Suzann Pettersen’s record in the championship reads played 11, five missed cuts and a best finish of T14 three years ago.
That all looks set to change in the next few days. The World No 3 added a blemish-free 67 to her opening 70 ensure a late tee time on Saturday.
All the scoring work was done on the front nine with four birdies in the first six holes and a fifth at the 9th meant she was out in 31.
Then, with the wind into on the tougher closing stretch, she ground out nine straight pars while others saw their scores slip back.
The Norwegian has just one Major to her name, at the 2007 LPGA Championship, though there have been a number of close runs with nine other top-five finishes.
I have the best seat in the house for sure. I can sit there and watch golf for the next eight hours – Suzann Pettersen “I think I said last year that was the most comfortable I felt on a links course and this year I feel like I’m in control of my game. I feel like I’m really simplifying everything.
“It was a very stress-free two under and I felt like I left a couple out there. The finishing stretch is quite a tough few holes so if you want to play smart you’re still leaving a lot of long approaches.”
As for the rest of the day Pettersen is planning to put her feet up and enjoy watching the later starters battle with the conditions.
“I have the best seat in the house for sure. I can sit there and watch golf for the next eight hours.”