Gustafson shows her liking for the links

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Sophie Gustafson of Sweden and America's Juli Inkster leapt ahead of the late-starting world No 1 Karrie Webb with excellent second rounds in the heat at the British Women's Open at Royal Birkdale yesterday.

Sophie Gustafson of Sweden and America's Juli Inkster leapt ahead of the late-starting world No 1 Karrie Webb with excellent second rounds in the heat at the British Women's Open at Royal Birkdale yesterday.

Gustafson, a huge hitter who finished second in the 1998 British Open at Lytham, again showed her liking for links courses, while Inkster has been the leading American for the past two seasons, winning three of the last seven majors.

Gustafson, a winner in Europe and America this year, had four birdies and an eagle as she moved to seven under par, while Inkster was on the same mark following run of six birdies in 15 holes.

Webb, the overnight leader on a five under 68, was lying third, while Britain's Trish Johnson set the clubhouse target of three under 143 after she birdied the last two holes for a 72.

Laura Davies, after a disappointing opening 75, was also set to shoot sub par on day two. She was two under for the round and one over for the championship with two holes to play.

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