Ashleigh Buhai stretched her LPGA British Open advantage on Friday, moving three clear heading into the weekend as she chases a first victory on the Tour.

A superb seven-under 65 saw Buhai lead through 18 holes on Thursday and, despite failing to quite reach the same standards on Friday, a round of 67 saw her advantage extended on the second day.

Buhai had four birdies on the back nine at Woburn and said: "I'm feeling good. I'm trying not to keep thinking, 'It's a major', it's just another tournament.

"I'm really enjoying the way the golf course is playing. It helps that the conditions have been so good and we haven't had to deal with too many elements. I'm feeling very comfortable out there at the moment."

Hinako Shibuno remains second having shot 69, but Danielle Kang, who had matched the 20-year-old Japanese in the opening round, could only shoot level par.

Defending champion Georgia Hall and world number one Ko Jin-young were tied with Kang in ninth.

One former major champion who will not trouble Buhai is Laura Davies, who followed up a 10-over 82 by going three over to miss the cut and finish alone at the bottom of the leaderboard.

Other home hopefuls are faring better, though, with Bronte Law and Charley Hull joint fourth.

An Byeong-hun and Im Sung-jae fired eight-under 62s to lead the Wyndham Championship as Jordan Spieth also made a fine start on Thursday.

An and Im shot bogey-free opening rounds at the Sedgefield Country Club to share a one-stroke lead in Greensboro, North Carolina.

The South Korean pair are both looking for their first wins on the PGA Tour, but top what is a congested leaderboard.

Spieth is part of a tie for seventh at six under after shooting a mixed 64 that included an eagle, six birdies and two bogeys.

The 2013 runner-up, looking for his first win since 2017, is joined by Josh Teater, Webb Simpson, defending champion Brandt Snedeker, Brice Garnett, Seamus Power, Ryan Armour, Ted Potter Jr and Kiradech Aphibarnrat at six under.

Mackenzie Hughes, Rory Sabbatini, Patrick Rodgers and Johnson Wagner are ahead of that group after carding 63s.

Paul Casey made a decent start with a five-under 65, while Hideki Matsuyama opened with a 67.

Ashleigh Buhai carded a superb 65 to take the lead after round one of the LPGA British Open at Woburn.

A winner of two Ladies European Tour events, Buhai has yet to triumph on the LPGA since joining in 2008 but was in fine form on Thursday, highlighting her seven-under round with eight birdies.

Immediately behind Buhai sat Hinako Shibuno and Danielle Kang, who both carded 66.

Defending champion Georgia Hall kept herself within touching distance of the lead with a three-under 69, while world number one Ko Jin-young overcame a bogey at the 12th and double at the 14th to finish with 68.

Hall - who revealed in the build-up to the tournament her trophy from 2018 had been stolen from her car - did not hit a bogey in a consistent first round but managed just three birdies.

Charley Hull, the other British hopeful, made a bright start to her campaign to win a first major title, shooting a five-under 67 on her home course.

"It puts a bit of pressure on me, but I played quite well today," Hull said.

"It's quite tricky because I know where not to miss it. I've hit shots around here and you just don't want to think of them because obviously it's my home golf course."

Laura Davies, a four-time major champion, now faces a fight to make the cut, however, as she finished with a 10-over 82.

Gordon Brand Jnr, a member of the first European Ryder Cup team to triumph on American soil, has died at the age of 60.

Brand, whose father was also a professional golfer, featured in the 1987 Ryder Cup as Tony Jacklin's side claimed a historic 15-13 victory at Muirfield Village in Ohio.

A winner of eight European Tour events, the Scot was also involved two years later when Europe retained the trophy courtesy of a 14-14 draw at The Belfry.

Brand had featured on the Staysure Tour - formerly known as the European Senior Tour - as recently as last month and the competition's official Twitter account confirmed his passing.

A post from the Staysure Tour read: "We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Gordon Brand Jnr. Our deepest sympathies are with his family at this time."

Responding to that message, world number four Justin Rose tweeted: "So sad... I remember watching him play as a kid for the first time at the @BMWPGA and getting his signed golf ball on the 18th hole. #RIPGBjnr."

