Shin takes lead at Hoylake

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The first Asian clean sweep of the women's golf majors in one season has been on the cards for some time, and looks likely to be completed at Hoylake today.

South Korea's Jiyai Shin, winner at Sunningdale in 2008, took charge of the Ricoh British Open again in a second round which was restarted yesterday after Friday morning's 60mph gusts made the Royal Liverpool course unplayable.

The 24-year-old former world number one's brilliant eight-under-par 64, the best score of the week by four shots, swept her into a five-shot lead.

Two more Koreans, Sun Young Yoo and Na Yeon Choi, captured the Kraft Nabisco and US Women's Open titles earlier in the year, while China's Shanshan Feng won the LPGA Championship.

"I think it's the best round I've ever played," Shin said. "Eight under – wow. I can't believe it.

A 36-hole marathon is still to come on the final day today.