Two-time major champion Ariya Jutanugarn opened up a three-shot lead at the Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open, as Charley Hull moved into contention.
Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open
Jutanugarn carded a six-under 66 at Dumbarnie Links, the lowest round of the day, to jump to nine under for the tournament and pull clear of a three-way tie for second.
Hull is part of the chasing pack after a second-round 69, a score matched by Denmark’s Emily Kristine Pedersen, with Thailand’s Atthaya Thitikul completing the trio heading into the weekend on six under.
“I think I just have to go day-by-day,” Jutanugarn said. “I still have so many things to work on, and to me, I just want to be chilling on the course because I know when I’m chilling on the course, everything is going to take care of itself.”
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Jutanugarn posted birdies at the second and seventh before cancelling out a bogey at the par-four 10th by making five gains in a six-hole stretch from the 12th – including a 50-footer at the 16th – to move top of the leaderboard.
Hull carded a second successive 69 to stay within three of the lead alongside Thitikul – who recorded four consecutive birdies on her back nine – and Pedersen, who was closer to the lead until two bogeys over her final three holes.
“It was really good,” Hull said. “I could have been a lot lower. Left a few shots out there on the back nine.”
Scotland’s Kelsey MacDonald and Wales’ Lydia Hall are both in the group of six players tied-fifth on five under, while overnight-leader Michelle Thomson slumped into a share of 45th after struggling to a second-round 80.
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