How it Happened: Choi leads Women's British Open

Na Yeon Choi during the second round of the 2013 Women's British Open at St. Andrews.

Na Yeon Choi during the second round of the 2013 Women's British Open at St. Andrews.

Na Yeon Choi moved to the top of the leaderboard Friday in Scotland, shooting her second consecutive 67 to overtake first-round co-leader Morgan Pressel in the Women's British Open at St. Andrews.

Inbee Park, chasing her fourth major victory this season. Park followed her opening 69, with a 1-over 73, but finished with a birdie. She's much closer to the cut line than the lead nonetheless.

Choi leads by a shot over Miki Saiki and two over Pressel.

Choi chases 2nd career major, moves to lead at St. Andrews.

• Afternoon notebook: Lewis says Park 'still in it,' even eight back; Lewis paces self; more.

Midway through second round, Saiki takes lead as Davies, Hull falter.

• Notes: Pressel's confidence, Stanford's run, more midway through second round.

Follow our live updates on Round 2 – and scroll down for this week's previous coverage of the Women's British Open!

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Update No. 20: 4:04 p.m. EDT

Xiyu Lin, playing in the day's final group, birdies the 18th to get to 4 under and T-13.

The cut stands at 1 over, with 69 golfers making it to the final two rounds. Notables on the outside looking in include Brittany Lang, Caroline Hedwall, Yani Tseng and Belen Mozo at 2 over; Jennifer Rosales, Alison Walshe and Jacqui Concolino at 3 over; and Azahara Munoz, Giulia Sergas and Julieta Granada at 4 over.

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Update No. 19: 3:03 p.m. EDT

The projected cut line of 1 over is looking pretty solid, with top 65 and ties advancing and 1 over good for T-59 right now with 2 over at T-70. That's good news for Cristie Kerr and Lydia Ko, both in the clubhouse at 1 over, with Yani Tseng and Belen Mozo likely missing the weekend by a stroke.

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Update No. 18: 2:54 p.m. EDT

With a birdie at the 18th, Nicole Castrale gets back to T-4 at 7 under midway through the Women's British Open. Castrale is 49th on the LPGA money list and chasing her best finish of the year.

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Update No. 17: 2:29 p.m. EDT

Nicole Castrale heads to the 18th with four straight pars under her belt and is 1 under for the day, 6 under and T-6 for the tournament. Xiyu Lin birdies No. 11 and follows with a par to get to 4 under for the day and the tournament.

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Update No. 16: 2:21 p.m. EDT

Shanshan Feng finishes with a 76 that puts her T-60 at 1 over, just barely on the good side of the projected cut line at that mark. Moriya Jutanugarn also is on that mark through 14 holes, a bogey her only score other than par for the day.

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Update No. 15: 1:39 p.m. EDT

In the wake of her day's first bogey, Nicole Castrale bounces back with a par at No. 15 to remain 6 under, T-6 and the low golfer still on the course. Castrale's best finish this season is a T-8 at the Founders Cup in March.

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Update No. 14: 1:28 p.m. EDT

Xiyu Lin of China makes the turn at 3 under for the day, bogey free with birdies in three of her first five holes. She's T-20 at 3 under for the tournament.

A bogey at No. 13 drops Nicole Castrale back to 6 under, T-6 with Mikaela Parmlid.

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Update No. 13: 1:19 p.m. EDT

A birdie at the par-5 14th hole lifts Hee Young Park to T-8 at 5 under. Park is 3 under for the day, with four birdies against a lone bogey.

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Update No. 12: 1:12 p.m. EDT

Let's check in on the the top 10 in the Rolex Rankings and where they stand today:

  1. Inbee Park: T-24 at 2 under; shot 73 today
  2. Stacy Lewis: T-8 at 5 under; 72 today
  3. Suzann Pettersen: T-4 at 7 under; 67 today
  4. Na Yeon Choi: Leader at 10 under; 67 today
  5. So Yeon Ryu: T-8 at 5 under; 70 today
  6. Karrie Webb: T-115 at 6 over; 76 today
  7. Shanshan Feng: T-62 at 1 over; 4 over through 16 holes today
  8. Jiyai Shin: T-31 at 1 under; 72 today
  9. I.K. Kim: T-31 at 1 under; 72 today
  10. Catriona Matthew: T-24 at 2 under; 74 today

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Update No. 11: 1:01 p.m. EDT

In the race for low amateur, Georgia Hall remains the leader at 1 under despite a 75 today that included two double bogeys on the back nine. Lydia Ko and Celine Boutier are on the projected-cut bubble; with top 65 and ties making it, Ko and Boutier are 1 under and T-64; Ko shot 76 today and Boutier is 1 over through 10 holes.

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Update No. 10: 12:52 p.m. EDT

Leader Na Yeon Choi ends her day with her third par in a row to card her second straight 67 and get to the clubhouse with the lead at St. Andrews at 10 under, one ahead of Miki Saiki and two ahead of first-round leader Morgan Pressel. Choi favored the outward nine again today, touring the front nine in 3 under and the back in 2 under.

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Update No. 9: 12:41 p.m. EDT

Pars at Nos. 16-17 keep leader Na Yeon Choi a shot ahead of Miki Saiki as she heads to the 18th tee.

The projected cut line moves to 1 over, helping Cristie Kerr, Lydia Ko and about a dozen others improve their chances of playing this weekend.

