Wie struggling just to make the cut at Open
SOUTHPORT, England—Beatriz Recari finished with three-straight birdies for a five-under 67, matching the best score at Royal Birkdale to share the lead with So Yeon Ryu during another tough day of scoring at the Ricoh Women’s British Open.
Ryu is the only player to break par in both rounds at Royal Birkdale—a tough links course even without thick grass and increasing wind.
She finished with a 70.
Both were were at three-under 141 with about half the field still on the course.
“Links golf is always hard to predict,” Ryu said. “Even when I hit the great shots, still can finish at the worst place.
“And when I hit the bad shots, still can finish close to the pin.
“So it’s really important, whatever the result, we need to accept it and just keep working,” she stressed.
Ahn Sun-Ju also had six birdies in a round of 67 today that left her one shot behind at two-under 142.
Michelle Wie, meanwhile, was battling just to make the cut.
Coming off her first major in the U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst No. 2, Wie closed the front nine with three-straight bogeys and was over the projected cut line.
The other major champion this year on the LPGA Tour, Lexi Thompson, was on her way to a remarkable recovery.
Thompson hit two drives out of bounds on the tough opening hole and wound up with a 10.
She then made bogey on the next hole. But Thompson steadied herself and was around the cut line playing the back nine.
Jessica Korda had another up-and-down day—opening with a double bogey-bogey before making three birdies on her next five holes to erase the bad start.
Korda then made 11-straight pars the rest of the way for another 72 and was at 144, along with Inbee Park.
Lydia Ko was going along well until a shot out of the bunker caromed off the shaft of her club, leading to a triple-bogey on No. 8. She later had a double-bogey on the 16th and wound up with a 76, leaving her seven shots behind.