Tattar Takes Command Through Two

by | Jun 1, 2022 | Disc Golf

Tattar has a four-shot lead over Paige Pierce

Kristin Tattar at the 2022 Champions Cup. Photo: DGPT

APPLING, Ga. — After a self-proclaimed “boring” opening round, Kristin Tattar delivered anything but during round two of the Champions Cup.

The Estonian will be the only remaining competitor on the lead card entering moving day on Saturday, propelled by the hot round on the day, a 5-under par that leaves her with a four stroke lead over Paige Pierce midway through the tournament. Tattar played smart, tactical golf, taking only one bogey on hole 11 due to a low approach shot leaving a circle’s edge bid. Even when she was out of position off the tee, she was effective at getting up and down to save par, posting a perfect 7/7 on scrambling.

Tattar’s commanding performance puts her at 8-under par total.

King Gets Dethroned

After posting the hot round on day one, Hailey King could not emulate her opening round heroics. With seemingly successful drives off the tee, her approach game was placing her in some unfavorable scrambling scenarios. Early releases and overturned shots put King out of position, and she racked up a four-hole bogey train in the middle of her round. Halfway through, King even dug in her bag to throw on a pair of glasses to see if that would help her game down the stretch. Her 1-over performance has her in third place at 3-under par, five shots back of Tattar.

Paige Pierce Pushing

Through eight holes in round two, Kristin Tattar was four-under on the round with Paige Pierce sitting at even. When she had found the green, she missed the birdie look. But the five time world champion wasn’t going to go down easy. She made a valiant push in the back nine, posting a four-under par to keep her in contention.

Hole one seems to continue to bother Pierce: she took a bogey again today after carding a triple bogey during round one, but then the birdies started to roll in. The highlight of her round came on hole nine, where she buried a 76 foot putt, the second of three straight birdies.

Despite some inconsistency, Pierce has also made some great shots: she leads the tournament in parked percentage at 17%.

Seeing Double

Sitting very close to the top in back-to-back positions are the Mandujano sisters. Alexis entered and exited the day at 2-under par after posting an even round. Valerie shot one shy of the hot round in the afternoon to get to 1-under and sits directly behind her sister in a tie for fifth place. After all of the success Valerie has had this season, it will be Alexis on the lead card for round three. Could they land on the podium together for the first time this season?

Statline

After two very clean rounds of golf, Kristin Tattar has only carded three total bogeys through 36 holes of golf. She is the only competitor in the field to go under par in each round of the tournament. Can she keep this pace up entering the weekend and take down her second major championship?

Overheard

“The mentality is definitely different for me today. Both rounds I haven’t looked at scores until I’ve tapped in my last putt, so I’m not really thinking about chasing or being chased. It’s more just trying to get the box and trying to win my card out on that hole. Pretend it’s matchplay, take the box, and then take control. That’ll be the case tomorrow if I do end up holding on for the lead card, then it’ll just be against Kristin who is leading” – Paige Pierce on her mentality entering the weekend

“Oh, it’s exciting. And I love how the people are changing, having new cardmates. It shows how much women’s disc golf has evolved.” -Kristin Tattar on playing with two new players on Saturday’s lead card

Round Two Highlights

Champions Cup Round Two Highlights

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