Captain Jodi Ewart Shadoff will be relying on her veterans at the Dubai Ladies Masters, while rising stars such as Danielle Kang continue to make the most of their chances.
The defending champion, Ewart Shadoff will be missing out on the front nine but will be returning to the Old Course at Royal County Down Golf Club for the final round, just as the big-name players play their final warm-up tournament. After three straight bogeys, Ewart Shadoff eagled the 5th hole but she was still four shots off the lead after putting 16th. The English golfer played like a champion at the finish, making her way up the leaderboard, which is something she is doing very well this season. Ewart Shadoff has claimed two top-six finishes, which leaves her alongside the likes of Pernilla Lindberg and Pornanong Phatlum as having the highest ratio of wins to starts this season. Ewart Shadoff is also the first English golfer to win a Ladies European Tour event since Joanna Parker at Ladies European Masters in 2011. “I’m just going to go there to put pressure on myself. I mean, I’ve played quite well, good practice session as well,” said Ewart Shadoff. “I played quite well on the range the other day. I’m just going to really play the way I played at Aberdeen for sure. That was like a really solid round, so I just want to stick to that.” – With all eyes on Ewart Shadoff, let’s also take a look at how young players like Danielle Kang and Sandra Gal are going to impact the tournament, for better or worse. Danielle Kang is the reigning champion and is all but a lock to repeat. She finished the first round seven strokes ahead of her closest competitor and for the most part, hasn’t dropped a shot since. If the scoring is low, she will be at the top. If the course and wind are windy, Kang may struggle. “It’s nice. I’m right in the action,” Kang said. “Obviously, I came down and played the first round. I’m pumped to just stay with it and play a couple of holes and just see where it takes me. I can’t be nervous on this course. I have to be ready, have good attitude and hopefully [I can] go low.” Watch for Danielle Kang on Friday morning. – Sandra Gal is a bit of a dark horse at this tournament, especially after making the cut with a score of +1. “I’ve got the confidence to play this course and I’ve also got the belief to play my game,” Gal said. “I don’t just know what to do.” –