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Highlights from day two of the AIG Women’s Open at Muirfield as In Gee Chun opened up a one-stroke lead

Highlights from day two of the AIG Women’s Open at Muirfield as In Gee Chun opened up a one-stroke lead

In Gee Chun bolstered her hopes for a second major victory of the season by taking a one-stroke lead halfway through the AIG Women’s Open, as world No. 1 Jin Young Ko suffered an early exit.

The three-time major champion, who won the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship earlier this season, mixed six birdies with just one bogey to post a five-under 66 and move to eight-under at Muirfield.

Chun holds a one-stroke lead over Madelene Sagstrom and Ashleigh Buhai, who led for much of his second round but missed his final hole, with seven-time major champion Inbee Park two behind after a four under 67 .

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Ashleigh Buhai had an eagle and four birdies in a first 30

“Super pleased with the way I played today,” Buhai said. “I’ve stayed very patient. Stuck with my steps and processes, which is my focus this week, just to do them well and hopefully the result will take care of itself. I’ve been doing it pretty well these last few weeks and you know, visibly disappointed to end up with a bogey.”

Chun started day three late and trailed when she canceled a birdie at fifth par five with a shot dropped on the next, only to pick up shots at ninth and 11th to come within one of the ‘advance.

The Korean saw her ball come to rest along the hole before finally falling for a birdie on the 13th, Chun adding more birdies on the 15th and 17th before producing a brilliant par-save on the last to secure the clubhouse goal .

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Chun’s long birdie attempt pauses next to the hole for seven seconds before finally falling to move it into a tie for the lead at the British Open

Chun’s long birdie attempt pauses next to the hole for seven seconds before finally falling to move it into a tie for the lead at the British Open

Buhai had moved up the standings by following two birdies in the first four holes with an eagle on the par-five fifth, the South African adding further gains on the sixth and ninth to reach the 30-turn.

The 33-year-old made seven under for her round with a birdie on the 11th and retained at least a share of the lead until the final par four, where she rushed to birdie after a poor approach in a fairway bunker.

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Sagstrom birdied three of his last four holes to match Buhai’s 65 and also move to seven under, while Hannah Green birdied three to move within three of the lead and the day’s leader in next day, Hinako Shibuno, took four behind after a brace of 73.

Ireland’s Leona Maguire birdied three of the final five holes to post a two-under 69 and move to two-under alongside Scotland’s Louise Duncan, who posted a second-round 73, with Jessica Korda also in the group on two under after making four consecutive bogeys on his back nine.

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Leona Maguire says her monster putt on 15 made up for some misfires on the front nine at AIG Women’s Open

Leona Maguire says her monster putt on 15 made up for some misfires on the front nine at AIG Women’s Open

England trio Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Charley Hull and Mel Reid are all seven behind and 2018 champion Georgia Hall are still a blow behind, as world No 3 Nelly Korda stuttered into the weekend despite a three out 74.

Ko, the world No. 1, made consecutive bogeys from 15 and canceled a birdie at 17 with a shot dropped to the last to close a level 71 and suffer an early exit, with Lexi Thompson and Carlota Ciganda among the others to miss the cut.

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