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In Kyung Kim leads Women's British Open by two

Kim during the latter stages of today's round. (Photo: Ladies European Tour )
Korea’s In Kyung Kim takes a two shot lead into the weekend at the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Kingsbarns in Fife in Scotland, the 29 year old chasing her 7th LPGA Tour title and her first major.

Kim, who was one off the pace after day one, began with a bogey today but was mistake free from that point adding three birdies and an eagle for a round of 68 and the lead by two over England’s Georgia Hall and American Lexi Thompson.

This is Kim’s 10th British Open and in her previous attempts she has been three times inside the top ten, 3rd her best in 2010 behind the winner Yani Tseng. She has thirteen major top tens to her name however and has been twice runner-up so this situation is not exactly unfamiliar to her.

Having won two tournaments this season and finished 9th at last week’s Women’s Scottish Open, Kim’s performance was not exactly unexpected but, without a major to her name, this weekend takes on even greater meaning than it might otherwise for the 11 year LPGA Tour veteran.  

"I think after that eagle putt I made (on the 11th) the weather turned around and it was then a case of just getting in kind of safely as it was kind of dangerous I think but I feel very fortunate to be able to manage it today,” said Kim after her round referring to the conditions today.

“They (tournament staff) did a good job managing the tee boxes and even the pin positions. It is really hard to know as the mornings are sunny the afternoons like this,” she added referring to the volatile afternoon conditions."     

When asked as to her the expectations mounting because of the fact she is leading a major she responded; “I have been playing golf for twenty years and it was more the conditions today that made me a little nervous and not the fact that it was a major championship and am feeling excited.”

Thompson continued her stunning run of form of late with a homeward nine of 30 and a round of 68 after appearing to be battling with two early bogeys. Thompson is playing her sixth Women's British Open and is on track to at least improve on her previous best of 8th place last year. 

Interestingly, she has a former Scottish Amateur Champion and a former employee at Kingsbarns, Kevin McAlpine, on her bag and it appears to be assisting her to this better performance in the event.  . 

Since her agonising miss at the ANA Inspiration Thompson won one event and been three times runner-up so it may well be her that Kim and the rest of the field have to watch over the final 36 holes. 

First round leader Michelle Wie was twelve shots worse on day two, her round of 76 seeing her now seven shots from Kim’s lead and in a share of 21st position.

A feature of the opening two rounds has been the noticeable absence of the game’s leading players from the leaderboard only Thompson, Shanshan Feng and Sei Young Kim of the world’s top ten inside the top twenty at present.

World number one, So Yeon Ryu, only just made the cut on the number as did the number five ranked player Lydia Ko and Ariya Jutanugarn’s recent struggles continued when she missed the cut by five shots after a second round of 77.

Katherine Kirk was the best of the Australians when she finished the opening 36 in a share of 48th position and more information on the Australians can be found here

 

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Bruce Young
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