65 and finished the second round of the fourth women's major of the year within striking distance of the pacesetters.

South Korean Lee Mi-rim (71) led the way on 11-under 133, one ahead of Shanshan Feng (68) of China and Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn (69).

It was 2009 British Open champion Matthew, though, who took most of the plaudits after packing seven birdies into a flawless round to share fourth spot with South Korean Jang Ha-na (67).

"Graham doesn't get to come out often now... so it's just great having him here," Matthew told reporters.

"He caddied for 16, 17 years so we are very used to the way each of us react on the course."

Matthew is also looking forward to having her husband, who started carrying her bag again at last week's Scottish Open, for company when she partners Charley Hull in the British women's golf team at next month's Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

"Luckily we have some very helpful grandparents so it will be great to have Graham out there," she said.   Continued...

Britain Golf - RICOH Women's British Open 2016 - Woburn Golf & Country Club, England - 29/7/16
Scotland's Catriona Matthew in action during the second round
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