Phatlum surges ahead as Jutanugarn survives cut

It's two rounds and no dropped shots for Pornanong Phatlum, who leads the British Open after 36 holes.

Pornanong Phatlum at the British Open   -  Getty Images

Pornanong Phatlum holds a one-shot lead at the Women's British Open after she maintained her flawless start with a second successive 67.

Phatlum's best performance at a major came with a tied-seventh finish at the British Open in 2014. But, she is well in contention to taste victory after another five-under-par round, with the Thai yet to drop a shot through 36 holes.

Georgia Hall is a shot back at nine under after carding a 68, overnight leader Minjee Lee and Mamiko Higa joining her in a tie for second at Royal Lytham.

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Two-time major winner Sung Hyun Park is eight-under, while Brooke Henderson would have joined her had a round that featured an ace at the ninth, not also included three bogeys.

World number one Moriya Jutanugarn narrowly made the cut at level par despite a three-over 75, with defending champion In-kyung Kim three-under after a 71. However, Inbee Park, winner in 2015, missed out after going six over through two rounds.