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Golf: Choi claims halfway lead at Ricoh Women’s British Open

Korean star Choi Na-yeon shot a second 67 at St Andrews to move to 10-under. Photo: Ladies European Tour.

Korean star Choi Na-yeon shot a second 67 at St Andrews to move to 10-under. Photo: Ladies European Tour.

August 2, 2013: World No. 4 Choi Na-yeon of Korea shot a second successive five-under-par 67 on Friday for a one-stroke lead at the halfway stage of the Ricoh Women’s British Open, the fourth major of the year.

 

Miki Saiki of Japan was one shot back at nine-under after a 66 that included two eagle twos after she twice holed out with iron shots from over 100 yards on The Old Course at St Andrews.

 

American Morgan Pressel continued her solid play from Thursday to end in third on eight-under, with American Nicole Castrale, Norway’s Suzann Pettersen and Korean Lee Jee-young on seven-under in joint fourth.

 

World No. 1 Park In-bee’s bid to win a fourth straight major faded with a 73 that left the Korean at two-under.

 

The key to Choi’s round was her masterful performance on the difficult, breezy back nine, which played with a cross-wind that made putting especially difficult.

 

With birdies on 12 and 15, combined with seven steady pars, the willowy 25-year-old from Seoul came home in 34 and was one of only a handful of players to play the back nine under par.

 

“I’m very satisfied the last two rounds. You know, especially today, the weather wasn’t good. It was very hard. But my focus was very good and my caddie helped me a lot,” said Choi, last year’s US Open champion.

 

“I have a goal every day so I just tried to stick with the goal. I just try to play one shot at a time and I think that’s why I had great results.”

 

Choi’s caddie, David Jones, a professional golfer at Bushfoot golf course in Portballintae, Ireland, credited Choi’s pure ball striking.

 

“She’s an excellent ball striker and can control the numbers like nobody I’ve ever seen,” he said.

 

Asian players have won 16 of the last 23 majors played since the championship was first played at St Andrews in 2007, including the last 10.

 

The cut fell at one over par 145 and among those who missed out were 2010 and 2011 champion Yani Tseng of Chinese Taipei, 1986 champion Laura Davies, Japan’s Ai Miyazato, and three-time champion Karrie Webb.

- With thanks to Ladies European Tour

 

Ricoh Women’s British Open, St. Andrews, Scotland

Round 2 Scores:

134 – Na Yeon Choi (KOR)  67 67

135 – Miki Saiki (JPN)  69 66

136 – Morgan Pressel (USA)  66 70

137 – Jee Young Lee (KOR)  70 67, Nicole Castrale (USA)  67 70, Suzann Pettersen (NOR)  70 67

138 – Mikaela Parmlid (SWE)  69 69

139 – Mamiko Higa (JPN)  70 69, Hee Young Park (KOR)  70 69, Stacy Lewis (USA)  67 72, So Yeon Ryu (KOR)  69 70, Angela Stanford (USA)  69 70

140 – Jenny Shin (KOR)  69 71, Lizette Salas (USA)  68 72, Meena Lee (KOR)  71 69, Ryann O Toole (USA)  67 73, Paula Creamer (USA)  68 72, Xi Yu Lin (CHN)  72 68, Dori Carter (USA)  68 72

141 – Lee-Anne Pace (RSA)  70 71, Pernilla Lindberg (SWE)  68 73

142 – Mariajo Uribe (COL)  69 73, Sydnee Michaels (USA)  67 75, Catriona Matthew (SCO)  68 74, Sun Young Yoo (KOR)  71 71, Katherine Hull-kirk (AUS)  69 73, Candie Kung (TPE)  72 70, Inbee Park (KOR)  69 73, Eun Hee Ji (KOR)  67 75

143 – Holly Clyburn (ENG)  70 73, Sandra Gal (GER)  69 74, Linda Wessberg (SWE)  70 73, Natalie Gulbis (USA)  71 72, I.K. Kim (KOR)  70 73, Gerina Piller (USA)  74 69, Malene Jorgensen (DEN)  69 74, Ayako Uehara (JPN)  69 74, Danielle Kang (USA)  68 75, Ashleigh Simon (RSA)  71 72, Florentyna Parker (ENG)  69 74, Jessica Korda (USA)  72 71, Liz Young (ENG)  68 75, Brittany Lincicome (USA)  70 73, Marianne Skarpnord (NOR)  69 74, Georgia Hall (ENG)  68 75, Christel Boeljon (NED)  72 71, Jiyai Shin (KOR)  71 72, Line Vedel (DEN)  72 71

144 – Karine Icher (FRA)  70 74, Celine Boutier (FRA)  72 72, Michelle Wie (USA)  74 70, Sarah Kemp (AUS)  73 71, Emily Taylor (ENG)  70 74, Lindsey Wright (AUS)  70 74, Se Ri Pak (KOR)  71 73, Dewi Claire Schreefel (NED)  73 71, Mi Jung Hur (KOR)  72 72, Anna Nordqvist (SWE)  70 74

145 – Minea Blomqvist (FIN)  71 74, Cristie Kerr (USA)  71 74, Mika Miyazato (JPN)  74 71, Moriya Jutanugarn (THA)  72 73, Thidapa Suwannapura (THA)  71 74, Moira Dunn (USA)  71 74, Shanshan Feng (CHN)  69 76, Rikako Morita (JPN)  70 75, Gwladys Nocera (FRA)  74 71, Lydia Ko (NZL)  69 76, Hee-Kyung Seo (KOR)  69 76

 

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