• Choi on the charge in Utah

Australian Robyn Choi is positioned to push her case for promotion to the LPGA Tour at the halfway mark of the Epson Tour’s Black Desert Resort Championship in Utah.

The top 10 players on the Race to the Card standings at season’s end earn direct promotion to the LPGA Tour in 2024, Choi sitting in 14th position with five events remaining in the year.

An eagle at the par-4 eighth hole was the highlight in her second round of 5-under 67 at Salt Lake City, Choi moving into a tie for third and just two strokes back of co-leaders Jenny Coleman (63) and Yiyi Liu (65).

Choi is one of four Australians inside the top 10 across four international women’s tours.

On the LPGA Tour, Minjee Lee backed up her opening round of 5-under 67 with a 3-under 69 on Friday to be tied for seventh at the Kroger Queen City Championship in Ohio.

Lee is six shots back of the leader, Peiyun Chien of Chinese Taipei, but just two back of a three-way tie for second between Ruoning Yin (66), Morgane Metraux (66) and Ruixin Lin (69).

Gabi Ruffels made it back-to-back rounds of 3-under 69 to be tied for 14th through two rounds as Sarah Kemp (71) and Stephanie Kyriacou (72) made the cut on the number.

Following on from her career best finish since turning professional last week, West Australian Kirsten Rudgeley (68) is tied for fourth after the opening round of the Ladies European Tour’s Big Green Egg Open and Kelsey Bennett is tied for fourth after two rounds of the Rose Ladies Open on the LET Access Series.

Photo: Courtesy of Epson Tour

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