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Update No. 8: 12:26 p.m. EDT

The projected cut is at even par, which would leave out veteran Cristie Kerr and teenage amateur Lydia Ko at 1 over. Ko finished with a birdie at the 18th for a 76, but will need more help to make it into weekend play.

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Update No. 7: 12:12 p.m. EDT

Nicole Castrale has moved to T-6 at 6 under; she's 1 under through 10 holes today.

Bogeys at Nos. 15 and 17 drop Lydia Ko two shots outside the projected cut line; with one to play, she's 2 over for the tournament.

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Update No. 6: 12:01 p.m. EDT

Inbee Park finishes a difficult Friday with a bogey at the 17th, then a birdie at the 18th for a 1-over 73 in the second round. That sends her to the clubhouse at 2 under for the tournament, eight back of leader Na Yeon Choi – and with only two shots to spare inside the projected cut line of even par.

Choi birdies No. 15 to pull ahead of Miki Saiki for the outright lead. Choi is 5 under today, with six birdies against a lone bogey.

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Update No. 5: 11:49 a.m. EDT

Inbee Park's day has been somewhat costly, the South Korean chasing her fourth major title and a Grand Slam season standing 1 over through 16 holes. Park toured the front nine in even par with a birdie and a bogey, then bogeyed two of the first four holes on the back nine with just one birdie to offset them. Park has parred three in a row since. Not only is Park seven back of the lead, with some big names between her and a win this weekend, at 2 under she's dangerously close to the cut line of 1 under.

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Update No. 4: 11:31 a.m. EDT

Of those at even par and on the course trying to get inside the cut line, only Gwladys Nocera is under par for the round, 2 under through 14 holes.

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Update No. 3: 11:11 a.m. EDT

Paula Creamer and Stacy Lewis are among seven golfers T-7 at 5 under for the tournament. Creamer is 1 under through 15 holes today while Lewis is even through 16. Also in that pack: So Yeon Ryu and Angela Stanford are 2 under today after carding 70s.

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Update No. 2: 11:03 a.m. EDT

Through 13 holes, 15-year-old amateur Lydia Ko is just outside the cut line at even par; she's 3 over today. Georgia Hall is the low amateur so far, just inside the cut line at 1 under after following a first-round 68 with a 75 today.

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Update No. 1: 10:55 a.m. EDT

Na Yeon Choi moves into a tie for the lead, a birdie at No. 12 getting her to 4 under for the day and 9 under for the tournament alongside Miki Saiki.

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Early risers

Miki Saiki of Japan has moved to the top of the leaderboard with a 6-under 66 that pushes her to 9 under for the tournament.

Three golfers are a shot back of Saiki. First-round co-leader Morgan Pressel shot 70 to move to 8 under, while Na Yeon Choi is on that mark (3 under through six holes today) as is Jee Young Lee (6 under through 15).

Suzann Pettersen shot 67 today to improve to 7 under, good for fifth as things stand.

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Slow starters

Pornanong Phatlum followed her even-par first round of 72 with a 77 today to fall to 5 over, while Hee Kyung Seo slid to 1 over by following a first-round 69 with a 76 today. Jane Park and Alison Walshe followed first-round 71s with a 76 and Laura Davies followed her first-round 72 with a 76

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Weather conditions

Temps are expected to hover in the low- to mid-70s for play today, according to accuweather.com, with partly cloudy skies and a few showers here or there in the morning and afternoon.

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Thursday coverage

My victory in the Women’s British Open Pro-Am

Oliver Horovitz is a writer, filmmaker and caddie on the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland. His book, “An American Caddie in St. Andrews,” was published by Gotham Books in March, and is in stores now.

Lucky draw: Lewis' early morning translates to early success

Stacy Lewis played the Old Course back to front, but she is in contention at the Ricoh Women’s British Open.

Inbee Park's St. Andrews opener derailed by rare 3-putts

An early-morning Scottish mist had rolled over the Kingdom of Fife as Inbee Park, the undisputed Queen of Golf for the moment, smiled cooly and yawned occasionally as she prepared to begin the first leg of her fourth major conquest of the season at 7:03 a.m.

Young caddie, Old Course, good fun

Oliver Horovitz is a smart guy, and not just because he matriculated at Harvard University. The author of “An American Caddie in St. Andrews: Growing up, Girls, and Looping on the Old Course” enrolled at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland for his gap year between high school and college. Now that is genius.

Morgan Pressel fights Solheim demons to excel at St. Andrews

Morgan Pressel is trying to control her subconsciousness. She’s fighting a losing battle.

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Pre-tournament coverage

Park chases a first at grand cathedral of golf: Even though Inbee Park is chasing a fourth major title this season, she hasn't achieved full celebrity status just yet.

Poised, polished Creamer pursues Women's British: Paula Creamer wouldn't mind being the player who stands between Inbee Park and a fourth major this week at St. Andrews.

Booth, Matthew lone Scots in Women's British field: Scottish golf fans hoping to see one of their own win this week’s Ricoh Women’s British Open have all their eggs in just two baskets.

Webb among Park's potential spoilers at St. Andrews: Though Karrie Webb hasn’t won a major since 2006, she’s a solid pick to spoil Inbee Park’s fun. Among those in the field this week, only Juli Inkster has as many major titles.

Charley Hull hoping for Solheim Cup nod: This week at St. Andrews, Charley Hull is giving hot pursuit to a new dream: next month’s Solheim Cup.

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