Golf: Shibuno backs down, Yamashita climbs at British Women’s Open

Leader of the day, Japan’s Hinako Shibuno, finished the second round of the Women’s British Open four shots off the lead after scoring 73, while compatriot Miyuu Yamashita played 68 to come back three shots off Muirfield .

South Korea’s Chun In Gee took the lead at 8 shots after a round of 66, while Sweden’s Magdalene Sagstrom and South Africa’s Ashleigh Buhai tied for second.

Japan’s Hinako Shibuno hits the first tee during the second round of the Women’s British Open golf championship at Muirfield, Gullane, Scotland on August 5, 2022. (Essonne Info) ==Essonne Info

South Korea’s Park In Bee is fourth at 6-under, one stroke ahead of Yamashita and Australia’s Hannah Green, with Shibuno and three others another stroke behind tied for seventh.

Shibuno is aiming to win the major for a second time, following his stunning victory as a rookie at England’s Woburn Golf Club in 2019.

The 23-year-old remained positive despite offsetting a solitary birdie with three bogeys in windy conditions, a day after setting the pace with her outstanding opening lap.

“I had fun until the end, while thinking about how golf can change from day to day,” said Shibuno, who was happy to make the cut after missing the recent Scottish Open. .

“With this wind, there is a chance that I could have shot 80 and been eliminated. For now, I’m just very happy to be able to play for these four days. »

Yamashita, who started the day tied for 10th, moved up five places after hitting a par-5 eagle on the fifth hole, three birdies and two bogeys.

“I never thought I would be so high in the rankings,” said Yamashita, who is playing in her first major tournament.

The 21-year-old was still in high school when Shibuno won the 2019 tournament and said the win inspired her.

“I was watching and thinking, this is amazing,” Yamashita said. “It made me want to play in a major tournament.”

Among other Japanese players, Nasa Hataoka and Kotone Hori were tied for 17th at 2 minus after playing 69 and 68, respectively.

Scottish Open champion Ayaka Furue failed to cross the finish line, finishing higher than 4 after playing 75 and 71.

“I was happy with my game on day two,” said Furue, who won her first LPGA title at Dundonald Links after a record-breaking final lap last Sunday.

“I want to bounce back and do my best to fight for the top spot again.”

Miyuu Yamashita of Japan plays during the second round of the Women’s British Open golf championship at Muirfield in Gullane, Scotland on August 5, 2022. (Essonne Info)

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