WOBURN, England — Mirim Lee followed her opening 10-under-par 62 with a 71 on Friday in the Women’s British Open, leaving her a stroke ahead entering the weekend at the tree-lined Woburn Golf Club.
A day after matching the tournament record and falling a stroke short of the lowest score in a major championship, Lee, a 25-year-old South Korean, had three birdies and two bogeys to reach 11-under 133.
“Today, the tee shot was a little bit difficult,” Lee said. “I had issues with my tee shot. I think I putted O.K. I had a couple of three-putts, but I think with some practice, I can overcome my mistakes.”
Lee had two front-nine birdies, bogeyed the par-4 13th, birdied the par-5 15th and bogeyed the par-3 17th on the Marquess Course, a hilly, forest layout that is a big change from the seaside links that dominate the tournament rotation.
Three weeks ago at the United States Women’s Open, Lee opened with a 64, then followed with rounds of 74, 76 and 73 to tie for 11th. A two-time L.P.G.A. Tour winner, Lee missed the cut in the ANA Inspiration to start the major year and tied for fourth in the KPMG Women’s P.G.A. Championship.
“I think it’s just a result of all the hard work I put in and, I think, most importantly, I’m just trying to have fun,” Lee said of her improved play in the majors. “That’s what’s making me feel comfortable.”
Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand and Shanshan Feng of China were tied for second.
“I like this style so much,” Jutanugarn said of the course. “I think it fits my game.”
Ha Na Jang of South Korea (67) and Catriona Matthew (65) of Scotland were nine under.
“I’ve been playing well all year,” said Matthew, who is 46. “Today, I just played really well. Hit 18 greens. Gave myself a lot of chances. The putts actually dropped today.”
Mo Martin (68), who won the 2014 tournament at Royal Birkdale, was eight under, and her fellow American Stacy Lewis (70), the 2013 winner at St. Andrews, followed at seven under.
“It’s definitely a departure from links,” Martin said. “Parts of it remind me of the Pacific Northwest, but there are some linksy styles in there, some of the fescues, some of the bunkering. I just love it in England.”
Charley Hull, a 20-year-old English star who is playing on her home course, had a 70 to move into a tie for 10th at five under. She had five birdies in a six-hole stretch in the middle of the round.
“I kind of holed a few putts that I wasn’t holing and I got up-and-down,” Hull said. “I was pretty happy.”
The top-ranked Lydia Ko rallied to make the cut after opening with a two-over 74. With a 70 Friday, she is tied for 56th at even par.
The second-ranked Brooke Henderson is at one under after a 72.
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