Martin leads as Wie heads home after missing the cut


American Mo Martin carded a second consecutive 69 to claim the halfway lead in the Ricoh Women’s British Open here yesterday.

The 31-year-old, who has recorded just one top-10 finish in 63 career LPGA starts, fired five birdies and two bogeys to finish six under par, three shots ahead of Spain’s Beatriz Recari and South Korea’s Ryu So-yeon.

Recari carded a superb 67 which featured one bogey and six birdies, three of them coming on the last three holes, while Ryu recovered from a double bogey on the second with birdies on the fourth, 10th, 11th and 18th to return a 70. Fellow Korean Ahn Sun-ju matched Recari’s 67 thanks to four birdies in the last five holes to finish two under par alongside Paraguay’s Julieta Granada.

England’s Georgia Hall is the best-placed home player after adding a 72 to her opening 73 to lie one over par alongside defending champion Stacy Lewis, while 50-year-old Laura Davies was two shots further back after a 72. Scotland’s Vikki Laing produced the shot of the day, holing a 5-wood from 240 yards for an albatross on the par-five 17th on her way to a 68, a 10-shot improvement on her opening round.

The halfway cut fell at seven over par and US Open champion Michelle Wie missed out by two shots after a 78.