Tracker: Martin grabs lead at Women’s British Open

On a day when many big names struggled – Stacy Lewis shot 74, Lexi Thompson carded a 77 and Michelle Wie missed the cut after a second-round 78 – Mo Martin shot her second straight 3-under 69 to grab a three-shot lead at the Ricoh Women’s British Open.

Martin made just two bogeys Friday at Royal Birkdale, at Nos. 11 and 12, and is now 6 under overall.

Beatriz Recari shot 67 while So Yeon Ryu carded a 70 as they both moved to 3 under for the championship. Inbee Park, Jessica Korda and Morgan Pressel are among a list of players in the top 10 at even par.

Here’s how it all unfolded Friday in Southport, England:

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Update #49: 2:40 p.m. EDT

Mo Martin birdies the par-5 18th to wrap up a second straight 3-under 69. At 6 under overall, Martin leads the field by three shots.

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Update #48: 1:37 p.m. EDT

After two straight pars, Mo Martin gets back to 5 under after a birdie at the par-5 15th.

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Update #47: 12:47 p.m. EDT

Back-to-back bogeys, at Nos. 11-12, have dropped Mo Martin back to 4 under. She now leads by just one shot.

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Update #46: 12:21 p.m. EDT

Mo Martin moves to 6 under, starting her back nine with a birdie at the 10th. She’s three shots clear of the field.

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Update #45: 12:10 p.m. EDT

Stacy Lewis birdies the 18th to wrap up a second-round 2-over 73. She’s 1 over overall. Her playing competitor, first-round leader Ayako Uehara, shot 79 to fall from 4 under to 3 over.

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Update #44: 12:02 p.m. EDT

Michelle Wie, needing birdies on her final two holes to make cut, bogeys the 17th and will be heading home early.

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Update #43: 11:45 a.m. EDT

With two holes left, both par 5s, Michelle Wie will have some work to do to make the cut. She just doubled the par-4 16th to drop to 8 over. The cut is projected to fall at 6 over.

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Update #42: 11:41 a.m. EDT

Michelle Wie birdies the par-5 15th to get to 6 over, which is the current projected cut. Also birdieing the 15th was Brittany Lincicome, who is now 7 over. Lincicome started the back nine bogey/bogey/bogey/double bogey/bogey.

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Update #41: 11:21 a.m. EDT

An errant drive at the 15th leads to a double bogey for defending champ Stacy Lewis – and drops her to T-19 at 2 over, eight shots back of the lead.

Leader Mo Martin birdies the par-5 sixth hole and the seventh to open up a two-shot lead over Beatriz Recari and So Yeon Ryu.

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Update #40: 10:40 a.m. EDT

Stacy Lewis bogeys the par-3 14th to drop back to even par. She had moved to 1 under a couple of holes ago after a birdie at the par-3 12th.

Also, Michelle Wie bogeys the 13th, as well, to fall to 7 over and two shots off the projected cut line.

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Update #39: 10:21 a.m. EDT

At 6 over, Michelle Wie is one shot off he projected cut line right now. She just birdied the par-3 12th, but three straight bogeys to close her front nine gave her a little hole to dig out of.

Also in danger of missing the cut is Cheyenne Woods, who is 8 over with seven holes to play.

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Update #38: 10:18 a.m. EDT

First-round leader Ayako Uehara hung around the lead for much of the day, but she’s now 4 over through 13 holes and even par overall. She just doubled the par-4 13th and is now three shots off the lead.

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Update #37: 9:59 a.m. EDT

The last, and likely only time, the media have gathered around Beatriz Recari this season came three weeks ago at Pinehurst when she played a practice round alongside 11-year-old Lucy Li. Friday, Recari found the spotlight herself with a smooth 5-under 67, the lowest round so far this week at Royal Birkdale.

Click here to read more about Recari in Beth Ann Nichols’ story from Friday.

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Update #36: 9:43 a.m. EDT

Amateur Georgia Hall has two birdies in her first seven holes and is now tied for sixth at 1 under.

