ROUND THREE UPDATE
The third round is partially underway but was suspended due to lightning. Round three will resume at 7:30 am ET Sunday morning, with the final round following the conclusion of the third round and a break for the players. Gabriella Then is the leader in the clubhouse.
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STROM AND THEN SHARE LEAD AFTER ROUND TWO
For the first time since Wednesday, the weather was kind to the French Lick Charity Classic. Players were able to finish 18 consecutive holes, complete the second round, and head back out to make up lost time and start round three.
After 36-holes, Linnea Strom regained her spot on top, joining round two’s overnight leader Gabriella Then. The Swede signed for a bogey-free, 1-under round. She carded a lone birdie on the day.
“When I missed it, I feel like I missed it in the right places,” said Strom. “So I was able to save some good pars. It’s always nice to have a bogey free round.”
After playing a full 18 on Saturday morning, Strom got a longer break to recoup before heading back out to start her third round. Strom was hoping to have time to go back to her Airbnb, eat a good lunch and freshen up – all things that are essential to stay positive during a 36-hole day.
“I have to focus on keeping the energy out there,” said Strom. “It’s a pretty tough walk, and it’s pretty hot today as well. It’s most important to me to keep drinking, keep eating and take one hole at a time."
Unlike Strom’s full 18 holes, Then only had to play one this morning to finish her second round. The Californian returned to the course and made par on No. 18, finishing off yesterday’s bogey-free back nine. To stay positive, Then tries to keep her conversations on the course light-hearted.
“I think it really helps to have some fun conversations with your caddie and fellow playing partners,” said Then. “Just to keep in the moment and enjoy being out there.”
Then carded four birdies on the difficult Pete Dye Course, bringing her tournament total to 7-under and tie for the lead.
“To not get frustrated is key,” said Then. “This golf course is really challenging, so you have to stay patient out there.”
Hyo Joon Jang sat right behind Strom and Then, in second place at 6-under. Maddi Caldwell-Young, who had the day’s low round at 5-under, and Daniela Darquea round out the top-5, tied for fourth at 5-under.
A total of 61 players made the cut at 4-over.