A one over par 73 was enough for Corinne Dibnah to hold onto a one shot lead at the end of day two of the Chrysler Open. Sweden's Sophie Gustafson and Iben Tinning of Denmark lie one shot adrift of Dibnah on two under par after 36.
Damage limitation was the order of the day in the windy conditions at Halmstad Golfklubb and players saw the cut rise to eight over par at the close of play. Dibnah started the day tied on four under with Swede Sara Eklund, but whilst the Australian hovered around par, Eklund lapsed into a bogey minefield, carding three bogeys and one double bogey on her way to a three over par 75.
An approach shot to two feet at the second set Dibnah up with her first birdie of the day and she parred her way through the next 11 holes before a wayward drive caused her to drop a shot on the par five 14th.
A pulled approach on 18 landed her in a greenside bunker and after playing a good recovery from an awkward lie she missed the four foot par putt that would have kept her on four under for the tournament.
The 37-year-old, who's last victory came in the Italian Open in 1994, said she is pleased with how she has played.
"It's brilliant to be leading again," the 13 time LET winner explained. "It's pretty tough out there. It's easier when the wind is behind or against, but when it's across like it is on 14 to 18 it makes the finishing holes much more difficult."
Four under par 68 was the best round of the day, coming from Sophie Gustafson who has already won the Italian Open and the Chick-fil-A in America this season. Her move up the leaderboard was popular with the Swedish crowds and she goes into the third day a likely contender for the Chrysler title.
Sharing second place with Gustafson is Iben Tinning, who was one of only three people who broke 70 on the event's second day. Spain's Marina Arruti matched Tinning's score and moves up into fourth place on one under par after 36 holes. Another player who made a significant move up the leaderboard was England's Laura Davies, winner of the Chrysler Open for the last two years.
Davies, who had a disappointing 75 on the balmy first day at Halmstad, came back with a two under 68 in the challenging conditions and now lies four off the pace on one over par.
"I played well today," the defending champion said. "I'm only four behind and I'm not happy with that but it's not too bad. Four shots is nothing in golf."