Belgium’s Manon De Roey had an exceptional second round at the Aramco Saudi Ladies International presented by Public Investment Fund.
The LET winner was one of four players to produce a six-under-par 66 in the second round at Royal Greens.
It was a brilliant front nine for De Roey, who rolled in four birdies and an eagle to make the turn in 30 (-6).
And despite facing tougher conditions on the back nine, the Belgian dropped a shot on the eighth and then finished with a birdie on nine to move up to T9 on the leaderboard.
“The front nine was basically no wind, so I had to take advantage of that a little bit,” said De Roey, who finished fourth on the 2022 Race to Costa del Sol.
“I know I can reach some par-fives. I had some good birdie putts in the beginning, I birdied my first hole and then on the 12th, which is also a tough hole with the wind left to right.
“The eagle on 13 came a bit unexpectedly. I had I think 177 into the green but I just wanted to be over there. I was in the back of the green and I had like crazy putts, four breaks I think, so I just wanted to get close to the hole.
“Then it went in, so that was very nice, and I had some good saves as well. I took advantage of the no wind on the front nine, and then I tried to manage myself on the back nine because the wind came up. I made some great saves again and I birdied the last hole, which is nice.”
After making a move up the leaderboard on Friday, De Roey sits in a share of ninth place and is six shots behind leader Aditi Ashok.
But having played in many events at Royal Greens, the winner of the Aramco Team Series – Bangkok individual title will be trying to use her past knowledge for the final 36 holes.
She explained: “I’m expecting a lot of wind still. There is always wind here on this course. You just have to be patient out there. I am going to create chances for myself, hit some good shots, and roll in some putts.
“I’ve played here more than my home course the last few years. Being here a couple of times before is definitely an advantage over the field. Some girls haven’t been here. I think I know the tricks and how to manage to play the course. I’m going to use that to my advantage.”
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