Back to anniversary celebration as Lindberg fails to make cut in NZ


WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Pernilla Lindberg's celebration of her one-year wedding anniversary did not go quite to plan with the Swedish LPGA Tour major winner well off the pace after two rounds of the New Zealand Open on Friday.

The 33-year-old Lindberg, who won the LPGA's ANA Inspiration major championship in 2018, shot a one-over 73 on Friday on The Hills course near Queenstown to leave her on 10-over 153 and tied for 152nd in the field of 156 players.

Lindberg, the first woman to play the New Zealand Open, shot a nine-over 80 on the first day at the nearby Millbrook Resort course on Thursday.

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The top-60 scores make the cut for the third round.

Australia's Ben Eccles held the early second round clubhouse lead after he shot 68 at Millbrook to move to 10-under 133. Defending champion Michael Hendry was on seven-under at 136.

Lindberg was originally only planning on taking a holiday in New Zealand to celebrate her wedding anniversary but was given a sponsor's exemption to compete at the tournament. She got married in the Queenstown area last year.

She was partnered with two-times World Rugby's Player of the Year Beauden Barrett in the first two rounds, where a professional and amateur are paired together.

(Reporting by Greg Stutchbury; Editing by Himani Sarkar)

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