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Making another strong run on a major in Ji Chun.
The South Korean golfer took a halfway lead at the Women’s British Open after a 5-under 66 in the second round on Friday, putting her in a position to challenge for her second major title of the year, and fourth overall.
Chun had an 8-under total of 134, which put her one shot ahead of South Africa’s Ashley Buhai and Sweden’s Madeleine Sagström, who both scored 65.
Seven-time major winner Inbi Park, also of South Korea, was one shot further behind after 67.
Chun, who won the Women’s PGA Championship at Congressional in June, carded six birdies and one bogey in her round at Muirfield, despite a consecutive weekend round of 75.
Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont., Canada, who won the previous major, the Evian Championship in France, put together her second consecutive 1-under 70 round to finish 17th.
Sunday’s winner will earn more than US$1 million but Chun said she was also inspired by the slightly smaller cash prize on offer.
“Before the tournament started, my caddy Dean and I talked about the course and after that we made a little bet,” Chun said. “If I make a bogey-free round he has said he’s going to buy me dinner and pay me $100 every day. So before each round it’s like setting another goal. Helped a lot on the course. I had two bogies in the last two days but I want to keep trying to make a swamp-free round.”
First round leaders fall
Three of Chun’s four LPGA Tour victories have come in the majors, including the 2016 Evian Championship and the 2015 US Women’s Open.
On Friday, he also got some help from a gust of wind that made Scottish links golf so difficult.
“I have a great reason to love the Scottish air now,” Chun said. “My ball was around the edge of the hole today, and fell for like three seconds. So now I can enjoy the Scottish air more.”
Buhai looked on course to claim the halfway lead when she made an eagle and four birdies to turn 30, but after taking another shot on the 11th she could not make any further advantage and ended the day. dropped his only shot. The last.
Overnight leader Hinako Shibuno chased down his opening 65 with 73 runs and fell four shots off the pace.
Jessica Korda, who was second after the first round, settled for 74 and finished 17th.
Four-time major winner Laura Davis, making her 42nd appearance in the event at age 58, missed the cut after 81, including 10 in 18th place.