Jiyai Shin leads Women's British Open by five

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Jiyai Shin started her round with an eagle and three birdies en route to 64 in the second round. The Korean is coming off a victory Monday at Kingsmill in Virginia.  JON BUCKLE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Jiyai Shin started her round with an eagle and three birdies en route to 64 in the second round. The Korean is coming off a victory Monday at Kingsmill in Virginia.

HOYLAKE, England — Jiyai Shin showed she’s also capable of a fast start after last weekend’s marathon finish.

Shin picked up five shots in her first four holes Saturday en route to 8-under-par 64 to take a commanding five-shot lead after the second round of the weather-interrupted Women’s British Open.

Starting her round on the 10th hole, Shin chipped in for eagle on the par-5, then birdied Nos. 11, 12 and 13.

She added another birdie on No. 16 to shot 5-under 31 on the side.

“I was bogey-free today and bunker-free, so that was probably the best round I have ever played in a major,” she said.

After winning the Kingsmill Championship on the ninth playoff hole against Paula Creamer on Monday, the South Korean golfer is doing her best to quickly wrap things up.

Inbee Park, who had 68, is five shots behind Shin.

Karrie Webb and Mika Miyazato both shot 70, finishing another stroke back.

Katie Futcher is in fifth after a second consecutive 71, while Vicky Hurst (72) is among five players another stroke behind.

Teenage amateur Lydia Ko, who won earlier this year at age 15 to be the youngest LPGA winner, trails by eight shots, despite dropping strokes on her first two holes before rallying for 71.

“It would be nice to finish leading amateur, so tomorrow I’ll try and play my best and take it one shot at a time,” Ko said.

Stacy Lewis (70) and Angela Stanford (72) are nine shots back of the leader.

Defending champion Yani Tseng shot a second 72 in a row to also trail by nine, adding a birdie on the 18th after dropping two strokes on the 17th.

The final two rounds of the tournament will be played today after Friday’s play was abandoned because of the strong wind sweeping over the Hoylake links.

The few players who teed off Friday had their scores nullified.

Webb, a three-time British Open champion, had an eagle at the 16th to go with two pars and two bogeys on the front nine.

“I’m surprised to be six shots behind at 3- under,” Webb said. “But I’m happy with the way I played and handled the golf course. I’ll just try to narrow the gap and see how it goes.”

The two overnight leaders had a rough day. Haeji Kang missed the cut after racking up 8 and 7 in 79, while So Yeon Ryu had 74.

Other notable players to miss the cut included past British Open champions Catriona Matthew and Karen Stupples.

Former winner Laura Davies was 10-over when she pulled out with an injured ankle after 10 holes.


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