Women’s Open: Louise Duncan keeps herself in the mix after caddie’s ball mix-up

It was a day when Louise Duncan, the darling of these galleries, first watched her caddie throw her playing partner’s ball over a wall and deep into a nettle bush and finished with the 22-year-old admitting that depending on the size of her first cheque as a pro here on Sunday, it will either be a ferry to Arran or a flight to Tobago. 

The bizarre experience must have told the Scot one thing: it is never boring at the AIG Women’s Open. Not when you are Louise Duncan, anyway.

A year ago, the then student finished in a tie for 10th at Carnoustie, having gone into the final round two off the lead. The only downside of that remarkable showing was that as an amateur she could not collect the £80,000 she would otherwise have picked up. 

Now, on only her second start in the paid ranks – having missed the cut at last week’s Women’s Scottish Open – Duncan again finds herself in the mix going into the weekend. She is in the top 20 on two-under, six behind Korean Chun In-gee (66), the three-time major-winner who is one clear of Swede Madelene Sagstrom (65) and South African Ashleigh Buhai (65)

“Two-under for two rounds under Muirfield in testing conditions is quite good and I’m happy,” she said after a 74. “It was a grind, but after last year, I knew what to expect. Although, no, I didn’t expect what happened there on the second hole.”

Dean Robertson is her mentor as well as her bagman. A former winner on the European Tour who played on the same Walker Cup team as Padraig Harrington, Robertson, 52, has seen it all and when Sophia Schubert handed him a ball, he thought the American had just found it and wanted him to get rid. So he threw it over his left shoulder. 

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