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Leona Maguire finishes strongly but Gee Chun retains control of Open Championship

Maguire birdied three of her last five holes at Muirfield.

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Updated Fri 8:07 PM

LEONA MAGUIRE FINISHED strongly to trail leader Gee Chun by six shots after day two of the AIG Women’s Open at Muirfield. 

 Maguire birdied three of her last five holes as she shot a two-under par round of 69, which also included three bogeys and an eagle on the par-five fifth hole.

“Three-under for the last five, that’s really good momentum heading into the weekend,” Maguire told aigwomensopen.com. 

Following her opening round 71, it leaves Maguire on two-under, trailing leader Gee Chun by six shots, following her outstanding, five-under round of 66. 

Chun, who won the Women’s PGA Championship at Congressional in June despite consecutive weekend rounds of 75, carded six birdies and a solitary bogey in a second round of 66 at Muirfield.

That gave the 27-year-old a halfway total of eight under par and a one-shot lead over South Africa’s Ashleigh Buhai and Sweden’s Madelene Sagstrom, with seven-time major winner Inbee Park a shot further back.

aig-womens-open-2022-day-two-muirfield Gee Chun, on the fifth tee. Source: PA

Sunday’s winner will claim £903,000 from the record prize fund, but Chun revealed she is also motivated by a somewhat smaller sum of money on offer.

“Before the start of the tournament my caddie Dean and I talked about the course and had a little bet,” Chun explained.

“If I have a bogey-free round he’s going to buy me dinner and pay me 100 dollars each day, so before each round it’s like setting another goal.

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“I think that mindset helped a lot on the course; I had two bogeys over the last two days but I want to keep trying for a bogey-free round.”

Stephanie Meadow missed the cut after moving to six-over following a second round 72. 

Meadow hit three birdies and three bogeys to finish one-over for the day.

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