MUIRFIELD, Scotland — Ji Chun is getting yet another powerful run at the majors.
The South Korean golfer shot a 5-less than 66 in the next spherical on Friday to consider the halfway lead to declare her second major of the 12 months and fourth general.
Chun shot an 8-underneath 134, 1 stroke ahead of South Africa’s Ashleigh Bouhai and Sweden’s Madeleine Sagstrom Both of those shot 65.
7-time big winner Inbi Park of South Korea shot again a 67.
Irrespective of 75 rounds in consecutive weekends, Chun, who received the Women’s PGA Championship in June, experienced 6 birdies and just a person bogey in her round at Muirfield.
Sunday’s winner will make far more than $1 million, but Chun reported she was motivated by the comparatively smaller prize money.
“Just before the match, my caddy, Dean, and I talked about the study course, and then we experienced a tiny bet,” Chun reported. “He explained if I experienced a bogey-absolutely free spherical he would get me meal and pay back me $100 each and every day. So it is like I set an additional aim right before each and every round. That mentality has assisted me a good deal on the study course. I’ve experienced two bogeys the very last two times, but I want to continue to keep trying to go bogey-no cost.”
3 of Chun’s four LPGA Tour wins have occur in majors, like the 2016 Evian Championship and the 2015 US Women’s Open up.
On Friday, the Scottish inbound links was aided by one particular of the most treacherous winds in golfing.
“Now I have a significant reason to like the Scottish wind,” Chun claimed. “My ball was about the edge of the hole now, and it dropped 3 seconds later. So now I can love the Scottish wind a lot more.”
Buhai manufactured an eagle and 4 birdies in the 30th round as she tried using to consider the guide at the midway level, but she was not able to make any additional gains just after choosing up another shot at the 11th and dropping her only shot of the working day. At the conclusion.
Right away chief Hinako Shibuno adopted her opening 65 with a 73 to slide 4 photographs small of a walk.
Jessica Korda, who was second just after the initially spherical, shot a 74 to tie for 17th.
Four-time significant winner Laura Davis skipped the slice following an 81 that provided a 10 on the 18th in her 42nd look at the event at 58.