NORTH BERWICK, Scotland — South Korea's Mi Jung Hur took advantage of a soft course after heavy rains, shooting a 9-under 62 on Friday, Aug. 9, to take the lead in the suspended second round at the Ladies Scottish Open.
Hur played in the second wave after the morning starters faced difficult weather conditions before play was delayed in the early afternoon. The sun came out later, giving an edge to those with the later tee times, although nine groups were still on the course at The Renaissance Club when the round was suspended due to darkness.
Hur, at 14 under par for the tournament, had a two-shot lead on Thailand's Moriya Jutanugarn, who shot a bogey-free round of 66 and hit every green in regulation. South Korea's Jeongeun Lee6 (65) and the Netherlands' Anne van Dam (65) were in the clubhouse at 10 under, tied for third.
"Actually, I got a really lucky draw for this week," Hur said. "I had the morning yesterday and afternoon today. I know it was really tough this morning, but sometimes I need luck for those things, too. But, yeah, I think the pairings helped me a lot, too."
Hur, starting on the back nine, made only one par in her first 12 holes. She had eight birdies, a chip-in eagle on the par-5 12th and a bogey in that span, and she finished with one more birdie at No. 6 en route to her tournament-record-tying 62.
For as good as Hur was, the round of the day might have come from 55-year-old and four-time major champion Laura Davies. She battled rain and wind gusts up to 35 mph in the morning wave to shoot a 3-under 68 that included an ace on the par-3 5th hole.
"Lovely wedge, never left the pin," she said. "It seemed to roll for ages and just dropped in."
Davies called her 68 "probably her second-best round" ever and is 2 under for the tournament. She is tied for 41st, in position to make the cut for the first time in 12 LPGA Tour events this year. The Englishwoman was last in the field at last week's AIG Women's British Open.
"People say, oh, should you give up and commentate, you're a rubbish golfer now, but I still know I can hit shots and play like that," she said. "I've just got to do it and prove it."
South Korea's Mi Hyang Lee, who shared the first-round lead with van Dam and American Jane Park after opening with an 8-under 63, shot a 1-under 70 on Friday and was five strokes off the lead. China's Muni He was also 9 under after 15 holes of the second round.
Two golfers were tied for seventh at 8 under and still on the course -- Park and South Korea's Chella Choi.
Lee6, the reigning U.S. Open champion, birdied the first four holes and made eagle on the par-5 7th to go out in 29. The 23-year-old cooled off n the back side, with a birdie and a bogey.
"It's my first time playing a links golf course," she said. "I personally think it's really, really hard, but I did pretty well with my putting stroke and that's why my scores are better."
The second round will be completed early Saturday morning, with the third round going off on two tees.