Thomas Bjorn, Europe's captain at last year's Ryder Cup, wrote: "When I came on Tour in 1996 this was one of the men that helped me understand what it was all about. A great man, a great friend, that has left us way too early."

 

Brooks Koepka revealed he battled illness on his way to the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational title.

The world number one fired a five-under 65 in the final round on Sunday to claim a three-stroke victory and his first WGC crown.

However, Koepka, who now has seven PGA Tour wins, said he had been unwell throughout the tournament.

"It doesn't affect me hitting a golf ball. I don't feel good," he told the Golf Channel.

"I haven't felt good all week, but I don't want to make an excuse, I'm not trying to complain. Just get on with it. People go to work sick all the time."

Koepka's win continued what has been a dominant run by the American, who has secured four major triumphs since the start of 2017.

The 29-year-old said his win at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee, was among his favourites.

"It's special. These last few years have been unbelievable, it's been an incredible run, I'm playing some good golf and I'm excited for what the future holds," Koepka said.

"This place has always been special to me, everything, with FedEx being here, St. Jude being here, it's always been a fun place for me to come.

"It's always a special place, but to win here, this one goes down as one of my favourites."

Collin Morikawa broke through for his maiden PGA Tour win in just his sixth professional start, claiming the Barracuda Championship on Sunday.

Morikawa, 22, earned a three-point win in Reno, Nevada, after a brilliant final round that saw him hole seven birdies in the modified stableford format.

The American was making just his sixth PGA Tour start as a professional and he secured victory with 47 points, ahead of Troy Merritt (44), John Chin (40) and Robert Streb (40).

Morikawa made two birdies on the front nine before a stunning finish, producing four more on his final five holes, including a 29-foot putt on the 17th.

He came into the tournament on the back of two top-five finishes, while his worst result since his professional debut in June was a tied for 36th at the Travelers Championship.

Brooks Koepka saw off Rory McIlroy to claim his maiden World Golf Championship at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.

World number one Koepka celebrated a three-stroke victory after carding a five-under-par 65 in Memphis on Sunday.

Koepka – a four-time major champion – enjoyed a flawless final round with five birdies, including three in a four-hole stretch at TPC Southwind.

The American star and FedEx Cup leader finished 16 under overall for his third win of the season and seventh of his career, ahead of countryman Webb Simpson (64).

Simpson's round was highlighted with an eagle on the par-five third hole but a bogey just before making the turn sullied his scorecard.

Australian Marc Leishman, who also climbed up the leaderboard, rounded out the top three at 12 under after his final-round 67.

Overnight leader and former world number one McIlroy ended the tournament five shots off the pace following his one-over-par 71.

McIlroy – who won the tournament in 2014 – was the man to beat following the third round after he posted an eight-under-par 62 for a one-shot lead ahead of Koepka.

But the 54-hole leader was unable to maintain his charge after missing the cut at The Open last week – McIlroy falling victim to two bogeys on his back nine as he finished alongside Tommy Fleetwood (66) and Matthew Fitzpatrick (69).

Spanish star Jon Rahm (69) was a stroke further back at 10 under, ahead of Ian Poulter (69).

Defending champion Justin Thomas had to settle for a share of 12th position at six under following his final-round 71.

Thomas finished alongside Jordan Spieth (68), Alex Noren (73), Patrick Reed (68), Rafa Cabrera Bello (66), Aaron Rai (67), Patrick Cantlay (68) and Cameron Smith (68).

Meanwhile, Dustin Johnson – the 2016 champion – ended the event a stroke further back after shooting a two-under-par 68.

Ko Jin-young won her second major title by closing out a victory at Evian Championship that is projected to send her top of the world rankings.

The Korean shot a near-flawless 67 to win by two shots, following her success at the ANA Inspiration earlier in the year with another major win.

Ko only dropped one shot with five birdies enough to move her ahead of the chasing pack at the Evian Resort Club on Sunday.

Playing partner Park Sung-hyun made Ko wait at the last, having hit her ball into a flower arrangement, but the 24-year-old retained her composure.

A birdie at 17 had given Ko a sizable cushion and after laying into the middle of the green she converted the second of three putts for victory, banking a cheque for $615,000.

Heavy rain made conditions difficult for much of the day, with low scoring tough as a result, but Jennifer Kupcho shot a brilliant 66 to claim the clubhouse lead.

