Thursday 23 January 2020

Tseng revels in links task with four-shot lead in bag

A second-straight round of 68 saw Yani Tseng open up a four-shot lead at the halfway stage of the Ricoh Women's British Open at Royal Birkdale yesterday.

Tseng (21) had produced a birdie-eagle finish on Thursday to earn a share of the lead with Katherine Hull and she was again in fine form at the Southport course as she moved to an eight-under-par total.

The Taiwanese player finished with five birdies and one bogey to go four clear of Amy Yang, Cristie Kerr and Brittany Lincicome.

Yang produced a steady first nine with just the one birdie to turn with a 34 and then made a birdie on the last for a 37 to complete her second round with a one-under-par 71 to go to four under overall.

Kerr impressed with six birdies accompanied by a bogey for a five-under-par 67, the best round of the day, while Lincicome recorded two birdies and an eagle in the last four holes for a one-under-par 71.

Norway's Suzann Pettersen and America's Christina Kim were the day's biggest movers as rounds of 68 saw them move to three under and two under respectively.

Irish amateur Danielle McVeigh outshone her professional compatriots Rebecca Coakley and Martina Gillen. The Royal Co Down girl finished on 153 to miss the cut by four shots. Coakley finished on 156 and Gillen on 158 as all three shot 79 in yesterday's round.

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