GB's Charley Hull remains in the mix for a medal after a second round score of five-under-par left her two shots behind the leader, South Korea's Inbee Park.
The Englishwoman's 66, which included birdies on her final three holes, puts her on eight-under-par alongside world No. 3 Brooke Henderson. Hull's teammate Catriona Matthew, who will be hoping to emulate Justin Rose's gold medal winning performance, matched Hull's second round score to rise up the leaderboard and sit in T-13. Team Ireland had a better day as world No. 1 ranked amateur golfer, Leona Maguire, scored a 65 to lie in a tie for 22nd place, while Stephanie Meadow shot a stand out round of 66 to jump 13 places up the leaderboard to share 39th position.
World No. 5 Inbee Park carded her second consecutive round of 66 at the Olympic Golf Course in Barra da Tijuca to climb to ten-under par and take a one-stroke lead ahead of Lewis.
The Republic of Korea’s top-ranked player is making just her second competitive start this week since June’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship as she continues to rehab an ongoing left thumb injury that forced her to withdraw from multiple events on the LPGA Tour this year.
Hoping to capture her first win in more than two years, USA’s Lewis vaulted to the top of the leaderboard on day two, matching the course record and her career low round with a 63 to move to nine-under par. Lewis’ putter caught fire on Thursday as the world No.7 made more than 119 feet worth of putts for 11 birdies en route to an eight-under par 63, which matched the course record set last week by Marcus Fraser and Matt Kuchar during the men’s competition.
First round leader Ariya Jutanugarn struggled off the tee and with her ball striking, making two bogeys in her first five holes to open the door for Lewis and Park. Jutanugarn posted an even par, 71 on day two to remain at six-under par.
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