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Nicole Broch Estrup

Nicole Broch Estrup fired a sensational round of 66 (-7) on day two of the Joburg Ladies Open at Modderfontein Golf Club.

The Danish star produced a flawless performance with seven birdies on her scorecard for a round of seven-under and to have a total of eight-under-par heading into the weekend.

After a disappointing day on the par-fives yesterday, Broch Estrup made sure to take advantage of them on day two and now holds a two-shot lead after 36 holes.

“Yesterday, I was three-over on the par-fives,” she said. “I am always kind of focusing on the par-fives, but today I really wanted to take advantage of them.

“The first hole being a par-five, I started with a nice birdie so that kicked it off. The big difference from yesterday to today was the par-fives, I think I’m four-under on them and yesterday I was three-over. I’m getting away with a couple of bad drives here and there but in general I’m feeling good.”

Broch Estrup has spoken previously about the anxiety around her golf game, but her husband Kasper, who is also her caddie, was able to remind her today of her goals for the week.

She explained: “The strongest part of my game was probably my putting. I haven’t three-putted yet in these two rounds and I made some clutch five to seven footers when I needed for pars and even for birdies on the par-fives when I two-putted.

“My putting is feeling good, but in general Kasper was good at reminding me that my big goal is that I want to achieve and not avoid. So, not being afraid of hitting a bad shot but trying to achieve to hit good shots and I did good today on that part.”

Three players share second place with Sweden’s Linnea Johansson, Czechia’s Klara Davidson Spilkova and England’s Lily May Humphreys all on six-under-par.

It was a hot start for Johansson, who teed off on 10, and rolled in four birdies in her first five holes before adding another on 17.

Despite a double bogey on the fourth, the Swede bounced back with a birdie on eight to seal a round of 69 (-4) and move to a total of six-under.

“It was obviously a very great day,” said Johansson. “It was good to post a low score. I started very nicely with five-under on my front nine and struggled a bit with on the back nine, but I’m super happy with my performance today. 

“The course is in very great condition. I putted really well especially on my front nine. I had a lot of good opportunities and managed to roll them in.

“I’m going to try to stick to my…


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