Ireland's Leona Maguire lies nine strokes adrift of the lead after carding a 72 in the second round of the BMW Ladies Championship in South Korea.

Following yesterday’s opening round of 70, Maguire hit three bogeys on Friday morning to leave her on two under par and in a tie for 44th.

Korean golfers lead the way, filling four of the top five spots.

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The tournament in the port city of Busan is the only Asian event in the US LPGA season this year, after stops in Shanghai, Japan and Taiwan fell casualty to coronavirus restrictions.

Lim Hee-jeong and An Na-rin were tied for the lead with 11-under-par 133. American Danielle Kang and Chun In-gee were one shot behind at the halfway stage.

I am happy that I haven't made a bogey over the first two rounds and my ball striking and putting are pretty solid right now," Lim was quoted as saying by Yonhap news agency.

Ko Jin-young, who missed extending an LPGA Tour scoring record a day earlier when she failed to make her 15th consecutive round in the 60s, rose to fifth after a bogey-free second-round 64.

Prior to the BMW Championship, the 26-year-old world number two matched Annika Sorenstam’s record for sub-70 rounds.

But Ko’s run ended on Thursday when she finished with a 71.