Chun takes the lead halfway through the Women’s British Open

Thailand's Pajaree Anannarukarn plays her shot from the 13th green bunker during the second round of the Women's British Open golf championship, in Muirfield, Scotland, Friday, Aug. 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

Thailand’s Pajaree Anannarukarn plays her shot from the 13th green bunker during the second round of the Women’s British Open golf championship, in Muirfield, Scotland, Friday, Aug. 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

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In Gee Chun is having another strong run at a major tournament.

The South Korean golfer took the lead halfway through the Women’s British Open after a 5-under 66 in the second round on Friday, putting her in position to challenge for a second major title of the year, and fourth at total.

Chun had a total of 134 points under 8, putting her ahead of South African Ashleigh Buhai and Sweden’s Madelene Sagstrom, who both shot 65 points.

Seven-time overall winner Inbee Park, also South Korean, was a shot further after a 67.

Chun, who won the PGA Women’s Championship in Congress in June despite back-to-back rounds of 75 over the weekend, had six birdies and a solitary bogey in her round at Muirfield.

Sunday’s winner will win over $1 million, but Chun said she was also motivated by a slightly lower cash prize.

“Before the tournament started, my caddie Dean and I talked about the course and after that we bet a bit,” Chun said. “If I go on a lap without a bogey, he said he’s going to buy me dinner and pay me $100 a day. So before every lap, it’s like setting another goal. That mindset helped a lot on the course I had two bogeys in the last two days but I want to keep trying to get a bogey free lap.

Of Chun’s four LPGA Tour wins, three have come at major tournaments, including the 2016 Evian Championship and the 2015 US Women’s Open.

On Friday, she even got help from one of the gusts of wind that make Scottish golf so tricky.

“I have a great reason to love the Scottish wind now,” Chun said. “My ball was on the edge of the hole today, and after about three seconds it fell. So now I can enjoy the Scottish wind more.”

Buhai looked on track to take the lead midway through when she landed an eagle and four birdies to rush into the 30 turn, but after landing another shot on the 11 she couldn’t make a move. other wins and dropped his only shot of the day on the last.

Overnight leader Hinako Shibuno followed her opening 65 with a 73 to fall four strokes off the pace.

Jessica Korda, who was second after the first round, settled for a 74 and tied for 17th.

Four-time grand winner Laura Davies, making her 42nd appearance at the event aged 58, missed the cut after an 81 which included a 10 on the 18.

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Naomi C. Amerson