Severe winds stopped play during the second round of the British Women's Open at Royal Liverpool Golf Club on Friday (local time).

New Zealand teenager Lydia Ko was two shots from the lead after the first round after shooting an even-par 72 to be in a tie for 12th, two shots behind the joint leaders, Haeji Kang and So Yeon Ryu of South Korea.

The organising committee said the second round would be played on Saturday and the cut would be reduced from 65 plus ties to 50 plus ties, including amateurs.

Rounds three and four will be played on Sunday, with no redraw after round three.

Play was stopped during the second round when wind gusts caused balls to move on several greens.

NZ Newswire