Her round ended on a high with three birdies on the last four holes but the American's pressure was not enough to deny the unflappable Ko.

Shanshan Feng was on Ko's shoulder too, but she narrowly missed a birdie chance at the last and had to settle for finishing level with Kupcho.

Kim Hyo-joo took a one-shot lead into the final day but a disastrous triple-bogey on the 14th, which came after she found the bunker, all but ended her challenge.

She recovered with a birdie at the last to claim a share of second place with Feng and Kupcho.

Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka are excited for what shapes as being an enthralling final-round battle at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.

McIlroy fired an eight-under 62 at TPC Southwind on Saturday to grab a one-stroke lead over world number one Koepka.

The duo played together during the opening two rounds and they will be the final pairing on Sunday, something they are both looking forward to.

"It is exciting. Brooks is the number one player in the world, four majors in the last three years," McIlroy said.

"He's the man right now. I got to play with him the first couple days and I enjoyed it. I enjoyed seeing what he can do."

McIlroy tops a star-studded leaderboard ahead of Koepka after missing the cut at The Open, where the American finished tied for fourth.

Koepka believes McIlroy, who has two wins this year, will be hard to stop in the final round.

"It will be fun. Rory's playing some good golf, especially with the start he got off to," he said.

"Played with him the first two days. The way he struck it was really impressive. He's putting well and you know he's going to be tough to beat."

Rory McIlroy fired an impressive eight-under 62 to move into a one-shot lead at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational on Saturday.

McIlroy, who missed the cut at The Open, holed nine birdies and just one bogey during his third round at TPC Southwind, moving into 12 under and top of a leaderboard featuring many contending stars.

The Northern Irishman made five birdies on the front nine, including three straight beginning at the seventh in Memphis, Tennessee.

McIlroy had a slight setback on the par-four 12th but recovered well with four more birdies on his last five holes, including a successful 27-foot birdie putt on 18 to take the outright lead.

However, if McIlroy wants his third win of the year he will have to hold off a surging field trailing closely behind him.

Brooks Koepka moved into second place at 11 under and 36-hole leader Matt Fitzpatrick is a shot further back.

Marc Leishman (63), Alex Noren (66) and Jon Rahm (68) are tied for fourth at nine under, a shot ahead of Ian Poulter (67), Thorbjorn Olesen (65) and Billy Horschel (69).

Leishman produced a chip in off the green for an eagle at the par-five 16th hole.

Justin Thomas (66) and Tommy Fleetwood (65) climbed up the leaderboard to join Webb Simpson (68) and Bubba Watson (68) in a tie for 10th place at seven under.

Meanwhile, Dustin Johnson was again unable to get going, shooting a third straight one-under 69 to be tied for 26th.

Kim Hyo-joo took a one-shot lead into the final day of the Evian Championship after a fine six-under round on Saturday, leading a pack of South Koreans at the top of the leaderboard.

Kim was not quite at the standard she set in 2014, when she became champion and produced a record round of 61 when she was only 19, but did enough to seize control of the major.

Only Ariya Jutanugarn posted a better score on moving day, the Thai equalling the best round of the week with a seven-under 64.

Nevertheless, Kim's advantage on 15 under is by no means unassailable, as Park Sung-hyun is just a shot behind having carded a 66 on day three.

Fellow South Koreans Ko Jin-young and seven-time major winner Inbee Park are a further three strokes adrift in a tie for third, with the latter suggesting the local terrain in plays into the hands of her compatriots.

"I really think this course suits Korean players, because all the golf courses in Korea are built in the mountains," she said.

"We are really used to the undulations and the lies we get."

Park Sung-hyun moved into first at the turn after holing out from the bunker for eagle, but Kim finished stronger, getting birdies on 13, 14, 16 and 17, helping her make up for two bogeys in her first four holes.

Lee Mi-hyang went into the day with the lead but carded her worst round of the major, finishing level par at 71 to sit five off the top and tied for fifth with China's Shanshan Feng.

The action began early on Saturday due to weather warnings and that move ensured everyone got around just in time, with a storm unloading shortly after play finished.

However, Sunday looks set for interruptions, with rain forecast for much of the day.

Matthew Fitzpatrick claimed a two-stroke lead after the second round of the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.

