Chun In-gee holds a one-shot lead at the halfway stage at Muirfield ©Getty Images

South Korea’s Chun In-gee leads by one shot at the halfway point at the Women’s Open golf after shooting a five-under-par 66 on the second day of action.

The three-time major champion made two birdies and one bogey on her front nine before rolling in four birdies on her back nine to march to the top of the leaderboard at Muirfield.

The South Korean said a bet with caddie Dean Herden over whether she could go bogey-free for the opening two days had helped her reach eight under - one shot clear of the field.

"Before I started the tournament, my caddie Dean and I spoke about the course and after that, we had a little bit of a bet," said Chun.

"If I make the bogey-free round, he said he's going to buy dinner and pay me like $100 (£82/€98) for each day if I can make it.

"So, before I start the round, I always set another goal to make a bogey-free round.

"I think that mindset helped a lot on the course.

"But I hit two bogeys over the last two days. I want to keep trying to make a bogey-free round over the next two days."

Sagström and South Africa’s Ashleigh Buhai sit one shot back in a tie for second place on seven-under-par.

"I’m super chuffed with how I played today," said Buhai.

"I stayed very patient.

"I stuck with my steps and my processes, which is my goal this week, just to do those well and hopefully the outcome takes care of itself.

"I've been doing that pretty well the last few weeks and obviously I’m disappointed to end with a bogey.

"On 18, I hit it in the fairway and the divot was softer than I thought, so a little unlucky but I would have taken today's score at the beginning of the day for sure.

"I do love playing links golf.

"This is my favourite tournament of the year.

"I look forward to it, and I love links golf and the creativity that you have to have."

South Korea’s Park In-bee sits in fourth place on six-under following a four-under 67 with Japan’s Miyuu Yamashita and Australia’s Hannah Green one shot further back in tied fifth.

Competition is due to continue tomorrow.