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Update #35: 9:12 a.m. EDT

And Ayako Uehara again grabs sole possession of the lead at 4 under, birdieing the ninth to make the turn at even par for the round.

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Update #34: 8:58 a.m. EDT

Defending champ and World No. 1 Stacy Lewis has just one par in eight holes today, and it came at the second. Lewis has four bogeys and three birdies, including a birdie at the difficult par-4 eighth which brought her back to even par overall.

As for leader Ayako Uehara, her bogey at the eighth drops her into a four-way tie for the lead with Beatriz Recari (67), So Yeon Ryu (70) and Mo Martin, who has still not started her second round.

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Update #33: 8:51 a.m. EDT

Beatriz Recari made just one bogey Friday en route to carding a 5-under 67, which has her currently tied for the lead at 3 under. Here are her post-round comments.

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Update #32: 8:49 a.m. EDT

Michelle Wie hasn’t been able to get anything going so far. The 2014 U.S. Open winner just bogeyed the par-3 seventh to drop to 5 over, which is now the projected cut.

As for 2014’s other major champ, Lexi Thompson birdied the seventh and made par at the eigth, but is still 6 over thanks to a 10 on the first hole.

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Update #31: 8:41 a.m. EDT

Ayako Uehara is the solo leader again at 4 under after she birdied the par-5 sixth hole. Stacy Lewis also birdied the sixth, but a bogey at the seventh has her at 1 over.

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Update #30: 8:28 a.m. EDT

Jessica Korda bounced back from starting with double bogey and bogey to card an even-par 72 Friday. Here are her post-round comments.

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Update #29: 8:10 a.m. EDT

After both dropped a shot at the fourth, Ayako Uehara and Stacy Lewis birdie the par-4 fifth, Uehara rejoining the leaders at 3 under and Lewis moving back to 1 over.

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Update #28: 7:57 a.m. EDT

Stacy Lewis bogeys the par-3 fourth hole to drop to 2 over while Ayako Uehara also records bogey at the fourth to fall out of the lead. Beatriz Recari (67) and Mo Martin, who has yet to begin her second round, are now tied for the lead at 3 under.

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Update #27: 7:49 a.m. EDT

Defending champion Stacy Lewis hasn’t started great, either, bogeying two of her first three holes to drop to 1 over. Michelle Wie bogeyed her opening hole and is 4 over overall through two holes today.

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Update #26: 7:45 a.m. EDT

Not the start Lexi Thompson wanted. She hit three tee balls at the par-4 first hole before making a 10. She then bogeyed the second and is now 7 over for the championship after beginning her day at even par.

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Update #25: 7:31 a.m. EDT

Beatriz Recari closes with three straight birdies to shoot 5-under 67 and now she’s tied for the lead as first-round leader Ayako Uehara bogyes her second hole and is 1 over through three holes today. Recari, Uehara and Mo Martin all share the top spot at 3 under.

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Update #24: 7:03 a.m. EDT

Paula Creamer and Lydia Ko each birdie the par-5 18th to move inside of the projected cut line of 4 over and greatly improved their chances of playing the weekend. Right now, there are currently 74 players at 4 over or better and 53 at 3 over or better – the low 65 and ties make the cut.

Creamer shot 1-over 73 today while Ko followed her opening-round 72 with a 76.

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Update #23: 6:52 a.m. EDT

So Yeon Ryu starts her back nine with birdies at Nos. 10-11 to move to 2 under, two shots back of leader Ayako Uehara. Ryu doubled the par-4 second hole, but has three birdies and no bogeys since.

The 2011 U.S. Open winner tied for fifth at the 2012 Women’s British before tying for 17th a year ago.

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Update #22: 6:47 a.m. EDT

The field will be cut to the low 65 and ties after today’s second round. Currently, the cut is 4 over. Two big names, Lydia Ko and Paula Creamer, are at 5 over with one hole to play. Ko just bogeyed the par-5 17th and is 5 over on her round today while Creamer has been a little more steady at 1 over for the round.

