HOYLAKE, England -- It was “Best of British” day at the Women’s British Open on Saturday. Players and spectators alike dressed in red, white and blue, and there was even a look-alike Queen.
Sadly, this could not inspire the former Open champions from Britain. Laura Davies retired with an ankle injury after nine holes, and Karen Stupples, who admitted to struggling with a grip change, badly missed the cut at 13-over. Catriona Matthew only just made it through to the last two rounds on Sunday, finishing at 5-over, right on the cut.
Instead, when it came to the best of the British on the leaderboard, it was all about the future.
Holly Clyburn, 21, eagled the last hole for a 73 to be 1 over par for the tournament, one stroke ahead of 17-year-old Bronte Law.
Charley Hull, the 16-year-old who shot 1-under Thursday, had three double bogeys in her last five holes Saturday for an 80 and missed the cut.