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

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

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.

Tim Hales

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