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Friday October 11, 2013 MYT 7:43:00 PM
Friday October 11, 2013 MYT 7:46:03 PM
by ashreena pillai
Caroline Masson on the second day of the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia at the KLGCC. She is spending six weeks in Asia, playing in South Korea, Taiwan and Japan next.
KUALA LUMPUR: Germany's Caroline Masson is thoroughly enjoying the LPGA and not too worried about the numbers, especially since she’s still in the running for the LPGA’s Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie Of The Year Award.
The 24-year-old from Gladbeck, Germany, has played 17 tournaments prior to the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, with two top-10 finishes. Her best finish was fifth in the Safeway Classic in September and joint seventh at the CN Canadian Women’s Open in August.
“It can always go better ... I think I’ve had a good year so far. I struggled with my game a bit in the beginning with the first few tournaments but then I had a few good finishes and I’m really starting to enjoy it out there. I’m still in the running for the Rookie Of The Year, so I’m not complaining,” said Masson.
Starting with the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia this week, Masson is happy to be on a little tour of Asia. After Kuala Lumpur, she heads off to the LPGA KEB HanaBank Championship in South Korea, followed by the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship before taking a week off and then competing in the Mizuno Classic (Japan) in early November.
“Yeah, I’m playing all the Asian events. I mean, I’ve never been here so I just want to try. Six weeks ... it’s good,” she added smiling.
“It’s my first time in Malaysia and it’s been great. I mean it’s pretty warm and Europeans traditionally are not really used to that, but the golf course is awesome this week. I think every player loves this tournament (because of that) and I do too and I’m just glad I could play all right so far.”
Masson, who teed off the second round on the first nine together with Americans Alison Walshe and Lexi Thompson, picked up birdies on the second, third and eighth holes. But a mistake on the 16th cost her on Friday.
Masson shot a one-under 70 on Friday for a two-day total of 137 to tie at 16th with Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum, Korean Shin Jiyai, Americans Michelle Wie and Stacy Lewis, Sweden’s Caroline Hedwall and Spain’s Beatriz Recari.
“I pretty much hit one bad shot today, and that kind of resulted in a double bogey. So it was just the wrong shot at the wrong time, but it happens. There are plenty of great chances out there for me to make it through,” she said.
“I felt my playing was decent today except for that one shot. The plan tomorrow is to just go out and stay patient, try to hit the fairways, get it close and make some putts – which is key here.
“There are good scores for me out there, so I’m just going to try to go slow tomorrow.”
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