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Barking Mad or a Good Tip

After a relatively lacklustre 71 in her first round in the HSBC World Champions, Azahara Munoz ignored the windier conditions of the second day to  hand in the 68 which had her finishing at five under par and up among the leaders.

 

The Spaniard had got off to the right start by doing as she often does in sharing a few moments on Face Time with her Golden Doodle, Chip. Chip added to Munoz’s good vibes by looking around excitedly and wagging his tail before his mistress set off with three birdies in her front nine 33. “He always puts me in the right mood,” she laughed.

 

Munoz has been “that close to playing well” for the last few weeks. Today, she was closer still. So much so that not even the rising wind was getting to her as it was to many another. She was hitting her drives down the middle and, still more significantly, she was knocking her irons bang on target as she pinned down four birdies and nothing in the way of a bogey.

Her putting, too, was first class, enabling her to sign off with an up-and-down par at the last. “I just love these fast greens,” she warned.

The Solheim Cup Spaniard has no shortage of fans at Sentosa and she picked up another on the practice range this morning.

A nine-year-old girl by name of Emily Kerrison, who had been given the day off school, was trying to identify a favourite player and Munoz, with her lovely swing, was on her short list. However, the deal was only sealed when the child saw Munoz’s dog conversation.

From that moment on, she stuck with the Munoz party as if on a lead.