IN GEE CHUN LEADS AT MIDWAY MARK OF AIG WOMEN’S OPEN

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Korea’s In Gee Chun produced a spherical of 66 (-5) to climb to the highest of the leaderboard on the midway stage of the AIG Girls’s Open.

The three-time Main champion made the a lot of the afternoon situations making two birdies and one bogey on her entrance 9 earlier than rolling in 4 birdies on her again 9 to succeed in a complete of eight-under-par.

And Chun, who leads by one shot, has a purpose for the 2 rounds over the weekend due to caddie Dean Herden which is to go bogey-free.

“Earlier than I began the match, my caddie Dean and I spoke in regards to the course and after that, we had a bit little bit of a guess,” she mentioned.

“If I make the bogey-free spherical, he mentioned he’s going to purchase dinner and pay me like $100 for every day if I could make it. So, earlier than I begin the spherical, I all the time set one other purpose to make a bogey-free spherical. I believe that mindset helped lots on the course.

“However I hit two bogeys over the past two days. I wish to maintain attempting to make a bogey-free spherical over the following two days.”

And Chun was grateful for the climate situations on the 13th when she rolled a birdie putt to the sting of the outlet and after a number of seconds, it lastly dropped in.

She added: “We now have a giant wind on the market, however I’ve an important motive of why to like the Scottish now as a result of my ball was sitting on the sting of the outlet at this time, and after like three seconds it dropped in. Now I can take pleasure in Scottish greens.”

Sweden’s Madelene Sagström and South Africa’s Ashleigh Buhai sit one shot again in a tie for second place on seven-under-par.

It was a superb day for three-time LET winner Buhai after she made the flip in 30 (-6) with 4 birdies and one eagle on her scorecard.

One other birdie rolled in on the 11th earlier than the South African dropped a shot on her last gap of the day however has nonetheless firmly put herself into rivalry heading into the weekend.

“I’m tremendous satisfied with how I performed at this time. I stayed very affected person,” she mentioned. “I caught with my steps and my processes, which is my purpose this week, simply to do these nicely and hopefully the end result takes care of itself.

“I’ve been doing that fairly nicely the previous few weeks and clearly I’m upset to finish with a bogey. On 18, I hit it within the fairway and the divot was softer than I believed, so a bit unfortunate however I’d have taken at this time’s rating initially of the day for positive.

“I do love taking part in hyperlinks golf. That is my favorite match of the 12 months. I stay up for it, and I really like hyperlinks golf and the creativity that you need to have.”

It’s an historic week with Muirfield internet hosting the AIG Girls’s Open for the primary time, however Buhai’s hero rising up and fellow South African Ernie Els took dwelling The Open Championship title right here in 2002.

She defined: “I do know Ernie [Els] received right here and even we had been taking part in in our practise spherical, and I mentioned to my caddie, let’s see how Ernie hit the shot. I used to be YouTubing it whereas we had been on the market, his well-known bunker shot.

“I haven’t spoken to him about taking part in right here however I’m now dwelling full-time in Florida, and I acquired to play with him, and he was my hero rising up. It’s fairly cool to have the ability to play nicely for the primary two rounds right here and attempt to observe in his footsteps.”

Sagström rolled in eight birdies throughout her spherical of 65 (-6), which was the joint-best of the day together with Buhai, and mentioned placing was the important thing to her spherical.

“Placing,” she mentioned. “Placing, placing, placing. I did miss two fairly quick putts, however I putted actually, very well at this time and that helped my momentum.

“I used to be hitting it adequate to present myself some probabilities and protecting it in play. I didn’t hit within the bunkers at this time which helps in hyperlinks golf however placing was the factor.”

Korea’s Inbee Park sits in fourth place on six-under having shot a spherical of 67 (-4) on day three with Japan’s Miyuu Yamashita and Australia’s Hannah Inexperienced one shot additional again in T5.

France’s Celine Boutier is in a share of seventh place on four-under-par alongside Australian pair Minjee Lee and Steph Kyriacou, in addition to 2019 AIG Girls’s Open champion Hinako Shibuno.

The reduce fell at +3 with 65 gamers making it by means of to the ultimate two rounds at Muirfield.

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