Yani Tseng shoots her second consecutive 4-under to take a 4-stroke lead in the Women’s British Open
Lincicome, Kerr, Young are still in contention after first two rounds
SOUTHPORT, England — Yani Tseng of Taiwan shot her second consecutive 4-under-par 68 on Friday, taking a four-shot lead after the second round of the Women’s British Open.
The American duo of Brittany Lincicome and Christie Kerr joined Amy Young of South Korea in the chase entering the weekend.
“There was no wind this morning and it was very calm, so it was nice out there,” said Tseng, who is trying to win her third major championship. “The course played totally different than what we played the last three days, so it was really nice.”
Rain washed over Royal Birkdale in the afternoon, making things difficult for the late starters — including defending champion Catriona Matthew of Scotland, who missed the cut by seven strokes after making a 10 at the par-four 13th hole.
Her tee shot landed in a bush, and she eventually found the deep rough near the green. After three tries to hack her way out of it, Matthew ended up taking a penalty drop, chipping onto the green and twoputting for her 10 — only to birdie the par-3 next hole.
Kerr posted the low round for the tournament with a 67. She joined Lincicome and Young at 4 under.
Veteran Julie Inkster shot herself into contention with a 2-under 70 that left her five shots off the lead, doing so in the worst of the weather. Suzann Pettersen of Norway shot a 68 and Sun Young Yoo of South Korea had an evenpar 72 to join Inkster in a tie for fifth.
through two rounds.