Minjee Lee in contention at the British Open

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Teen Kyriacou carded a flawless 68 to be a shot additional again, alongside world No.2 Lee (70) in a tie for seventh, whereas countrywoman Whitney Hillier is tied twenty sixth.

South Korea’s Chun has a fourth main title – and second of the season – in her sights after claiming the lead.

Chun, who gained the Ladies’s PGA Championship at Congressional in June regardless of consecutive weekend rounds of 75, carded six birdies and a solitary bogey in a second spherical of 66 at Muirfield to achieve eight underneath.

Australia’s Minjee Lee.

Australia’s Minjee Lee.Credit score:AP

The 27-year-old had a one-shot lead over South Africa’s Ashleigh Buhai and Sweden’s Madelene Sagstrom, with seven-time main winner Inbee Park a shot additional again.

After profitable the US Ladies’s Open in June, then ending runner-up on the PGA Championship to be main the Anna Main Award standings for season’s most excellent main championship performer, West Australian Lee has given herself an amazing shot at a very superb weekend.

Grouped with world No.1 Jin Younger Ko, who missed the lower, and world No.3 Nelly Korda for the primary two rounds, Lee is positioned to not solely battle for Open glory but additionally take the highest spot on the planet rankings.

Hitting inexperienced after inexperienced with one other majestic show of ball placing, she couldn’t purchase a putt and he or she appears to be like set to problem if her quite a few near-miss putts begin to drop.

“I gave myself fairly a number of birdie alternatives after I hit some good pictures in, after which had loads of putts, like 25 toes for birdie as properly.” Lee mentioned.

“I performed actually good on the market. I couldn’t fairly capitalise on my birdie alternatives, so hopefully they may all drop tomorrow.”

Lee was doing her finest to disregard the surface noise as she moved ever nearer to changing into Australia’s first-ever feminine world No.1 golfer on Sunday.

“I undoubtedly know the place I’m on the leaderboard taking part in,” the 26-year-old mentioned.

“I strive to not assume an excessive amount of concerning the different stuff. I’m nonetheless the identical individual. I’m nonetheless going to, I hit a bit of white golf ball round a subject.

“That’s at all times been my mindset and, no matter comes with it, I’m going to embrace it and be the very best person who I could be, so, yeah …”

Sunday’s winner will declare $A1.57 million from the report prize fund, however Chun revealed she can also be motivated by a considerably smaller sum of cash on supply.

“Earlier than the beginning of the event my caddie Dean and I talked concerning the course and had a bit of wager,” Chun defined.

“If I’ve a bogey-free spherical he’s going to purchase me dinner and pay me 100 {dollars} every day, so earlier than every spherical it’s like setting one other aim.

“That mindset helped quite a bit on the course; I had two bogeys during the last two days however I need to hold attempting for a bogey-free spherical.”

World No.1 Ko (71) missed the lower after limping to 5-over 147 for the event. The 2021 LPGA Participant of the 12 months turned the primary ladies’s reigning No.1 to overlook the lower in a significant since Sung Hyun Park on the 2018 Evian Championship.

Ko’s missed lower means Lee is assured the highest rating if she win’s the Open, or is runner-up and Korda doesn’t end increased than third.
– Darren Walton (AAP)

First spherical: Minjee Lee rallies after sluggish begin to chase chief

Minjee Lee is feeling optimistic after sinking three priceless birdies within the final seven holes to complete the primary spherical of the Ladies’s British Open three pictures off the lead.

Chasing her second main of the 12 months and ladies’s golf’s prime rating, Lee had initially struggled on Thursday, being one over par after six holes.

Minjee Lee tees off at the third hole in the first round of the Women’s British Open.

Minjee Lee tees off on the third gap within the first spherical of the Ladies’s British Open.Credit score:Getty Pictures

However a birdie on the seventh at Muirfield took her to the flip stage with the cardboard and, as she got here again in, Australia’s world No.2 climbed the leaderboard.

Lee, who has an early second-round tee off (4.48pm Friday AEST), ended the day in a bunch of 5 gamers tied for fifth. They included final week’s Scottish Open runner-up Celine Boutier.

Former champion Hinako Shibuno led the sector after carding a six-under-par 65 within the £6 million ($10 million) occasion.

However Lee was left feeling “fairly good” to be lurking simply three pictures off the tempo even after her sluggish begin.

Open leader Hinako Shibuno on the 15th at Muirfield.

Open chief Hinako Shibuno on the fifteenth at Muirfield.Credit score:Getty Pictures

“I made actually fairly a number of good up-and-downs on the again 9,” she mentioned.

“And to be three underneath the again 9, I feel is sort of good contemplating how 14 and 15 play actually robust.

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“The wind received up – it was fairly just like yesterday after I performed within the pro-am – so I feel I received a bit of used to the circumstances whereas I used to be on the market yesterday.”

Shibuno, who gained her maiden main title at Woburn in 2019, made a flying begin with birdies on the primary three holes and completed with eight for her spherical.

The Japanese star has a one-stroke lead over American Jessica Korda with Scottish prodigy Louise Duncan two pictures again alongside Mexico’s Gabby Lopez.

“It has been a very long time since I’ve performed this properly, particularly placing. Actually, it was a bit of scary,” Shibuno mentioned.

Korda recovered from an early bogey to report 4 birdies and an eagle on the seventeenth, regardless of having to play in borrowed garments as her baggage didn’t arrive.

“If anybody is aware of anybody on the Zurich airport that wish to put my suitcase on the one flight a day that they’ve coming into Edinburgh, I’d deeply admire it,” the world No.14 mentioned.

“I do know the place it’s, I’ve an air tag on it. I can’t get anybody to truly go get it.

“Monday I wore Megan Khang’s pants. Tuesday, I wore my sister’s pants and Wednesday I wore Alison Lee’s pants. Right now I’m carrying FootJoy pants.”

Taking part in within the first group at 6.30am, Duncan recorded an eagle, 4 birdies and two bogeys to match her rating from the opening spherical at Carnoustie 12 months in the past, when she completed tenth whereas nonetheless an beginner.

“It was well worth the 4.30 alarm,” mentioned the 22-year-old, who turned skilled in July and missed the lower in her first occasion within the paid ranks final week. “I wouldn’t be pleased if it wasn’t value it.

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“I feel the bottom line is I didn’t take it too critically … I haven’t had a pay cheque and nonetheless really feel like I’m an beginner. Yeah, I’m rolling with the punches, and we’ll see the place it takes me.”

Steph Kyriacou is the very best of the opposite Australians within the subject with a one-under 70 putting her equal thirteenth.

Hannah Inexperienced posted an even-par 71 and Whitney Hillier a one-over 72, however Su-Hyun Oh by no means recovered from dropping three pictures on the opening two holes, ending with a 77.
– Glenn Moore and Darren Walton (AAP)

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