DAYTONA BEACH, Florida, Oct. 8, 2017 - Rachel Rohanna (-10) remains the leader through two rounds of the Symetra Tour Championship in Daytona Beach, Fla. Second round play was suspended on Saturday evening at 6:47 p.m., with 21 groups left to complete play on Sunday.
Round-one leader Yu Liu, finished her second round on a high note with a birdie on 18 on Sunday to play her way into Monday’s final group at 8-under par.
When Liu completed her second round, which spanned the course of two days, she was beaming when she heard the final round wouldn’t be starting until Monday.
“It was a very hot round out there today, so I kind of lost my concentration towards the end,” Liu said. “It’s definitely great for me to have some time off and recharge to get ready for tomorrow.”
Liu is No. 8 on the Volvik Race for the Card and is looking forward to putting in a good round on Monday to secure her LPGA Tour card. “I’m very excited to be where I am right now heading into the final round of the final tournament of the season,” Liu said.
No. 1 on the Volvik Race for the Card Benyapa Niphatsophon rocketed up the leaderboard on Sunday as she turned in a bogey-free 6-under par 66. She is one of five players to have locked in their 2018 LPGA Tour cards.
Emma Talley entered the Symetra Tour Championship on the bubble at No. 10 on the Volvik Race for the Card, and has put herself in a great spot heading into the final round at 7-under par in fourth place.
“I’m playing really well right now, hitting my irons really well and giving myself a lot of birdie opportunities,” Talley said. “I had a lot of lip outs, so it feels good coming off the round feeling like I could’ve played better, but I’m still near the top of the leaderboard.”
Talley, the 2013 U.S Women’s Amateur Champion and 2015 NCAA Golf Individual Champion, won her first Symetra tournament earlier this season and is ready to lock in her LPGA card.
“I’m excited. I’m glad to have given myself this opportunity,” Talley said. “Hopefully tomorrow I can play well and get my card, but I’ve got 18 more holes, so it’s not over till the fat lady sings.”
The third and final round of the Symetra Tour Championship will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 9, with the leaders teeing off at 10:20 a.m.
The final five holes of the Symetra Tour Championship will be broadcast on Facebook Live hosted by Amy Rogers and Gail Graham with interviews by Bailey Mosier on www.facebook.com/LPGA.
Rohanna Has Clubhouse Lead as Play is Suspended in Round Two of Symetra Tour Championship - Partial Recap
Rachel Rohanna is the clubhouse leader midway through the second round of the Symetra Tour Championship this weekend in Daytona Beach, Fla. Second round play was suspended due to darkness at 6:47 p.m. with 21 groups left on the course.
Rohanna shot a 65 in the second round to take a three-shot lead over Emma Talley and Kendall Dye, who followed up an opening 70 with a second-round 68. Talley only completed four holes in her second round before play was called.
Rohanna was six under on the front nine in the second round, including an eagle on the par five ninth. Similar to her first round, she was extremely accurate off the tee and was error-free around the greens.
“I was hitting the ball really well,” said Rohanna. "I was just trying to smile. We played 30 holes today, so you get a little bit tired out there.”
The players in the morning wave completed their first rounds and then went back out on the course to begin the second round.
"I think it's harder whenever you’re on and off the course, kind of how the morning wave had to do it the first day,” she added. “Luckily for me I kind of was able to watch the forecast and get the updates at home, know I can stay in my pajamas or go to Starbucks for a little bit.”
Yu Liu, the first-round leader, joined three players at five under par.
The Symetra Tour Championship was shortened to a 54-hole event after the lingering effects of Hurricane Irma and 6-1/2 inches of additional rain rendered the course unplayable until Friday afternoon.
Second round play will resume Sunday at 10:00 a.m.