Georgia Hall maintains momentum at Women’s Open

England’s Georgia Hall boosted her chances of a second AIG Women’s Open title with a second round of 69 at Carnoustie.

Hall threatened to establish an imposing halfway target when she recorded her sixth birdie of the day on the 14th to reach nine under par, only to double bogey the 15th.

The 2018 champion quickly regained her composure to par the difficult last three holes and finish seven under par, joining American Mina Harigae at the top of the leaderboard.

Georgia Hall
England’s Georgia Hall hits from the 17th fairway during day two of the AIG Women’s Open at Carnoustie (Ian Rutherford/PA)

“I think I would have took that at the start of the day,” Hall told Sky Sports. “Conditions were still pretty still and not much wind, no rain.

“I must say the pins were a little bit harder today, they were tucked more behind some bunkers which was a little bit tricky but I managed to make the most of it and I was very happy with my last three holes, especially after the double.

“Coming off a double with three of hardest holes on the course to play I had to forget about it. I felt I didn’t even play too bad on that hole, but it’s so easy to make a double on this course. I was just focusing on hitting a good tee shot on 16 and then going from there.

“I do feel very calm when I’m playing in the British Open and it’s just so nice to play in front of the crowds because we missed that last year. Hearing them all cheering my name is great. I’m having a lot of fun.”

South Korea’s Sei Young Kim and American Lizette Salas were a shot off the lead on six under, with Ireland’s Leona Maguire another stroke back following a superb, bogey-free 67.

Playing alongside Hall, Scottish amateur Louise Duncan added a 73 to her opening 68 to lie three under, while American Megan Khang’s 66 was the best round of the week so far and an 11-shot improvement on her opening 77.