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Thai Phatlum halfway lead at Women's British Open

Thai Phatlum halfway lead at Women's British Open
Golf - Women's British Open - Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club, Lytham Saint Annes, Britain - August 3, 2018 Thailand's Pornanong Phatlum in action during the second round Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff   -   Copyright  JASON CAIRNDUFF(Reuters)
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(Reuters) – Pornanong Phatlum demonstrated the growing depth of Thai golf talent when she vaulted to the halfway lead at the Women’s British Open in Lancashire on Friday.

Phatlum carded a five-under-par 67 in the second round for a one-stroke advantage at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.

She posted a 10-under 134 total, while Australian first round leader Minjee Lee (70), Japan’s Mamiko Higa (69) and England’s Georgia Hall (68) were nipping at her heels on nine-under.

Phatlum, ranked 97th in the world, has no great recent form to speak of, and has never won an LPGA event, but the 28-year-old has been a solid performer in nearly a decade on the tour.

Her position atop the leaderboard offered a reminder that there is more to Thai golf than the Jutanugarn sisters — world number one Ariya and number 11 Moriya.

(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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