Minjee Lee in search of the Women’s Open and a Scottish family double | Women’s Open

A corner of East Lothian may forever belong to a Western Australian family. If Minjee Lee wins the Women’s Open – and a second-round 70 leaves her in good position to do just that – she will have shown the homegrown specialty already displayed by her brother.

Min Woo Lee’s win at the Scottish Open last July was the biggest of his career. It’s hardly unfair to suggest that the 24-year-old has been firmly overshadowed in the sporting context by his older sister. The oddity here is that Minjee Lee is chasing a third major – and second of 2022 – at Muirfield, literally over the wall at the Renaissance Club where Min Woo Lee came out of a playoff.

Minjee Lee only offered that a double family in the same postcode and over 9,000 miles from home would be “pretty cool” before a ball was hit in the Women’s Open. A four-under-par total at the halfway point only heightened the attention around her, including in her homeland.

Lee won the US Open in June and would almost certainly become Australia’s first female world number 1 with a win at Muirfield. Halfway through, she was four shots behind the leader, the South Korean Chun In-gee, and cleverly shielded herself from the noise.

“I try not to think about these other things too much,” Lee said. “I’m still the same person. I hit a small white golf ball around a field. This has always been my mindset and no matter what, I’m going to embrace it and be the best person I can be. And the best golfer, clearly. Lee’s second round included two birdies and a bogey. She regretted the missed opportunities on the greens. “I played very smart there,” she added. “I couldn’t quite take advantage of my birdie opportunities, so hopefully they all fall tomorrow.

“The course is really laid out fairly evenly and the course design is actually rewarding when you play on the safe side. I really think it’s a very fair, challenging but fun course. Indeed, Muirfield was generally considered a huge success by competitors.

Martin Slumbers, Managing Director of the R&A, emphasized big-time sport requiring big audiences and big venues. It also needs far-reaching leaderboards. Work done on that front: Chun, the winner of the Women’s PGA this year, leads with Inbee Park, a seven-time major winner, two strokes behind. Last year’s runner-up Madelene Sagström and South African Ashleigh Buhai are sandwiched between them tied for seconds.

New Zealand’s Lydia Ko is also in the game at one under par. Ko added a 70 on day one’s 71 despite a messy double bogey on the 18th. Charley Hull, a renowned pessimist when it comes to link golf, tied the Ko aggregate. Ireland’s Leona Maguire, chasing the first of what many believe to be multiple major hits, is down two pennies after a 69 She yearned for an even better Friday after a par-five 5th eagle.

“I got birdies 14 and 15, which are probably two of the tougher holes, so that was a nice boost going into those last few holes,” Maguire said. “I had three pennies for the last five, so it’s really good momentum heading into the weekend.

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“I would have liked to be four or five under, but you have to take your chances where they come. I didn’t take advantage of some holes, then I birdied two of the more difficult holes. is links golf and you really have to be patient I feel like I did that today It would have been easy to get frustrated and end a few I dug for those last ones, which was good. I hit him in a few of those bunkers, which are really penalizing. Louise Duncan, the young Scot who is only making her second professional start, came back to minus two and alongside Maguire after a 73.

Those who missed the cut included Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist, who won this major in dramatic fashion at Carnoustie 12 months ago, Catriona Matthew and Lexi Thompson. World number 1 Ko Jin-young also crashed out at five over par. A disastrous second-round 81 for Laura Davies completely ended her prospects of lasting over 36 holes. Nelly Korda rushed for the weekend to plus two after a disappointing 74.

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