Nelly Korda may barely elevate a smile after tapping in for the primary birdie of her second spherical on the Girls’s British Open.
On a day her putter turned chilly, it had taken 14 holes for the world’s top-ranked participant to choose up a shot at Carnoustie.
A few of her huge rivals had no such issues Friday.
Georgia Corridor, the 2018 champion, overcame a double-bogey on the fifteenth gap — the beginning of a brutal end on the storied Scottish hyperlinks course — to shoot 3-under 69 and take a share of the 36-hole lead with Mina Harigae of the US (67) on 7 underneath total.
One stroke again was No. 4 Sei Younger Kim (71), a serious champion from final yr, and Lizette Salas (69), who completed second to Korda on the PGA Championship in June.
Lexi Thompson, trying so as to add to her sole main win in 2014, shot 70 and was a part of an enormous group on 5 underneath.
Then got here Korda in one other giant group on 4 underneath. The brand new famous person of ladies’s golf and the not too long ago topped Olympic champion shot 1-over 73 and was one among solely two gamers within the present high 16 on the leaderboard to shoot over par on one other benign day when the wind held off and it felt virtually balmy at occasions close to the east coast of Scotland.
Corridor hoped that wouldn’t final.
“I believe it’s about time it acquired windy,” Corridor stated, looking forward to situations on the weekend that are forecast to show rather more difficult. “It’s correct hyperlinks golf and that’s what individuals need to see and I believe it makes golf rather more attention-grabbing when there’s loads of wind. So I’m fairly excited to play in it.”
Corridor, who gained her favourite occasion three years in the past at Royal Lytham, rolled in six birdies in her first 14 holes to maneuver right into a one-stroke lead on 9 underneath.
The double-bogey 6 at No. 15 dropped her into what would shortly be a four-way tie for the lead and she or he parred her manner residence to hitch Harigae, who rolled in a protracted, winding birdie putt on the final to finish a spherical of 67 that contained seven birdies in all.
Within the final 5 years on the Girls’s Open, no participant has extra rounds within the 60s than Corridor’s 9 and that’s filling the 25-year-old English golfer with confidence heading into the weekend.
“I do really feel very calm when I’m taking part in the British Open,” Corridor stated.
“It’s simply so good to play in entrance of the crowds. We missed that final yr and to listen to them cheering my identify is nice. I’m having loads of enjoyable.”
That’s one thing Korda didn’t appear to have.
Even making an enormous right-to-left putt for birdie at 17 did not cheer up the world’s greatest participant, who parred her first eight holes that had been characterised by a sequence of missed putts from mid-range, even when her tee-to-green play was sometimes sturdy.
“I don’t assume I hit it that dangerous,” Korda stated. “The one factor I struggled on was making these putts and getting it shut.”
Frustration acquired the higher of Korda as she bogeyed No. 9, lacking a putt from 8 toes, and No. 11 and additional missed possibilities at Nos. 12 and 13 didn’t enhance her temper.
The primary of her two birdies got here on the par-5 14th after she reached the inexperienced in two.
“Everybody retains speaking about how I’m taking part in so properly, however I’m going to shoot dangerous scores,” Korda stated. “I’m human.”
And at the least she made it to the weekend.
Sophia Popov, final yr’s unlikely champion at Royal Troon when ranked No. 304, double-bogeyed the final gap after three-putting to shoot 75 for a 3-over complete.
Additionally lacking the reduce had been No. 5-ranked Danielle Kang, who shot 76-75 and two British favorites in Charley Hull — regardless of a second-round 71 — and European Ryder Cup captain Catriona Matthew (75), the 2009 champion.
Laura Davies, who has performed each Girls’s Open since 1980, is sticking round, although. The enduring Englishwoman, 57, shot 70 and was even par for the match.