Professional golfers often vie for whopping paychecks, but it’s a much smaller prize fueling South Korea’s Chun In-gee’s drive for a first crown at the women’s British Open and a fourth Major title.
Chun blasted a five-under 66 in the second round at Muirfield on Friday to take a one-shot lead, an inspired performance that had roots in a bet she had with her caddy.
“Before I started the tournament, my caddy Dean and I talked about the course and after that we had a little bet,” Chun told reporters.
“If I do the Bogey Free loop, he said he’ll buy dinner and pay me like $100 each day if I make it.”
The 27-year-old made two bogeys in the first two laps but added she was determined to fix that over the weekend.
“Before I start the round, I always set another goal to make a bogey-free round,” Chun said. “I think that attitude helped a lot on the course.”
Sweden’s Madelene Sagstrom and South Africa’s Ashleigh Buhai are in second place with 7-under and go into the third round on Saturday.