Lydia Ko cards improved round but costly double bogey on 18th hurts title hopes at British Open

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Lydia Ko was tied for 26th aft  the 2nd  circular  of the Women’s British Open.

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Lydia Ko was tied for 26th aft the 2nd circular of the Women’s British Open.

Lydia Ko appears to beryllium retired contention for her 3rd large rubric aft a likewise fluctuating circular connected time 2 of the Women’s British Open astatine Muirfield successful Scotland.

The 25-year-old Kiwi golfer carded an improved 2nd circular of one-under 70 aft 4 birdies and 1 bogey, but a costly treble bogey connected the 18th knocked her backmost from tied 11th to a stock of 26th connected Friday (Saturday NZ time).

She shared the aforesaid presumption aft an even-par 71 successful the archetypal round, which included 3 birdies and 3 bogeys, but South Korea’s In Gee Chun has extended the pb to 7 shots aft her five-under 66 lifted her to the apical of the leaderboard connected eight-under.

With 3 birdies from the 2nd to 4th holes, Ko seemed primed for a ascent up the standings aft a affirmative start.

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She offset a bogey connected the 14th with a birdie connected the 17th earlier carding six connected the par-four 18th that she bogeyed successful her opening round.

Chun acceptable the gait with her 2nd circular and stormed past time one’s leader, Hinaki Shibuno of Japan, maintaining her signifier which led her to a large triumph astatine the Women’s PGA Championship successful June.

Tied for 2nd conscionable a changeable backmost connected seven-under were Sweden’s Madelene Sagstorm and South Africa’s Ashleigh Buhai, with South Korea’s Inbee Park 4th connected six-under, and Shibuno dropped to a stock of seventh aft carding a two-over par 73.

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