Japan's Hinako Shibuno took a three-shot lead at the US Women's Open ©Getty Images

Japan's Hinako Shibuno has taken a three-shot lead at the halfway point of the US Women's Open in Houston.

The 2019 Women's British Open champion is now on track to earn her second major title at the The Champions Golf Club in the American city. 

She shot a four-under-par round of 67, carding six birdies and just two bogeys in windy conditions, to finish the second day of competition seven-under-par. 

"Now I'm going to the US Tour and I'm playing a major in the United States, unlike when I was at the British Open, where I felt like I was starting from scratch," Shibuno said.

"Today my tee shots found the rough more often. 

"However, my second shots were pretty stable and able to par on to the greens. 

"So my golf today was pretty safe, stable condition. 

"At the same time, when it comes to the chance for a birdie, my putting was pretty good."

Shibuno leads Sweden's Linn Grant by three strokes.

First round leader Amy Olson and fellow Americans Megan Khang and Kaitlyn Papp are all a shot further back.

Players are using two separate courses to ensure the competition can be completed.

Action had been due to take place solely on the Cypress Creek course, but players such as Shibuno are also playing on the Jackrabbit course at the club.

The tournament continues tomorrow and is due to conclude on Sunday (December 13).