Pregnant Young bows out after brave effort at Woburn

Fri Jul 29, 2016 5:19pm EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

WOBURN, England (Reuters) - Liz Young's husband-caddie provided a perfect summary after his expectant wife's brave bid to qualify for the last two rounds of the Women's British Open ended in disappointment on Friday.

"The heart was willing but the body gave up on her," Jonathan Young told Reuters after the blonde Englishwoman, who is seven months pregnant, tired over the closing holes and missed the cut on 149, five over par.

"She did well just to keep going over the last couple of holes. Even if she had made the cut I'm not sure she could have played two more rounds."

Liz, 33, with her sizeable bump showing beneath a light blue tee-shirt, was exhausted by the time three putts on the 18th green gave her a four-over 76 in the fourth women's major of the year.

"I was very tired. I played okay but I just had some loose shots at the end when my back was killing me and my feet were killing me," she told Reuters after Woburn's severely undulating fairways and greens got the better of her.

"I was pleased to compete here, I just wish I had a bit more energy for the last six holes. The hills on 14 and 15 wiped me out and it was a battle coming in.

"I know my golf is good enough for me to be here for the weekend, it was whether I had the energy to keep going," said Young.

"I thought maybe with the 3:30 tee time I had today that I'd have plenty of rest in between the two rounds but it started to hit me around 12 and 13."   Continued...

Britain Golf - RICOH Women's British Open 2016 - Woburn Golf & Country Club, England - 29/7/16
England's Liz Young with her caddie, husband Jonathan Young during the second round
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