Chun holds a two-shot ad­van­tage

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SOUTH KOREA’S In Gee Chun set her sights on a sec­ond ma­jor ti­tle after post­ing a sec­ond-round 66 to move clear of the field at the half­way stage of the Evian Cham­pi­onship in France.

The 22-year-old fol­lowed a 63 with a 66 and, on 13 un­der par, leads by two shots from com­pa­triot Sung Hyun Park (68) and China’s Olympic bronze medal­list, Shan­shan Feng (67).

Ca­tri­ona Matthew, the only Scot in the field, had three birdies in a tidy 70, but is 14 shots off the pace on one over par. Charley Hull was the top Bri­ton on one un­der with Jodi Ewart Shad­off the third to make the cut on two over.

Chun won the US Women’s Open be­fore she joined the LPGA Tour last year and this sea­son she is al­ready well clear in her quest for Rookie of the Year hon­ours.

She also wants a sec­ond ma­jor. “I’m try­ing not to think about win­ning,” she said. “That puts me un­der too much pres­sure.

“I just want to keep play­ing the same way over the next two rounds.”

Feng, the 2012 LPGA cham­pion, ad­mit­ted that the Olympics in Rio had boosted her con­fi­dence and she is ready to mount a chal­lenge for her sec­ond ma­jor and a 17th pro­fes­sional ti­tle.

“The course played a lit­tle longer to­day and we had some pretty long holes,” said 27-year-old Feng.

“I ac­tu­ally started to feel a lit­tle bit tired on the back nine. I think it was be­cause of the walk, and the ground is soft after the rain.

“I made a cou­ple of bo­geys at the start of the back nine but then I talked to my cad­die. I was like, ‘let’s fin­ish strong’, and then I made two birdies in the last three, so I’m happy about the score.”

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