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Update #21: 6:35 a.m. EDT

After a birdie at the par-5 15th, Lydia Ko doubles the par-4 16th to drop to 4 over. She began the day at even par.

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Update #20: 6:15 a.m. EDT

Inbee Park birdies the par-5 17th and par-5 18th to wrap up a second straight even-par 72. Also finishing her round, Jessica Korda caps her second consecutive 72 with 11 straight pars.

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Update #19: 5:28 a.m. EDT

Jessica Korda’s par at the par-5 15th is her eighth straight par as she remains at even par overall.

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Update #18: 5:20 a.m. EDT

After shooting 4-over 39 on the front nine, Catriona Matthew has continued to struggle on the back. She double-bogeyed the 11th, bogeyed the 12th and quadruple-bogeyed the par-4 13th. She’s now 13 over for the championship.

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Update #17: 5:13 a.m. EDT

World No. 4 Suzann Pettersen is hanging around the top 20, currently at T-19. She’s 1 over through 13 holes today after carding an even-par 72 in Round 1.

As far as results go, the Women’s British has been Pettersen’s worst major. She hadn’t finished better than T-14 until last year, when she tied for fourth – she’s finished at least T-2 in the other four majors, including first at the LPGA and Evian championships.

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Update #16: 4:54 a.m. EDT

Here’s what the race for low amateur looks like right now:

  • Emma Talley, T-18 at 1 over, 1 over thru 7 today
  • Georgia Hall, T-18 at 1 over, yet to start Round 2
  • Su-Hyun Oh, T-62 at 4 over, even thru 4 today
  • Minjee Lee, T-128 at 10 over, 1 over thru 8 today
  • Emily Pedersen, T-137 at 12 over, 2 over thru 6 today

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Update #15: 4:48 a.m. EDT

Ai Miyazato has notched 11 straight pars to begin her second round as she remains at level par overall.

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Update #14: 4:15 a.m. EDT

A triple bogey at the par-4 eighth drops Lydia Ko to 2 over and out of the top 10.

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Update #13: 3:53 a.m. EDT

It’s been a morning to forget for 44-year-old Catriona Matthew. She started with four straight bogeys and added her fifth bogey of the day at the par-4 eighth. At 6 over, she’s currently two back of the projected cut (low 65 and ties).

Click here to read Alistair Tait’s column on Matthew, who has found the ultimate balance of golf, family.

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Update #12: 3:51 a.m. EDT

Inbee Park closes her front nine with back-to-back bogeys, at Nos. 8-9, to drop back to 2 over for the championship.

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Update #11: 3:47 a.m. EDT

While the second round is in its early stages, check out this cool video from the LPGA’s YouTube channel of some funny outtakes from the pre-championship interviews.

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Update #10: 3:33 a.m. EDT

After a slow start to her round, beginning with a double bogey and a bogey, Jessica Korda has three birdies in her last five holes, including two straight, at Nos. 6-7. She’s now back to even par for the championship.

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Update #9: 3:24 a.m. EDT

Lydia Ko’s first pars of the day come at Nos. 4-5 as she remains tied for sixth at 1 under. The rookie is hunting for her first major victory after opening with an even-par 72.

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Update #8: 3:11 a.m. EDT

Amateur Emma Talley, who plays collegiately at Alabama, opens with a par to remain T-11 at even. Talley, who outdid Crimson Tide teammate Stephanie Meadow by five shots in the opening round, regularly shares a diary about her season with Golfweek – click here to read about her NCAA, Curtis Cup and U.S. Women’s Open experiences and more.

Ayaka Watanabe of Japan birdies No. 3 to get her round under par for the day; she climbs to T-45 at 3 over.

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Update #7: 3:02 a.m. EDT

Lydia Ko bounces back from an opening bogey with birdies at Nos. 2-3 to become the first player under par for the day. She climbs to T-6 at 1 under for the tournament, three back of leader Ayako Uehara.

