Catriona Matthew and Mel Reid secure spots at US Women’s Open

Catriona Matthew, Mel Reid and Sarah Schober will all play at the US Women’s Open after coming through the 36-hole European Sectional Qualifier at Buckinghamshire Golf Club.

Swedish amateur Linn Grant was the star of Monday’s two rounds, following up her morning 67 with a 70 in the afternoon for a seven-under total of 137 – the only player in the field to finish under par.

The 18-year-old, who sat a maths exam on Tuesday morning, will play in her first major championship at Shoal Creek Golf Club in Alabama from May 31 to June 3.

The last two women’s majors have been won by Swedes, with Anna Nordqvist claiming the Evian Championship and Pernilla Lindberg winning the ANA Inspiration.

2019 Solheim Cup captain Matthew was second on the day as rounds of 69 and 75 in blustery conditions left her level par.

She told ladieseuropeantour.com: “I actually played really well, but I had a pathetic last three holes, especially 17 and 16, but all you have to do is get into that top four. It doesn’t matter if you are first or fourth. I’m there, which is good. Shoal Creek will be a new experience.”

Reid recovered from a poor morning’s work, when she struggled to a 75, to shoot 71 in the afternoon for a two-over score.

“It was a day of two halves,” she said. “I wasn’t 100 per cent happy this morning. I was pretty disappointed. This afternoon I had to get off to a fast start. Hopefully this is the turning point in my season.”

Schober finished bogey, double bogey to almost blow her chance of qualification, but she recovered her poise to beat Sophie Walker with a par at the second play-off hole, leaving Walker to wait for her chance as first alternate.

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Grant birdied all four of the Buckinghamshire’s par fives in the morning and although she double-bogeyed the par-three third in the afternoon, three straight birdies from the seventh settled her ahead of Tuesday’s more academic tests.

“My goal is always to win, but that would be crazy!” she said. “Even though it’s a big event and a new thing, I’ll do my best and it will be good to test my game against the others.”

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