Fitzpatrick climbed 12 spots to the top of the leaderboard with a six-under-par 64 in Memphis on Friday.

His round was highlighted by four consecutive birdies at the start, and he had just one hiccup with a bogey on the par-three 8th hole.

Fitzpatrick finished with seven total birdies as he heads into the weekend at nine under through 36 holes.

Close behind Fitzpatrick in second place is Jon Rahm (71), who is in a four-way tie alongside Patrick Cantlay (68), Cameron Smith (68) and Billy Horschel at seven under following day two.

After a mistake-free first round (62), Rahm had four bogeys on Friday. He did finish with back-to-back birdies on the 16th and 17th holes to stay close to the front.

Horschel (66) had the best round of the bunch in contention and used an eagle on the par-five third hole to jump up the standings.

Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Bubba Watson are four shots off the pace ahead of Saturday's third round.

Koepka had four birdies and a bogey for a second-round 67, while Rose posted a 68 and Watson recorded a 70.

Former world number one Rory McIlroy shot a three-under-par 67 to be four under overall, a shot ahead of defending champion Justin Thomas (69).

Dustin Johnson – the 2016 winner – recorded back-to-back 69s to be seven strokes behind Fitzpatrick, while Jordan Spieth's consecutive 70s left him even par at the halfway stage.

Defending champion Puerto Rico successfully defended their title at the 32nd Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championship played at the Albany Golf Course in Nassau, The Bahamas, from July 24 - 26.

Lee Mi-hyang heads a South Korean-dominated leaderboard at the halfway stage of the Evian Championship after first-round leader Paula Creamer fell from contention with a nightmare Friday outing.

Creamer shot a superb 64 on Thursday at Evian-les-Bains but the former U.S. Women's Open champion's latest major bid hit trouble as she carded a five-over 76.

She is tied 24th on two under overall, despite not dropping a shot for her first 30 holes of the competition. A missed six-foot putt for par on 13 on the other side of a one-hour lightning delay set in motion a dismal run that saw Creamer play the final six holes in seven over.

Lee and her compatriots were the main beneficiaries – the 26-year-old ending her round birdie, birdie, eagle in stark contrast to Creamer.

That meant a 67 to go alongside Thursday's 65 and 10 under through 36, although there is plenty of major-winning pedigree in the chasing pack just one shot back.

World number one Park Sung-hyun has compiled rounds of four and five under, while Kim Hyo-joo – winner in her first major at the Evian Championship back in 2014 – shot 64

Seven-time major winner Inbee Park completes the group of three Koreans on nine under.

China's Shanshan Feng has similarly carded two rounds in the sixties to lie fifth on seven under. Sweden's Caroline Hedwall was the only player to match Kim's seven under on Friday and is one of six on six under going into moving day.

Further forecasted storms on Saturday have seen third-round starting tee times brought forward to 07:00 (local time) off the first and 10th tees.

Jon Rahm revealed he felt "dead" in the lead up to the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational before opening with an impressive eight-under 62.

The Spaniard opened up a three-stroke lead after the first round at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee on Thursday.

But Rahm, searching for his first WGC win, said he was exhausted ahead of the tournament, leaving him playing the front nine at the course for the first time during the opening round.

"I can tell you getting to the first tee today [Thursday] was the first time I stepped on that nine," he said.

"I didn't see my back nine today at all before today. I didn't do anything Monday or Tuesday, I just rested and stretched at the hotel.

"Yesterday I came with the plan of playing 18 holes. I putted and warmed up, and after four holes, I teed off on 10, I think that was when I got to 14 or 15, I was dead. I couldn't swing properly. I was really tired, so I just decided to finish the round of nine holes, eat and just putt a little bit and go."

Despite the unusual preparation, Rahm holed eight birdies in his first round, including five from holes one to eight – his back nine.

The 24-year-old said the way he set himself up led to his superb start as he took a three-shot lead over Patrick Cantlay, Bubba Watson, Cameron Smith, Hideki Matsuyama and Shugo Imahira.

"The key to all those birdies, my position on the greens was really good," Rahm said.

"I was able to not really go at the pins every single time, but I was able to make myself putts that for the most part I felt with very little break ... if I could do that every day of the year, that would be amazing."

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