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Update #6: 2:56 a.m. EDT

It took about an hour of play, but Jessica Korda cards Friday’s first birdie to get her round back to 2 over through four holes and climb back to T-34 at 2 over for the tournament. Royal Birkdale has some fight in it today, folks.

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Update #5: 2:49 a.m. EDT

Inbee Park has steadied herself since an opening bogey, running off three pars to remain T-19 at 1 over, where Suzann Pettersen joins her after a bogey at the third hole.

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Update #4: 2:35 a.m. EDT

Lydia Ko opens with bogey to drop to 1 over par for the tournament and T-20, while Paula Creamer pars the first to remain T-44 at 3 over. Of the 14 players to complete a hole so far, none are under par for the round.

Cristie Kerr, who would have teed off about 20 minutes ago for her second round, cited a sore back in withdrawing after an opening-round 81 that saw her card a double bogey on each nine against no birdies on the day.

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Update #3: 2:24 a.m. EDT

Suzann Pettersen starts her day with a par to remain T-10 at even. Jessica Korda loses another shot with a bogey at No. 2 to slip to T-44 at 3 over.

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Update #2: 2:11 a.m. EDT

The first hole is playing tough today, as Jessica Korda takes double bogey there to slip to T-35 at 2 over and Karine Icher cards the third bogey of the morning on the hole to drop to T-85 at 5 over. Laura Davies opens with par and remains T-47 at 3 over.

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Update #1: 1:57 a.m. EDT

Inbee Park and Azahara Munoz start their second round with bogeys to slip to T-22 at 1 over, while Angela Stanford opens with par and remains T-36 at 2 over. For Park, this is the tournament in which the dominance of her 2013 season was derailed, but an opening bogey today still has her within five shots of leader Ayako Uehara and just two back of defending champ Stacy Lewis.

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Thursday’s coverage

With trusted caddie on bag, Lewis opens British with 71

Stacy Lewis began her title defense Thursday at the Ricoh Women’s British Open by carding a first-round 1-under 71 at Royal Birkdale – and as usual, she did it with longtime caddie Travis Wilson on the bag.

Hull bounces back after rough start in British

Charley Hull, Britain’s main hope of becoming the first home winner of the Women’s British Open since Catriona Matthew in 2009, trails after a rough start at Royal Birkdale led to a 1-over 73.

Tracker: Uehara (68) leads Women’s British Open

Defending champion Stacy Lewis carded a 1-under 71 Thursday during the first round of the Ricoh Women’s British Open. Yet, it was Ayako Uehara who shot three shots better than Lewis and posted a 68 at Royal Birkdale.

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Pre-tournament coverage

Nichols: Rooted in friendship, Wie vs. Lewis great for the LPGA

Michelle Wie and Stacy Lewis spend plenty of time together off the course, but it is the pushing of each other on the course that is paying major dividends for them, and for the LPGA.

Americans use Solheim Cup loss as major motivation

With the Solheim Cup loss in 2013 fresh in their minds, Americans have taken women’s golf by storm, with Lexi Thompson and Michelle Wie winning the year’s first two majors.

At 44, Matthew finds ultimate balance of golf, family

Catriona Matthew, 44, is not only competing with the young guns at this week’s Ricoh Women’s British Open, but also managing to maintain a solid family life with husband Graeme and daughters Katie and Sophie.

From campus to LPGA, Meadow aces the toughest tests

Stephanie Meadow was a standout in the classroom at Alabama the last four years, but her game is getting all the attention now after her third-place finish at the U.S. Women’s Open and qualifying for this week’s Ricoh Women’s British Open.

With nobility and humor, Davies declares herself ready

Few things on tour are more entertaining than a Laura Davies interview, and on Wednesday she dished out a few gems while being honored as a new member of Royal Birkdale, site of her only Women’s British title, in 1986.

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