Emily Pedersen had one of the most colorful scorecards in the second round of the Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open with six bogeys, five pars, five birdies and two eagles for a second-consecutive 69 at Dumbarnie Links, where she finished the day in a tie for second at -6. The five-time Ladies European Tour winner said she was disappointed in her putting but knows exactly what to work on heading into the weekend.
“I've only missed I think eight greens in two days, which is quite solid. My chipping has been really good. Obviously it's frustrating feeling so many parts of the game is good, and then lacking the putting a little bit,” said Pedersen. “But there's two more days, and I have time to fix it. I have fixed it before for a weekend, so hopefully I can do that again.”
Pedersen felt her game pick up last week in Tokyo, where she finished fifth at the 2020 Olympics. “Bummed not to bring home a medal. I was in it all the way into the middle of the back nine, so obviously it kind of sucks when you're close,” said Pedersen. “But again, it's probably the best event that I had this year. I had four rounds in a row under par. This is the first time this year that I have that.”
One year to the day, Pedersen found herself in second following the first round of the Women’s Scottish Open. Entering the event, she was No. 491 in the world, but would end the event in a playoff against Cheyenne Knight, Azahara Munoz and eventual champion Stacy Lewis and rise within the top 200 in just one week. The performance would propel her to a career resurgence, specifically four wins and the LET Order of Merit by the end of the 2020 season. After overcoming mental and play struggles since 2016, Pedersen’s ability brought her to the Olympics, closer to her second appearance in the Solheim Cup at Inverness Club and currently to No. 68 in the Rolex Rankings.
To think of where the Dane was at 365 days ago, Pedersen said she appreciates the journey she’s taken since one of the last times she was in the ‘Home of Golf.’
“I'm coming in a little bit more confident this year. But I'm happy to be where I am. I'm happy that I've grown from last year but I'm still trying to grow. I'm still trying to achieve a lot more than I have,” said Pedersen. “But it's all good steps in the right direction.”