Women’s British Open 2021: Mina Harigae, Georgia Hall Tied for Lead After Round 2

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVAugust 20, 2021

CARNOUSTIE, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 19: Mina Harigae of The United States on the 15th tee during the first round of the AIG Women's Open at Carnoustie Golf Links on August 19, 2021 in Carnoustie, Scotland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
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The Women's British Open leaderboard remains crowded after Round 2, with Mina Harigae and Georgia Hall currently sharing the lead at seven strokes under par. 

Hall shot 69 on Friday at Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland to position herself well heading into the weekend. Harigae jumped from 11th place to into the tie for first after shooting 67.

The tournament is still far from settled, with 17 players at four strokes under par or better. It should keep things wide-open for the final major championship of the year. 

Round 2 Leaderboard

T1. Mina Harigae (-7)

T1. Georgia Hall (-7)

T3. Lizette Salas (-6)

T3. Sei Young Kim (-6)

T5. Moriya Jutanugarn (-5)

T5. Leona Maguire (-5)

T5. Yealimi Noh (-5)

T5. Nanna Koerstz Madsen (-5)

T5. Lexi Thompson (-5)

T5. Yuka Saso (-5)

Full leaderboard available at LPGA.com.

There was a three-way tie after Round 1 between Sei Young Kim, Madelene Sagstrom and Nelly Korda after each shot 67 on Thursday. None were able to pull away in the second round after plenty of other players took advantage of good conditions.

Harigae pulled into a share of the lead thanks to seven birdies in the round. It puts the 31-year-old American in new territory at this stage of her career:

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.<a href="https://twitter.com/minaharigae?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@minaharigae</a> records an early R2 67 to join the <a href="https://twitter.com/AIGWomensOpen?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AIGWomensOpen</a> leaders at -7.<br><br>Harigae's career-best major finish is T13 (2020 <a href="https://twitter.com/KPMGWomensPGA?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@KPMGWomensPGA</a>). Thru 14 events in 2021, she's recorded four top-10 finishes, including a season- &amp; career-best T2 at the <a href="https://twitter.com/MarathonLPGA?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@MarathonLPGA</a>. <a href="https://t.co/Z7PQZec40N">pic.twitter.com/Z7PQZec40N</a>

Hall has more experience at this level with a win at the 2018 British Open, which could help the Englishwoman after carding a 68-69 in the first two rounds. California native Lizette Salas, who sits just one stroke off the lead, is the only other player to produce two rounds in the 60s.

Kim also fell into a tie for third after shooting 71 in the second round, including four bogeys.

Sagstrom is currently outside the top 10 thanks to two bogeys in the final three holes, although she remains in the hunt thanks to her iron play: 

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🎯 Beautiful approach<br>🐦 Makes birdie <br>🤝 Share of the lead <a href="https://twitter.com/msagstrom?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@msagstrom</a> // <a href="https://twitter.com/AIGWomensOpen?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AIGWomensOpen</a> <a href="https://t.co/nohyDUVy34">pic.twitter.com/nohyDUVy34</a>

The Swede is among the many big names just a couple of strokes just off the lead. 

Lexi Thompson, Leona Maguire and Moriya Jutanugarn each sit at five under and could be charging fast after quality showings in Round 2:

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A new name at the top!<br><br>Lexi joins Sei Young Kim and Georgia Hall on -7 with a two-putt birdie at the par-5 12th 🐤<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AIGWO?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AIGWO</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WorldClass?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WorldClass</a> <a href="https://t.co/bEkyOHhczE">pic.twitter.com/bEkyOHhczE</a>

AIG Women’s Open @AIGWomensOpen

Leona Maguire is -5 and intends to stay there.<br><br>A brilliant bunker shot at 17 👏<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AIGWO?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AIGWO</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WorldClass?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WorldClass</a> <a href="https://t.co/uYnljLnLAX">pic.twitter.com/uYnljLnLAX</a>

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The leaderboard is starting to bunch up! <a href="https://twitter.com/MJutanugarn?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@MJutanugarn</a> is within 2 of the lead.<br><br> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AIGWO?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AIGWO</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WorldClass?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WorldClass</a> <a href="https://t.co/MoBvxbWTHo">pic.twitter.com/MoBvxbWTHo</a>

Thompson had a share of the lead at seven under before a pair of bogeys on No. 14 and No. 16 ruined her day. Maguire had no such trouble as a bogey-free round of 67 makes the Ireland native a legitimate contender to win it all.

Minjee Lee is also someone to watch after the Australian's round of 69, including a solid birdie on No. 18.


Looking for major title #2 this year 👀 <br><br>After this approach on 18, <a href="https://twitter.com/minjeegolf?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@minjeegolf</a> ended her day with a birdie putt to move within three.<br><br>Watch now on <a href="https://twitter.com/GolfChannel?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@GolfChannel</a>! <a href="https://t.co/8PGomwgN62">pic.twitter.com/8PGomwgN62</a>

Korda saw her first-round lead slip away after some struggles in Round 2, carding a one-over score of 73 in the round. The world No. 1 still shouldn't be counted out at four strokes under par for the tournament. 

The Florida native already has one major this year and is well within reach of her second if she can get back on track in Round 3.

Based on the narrow margin in the standings, however, any mistakes could be the difference that decide the championship.