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Maguire in good shape at Kingsbarn but NI's Mehaffey misses cut

By Robert Jones

Cavan woman Leona Maguire is seven shots off the lead following the second round of the Women's British Open at Kingsbarns.

The World No.1 amateur signed for a one-under-par 71 yesterday, which included three birdies and two bogeys.

It came after her 69 in the opening round, meaning she sits on four under ahead of today's third round.

Tandragee amateur Olivia Mehaffey shot a 75 to end the second day on three over, not enough to make the cut.

South Korean In-Kyung Kim leads the field on 11 under, followed by Georgia Hall and Lexi Thompson on nine under.

Maguire and Sophie Lamb of England are the best amateurs at the halfway stage, with both four under on the Fife links.

Hall will put thoughts of a Solheim Cup debut to one side as she focuses on becoming the first English winner of the Women's British Open since 2004.

Hall carded a second round of 67 to share second place, with first-round leader Michelle Wie falling seven shots off the pace after a disappointing 76, 12 shots worse than her course record on Thursday.

Hall's place on the European Solheim Cup team will be confirmed when the team is finalised tomorrow, but the 21-year-old from Bournemouth is trying to avoid thinking about the contest with the United States later this month.

"It's been a massive thing for me growing up and it's not far away now, so I'm going to think about that next week and just focus on the next two rounds," Hall said after a round containing seven birdies, including four in a row from the second.

"I don't think I've had four birdies in a row before, so I was very happy to be four under after five. I holed a good putt on the second and had a tap-in on three, a 20-footer for birdie on four and made an eight-footer on the fifth. I hit it quite close, which made it a bit easier. I'm playing and putting really well, so that's helping."

Thompson made headlines in the first Major of the year when she was leading by three shots during the final round of the ANA Inspiration, only to be informed by tournament officials she would be penalised for an incident which took place the previous day.

The 22-year-old was penalised two strokes for incorrectly replacing a marked ball on the 17th green and another two for signing an incorrect scorecard after a television viewer had alerted LPGA officials to the incident via email.

Thompson, who went on to lose in a play-off to Korea's So Yeon Ryu, was two over par after four holes of her second round at Kingsbarns, but stormed home in 30 with the aid of five birdies in a row from the 10th.

"It was definitely a slow start but I hit it great in the beginning, just had two three-putts," Thompson said.

"But I'm very happy with the back nine obviously."

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