Minjee Lee in British Open golf contention

Australian golf star Minjee Lee is just two shots off the halfway lead at the women's British Open after carding the equal-low second round at Royal Troon.

MINJEE LEE of Australia plays her tee shot on the first hole during the final round of the ANA Inspiration at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California.
MINJEE LEE of Australia plays her tee shot on the first hole during the final round of the ANA Inspiration at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California. Picture: Jeff Gross/Getty Images

Australian golf star Minjee Lee has rocketed up the women's British Open leaderboard with the day's equal-low round at Royal Troon.

Lee's two-under-par 69 in brutal winds propelled the world No.8 to one over for the championship after two rounds and just two shots behind Swedish halfway leader Dani Holmqvist.

Chasing her elusive first career major after a series of close calls, Lee has rebounded superbly from a horror start to the Open when she slipped to four over after just six holes.

The 24-year-old was among only seven players to break par in the second round, chipping in on the 11th and icing her performance with a lovely birdie-birdie finish.

"It's nice to finish like that," Lee said.

"I wasn't really expecting like the severity of the winds and even the practice rounds last week it wasn't very windy.

"Once the wind hit me, I was like, oh, it was very tough.

"Then today, I sort of expected like how much wind there was going to be and sort of adjusted a little bit better to the wind that we had.

"Perth is windy and I'm right near the Fremantle, so we always have the breeze coming in in the afternoon.

"I have played a lot in the wind."

Lee shares fourth with a bunch of players including New Zealand's former world No.1 Lydia Ko (71).

"I haven't really seen the forecast for tomorrow or the weekend but I'm sure it's going to be windy," Lee said.

"Just at this point in time, I think can't really think too far ahead.

"Just stay in the moment. Stay patient with the wind."

Lee's fellow West Australian Hannah Green is well in the mix, tied for 21st at five over after a second-round 72.

Katherine Kirk (77) is seven over and eight shots off the pace while Sarah Jane Smith (73) and Sydney teenager Stephanie Kyriacou (78), on her major championship debut, also made the cut.

Smith and Kyriacou are both nine over par, 10 strokes behind Holmqvist (70) who is the only player in red numbers entering the weekend.

Australian amateur Gabriela Ruffels missed the cut by a shot despite an impressive 73 on Friday.

Sarah Kemp, at 11 over, Su Oh (+13) and Whitney Hillier (+16) also missed the cut.