Sharmila misses cut in Morocco

PTI| Updated: Mar 15, 2014, 18:56 PM IST

Agadir (Morocco): Sharmila Nicollet fell apart in the last three holes, dropping no less than four shots in the three-hole closing stretch to miss the cut by just one at the Lalla Meryem Cup.

Sharmila was close to top-25 at even par for the second round with three holes to go. But she went into a tailspin and had a bogey-double bogey-bogey finish to crash out of the tournament.

From being even par with three holes to go, she ended at four-over 146 for 36 holes and missed the cut, which fell at three-over.

"It was just a bad day and I still can`t believe what happened in the few holes," said Sharmila. "I just need to be patient and work hard."

Also missing the cut was India`s other representative, Neha Tripathi, who improved to even par 71 on second day, but the first round 77 had done enough damage to her chances.

Defending champion Ariya Jutanugarn fired a bogey-free five-under-par 66 in the second round of the Lalla Meryem Cup on Friday to grab a two stroke lead heading into the weekend at Golf de l`Ocean here.

After a rollercoaster opening round of 68, which included 10 birdies, two bogeys, a double and a triple, the 18-year-old from Bangkok rediscovered her form with the driver and reeled off five birdies at holes four, six, seven, 14 and 16.

Jutanugarn sits two clear of 15-year-old French amateur Mathilda Cappeliez, who had a tournament low seven-under 64 and Germany`s Nina Holleder, who fired a second successive round of three-under-par 68.

Laura Davies, Gwladys Nocera, Sophie Giquel-Bettan and overnight co-leader Sophie Walker were all on five-under-par and each rued a few missed putts, although their long games were excellent.
Lee-Anne Pace, Rebecca Hudson and Nobuhle Dlamini are a stroke further behind on four-under-par. Pace`s round included an eagle on the par-five second hole, where she pitched in from 45 metres using a 60 degree wedge.