Korda sisters make cut together at Sebonack
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SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. For all the dreariness that greeted the 41 players who arrived at Sebonack early Saturday morning to finish the fog-delayed second round of the U.S. Women's Open, much depended on those final few holes.
Most notably, Nicole Jeray, among the very last players to finish the second round, double bogeyed No. 17 then bogeyed No. 18, thus falling to 8 over for the tournament. Those final two holes cost Jeray another check in her “made cuts” column, but it helped move the cut from 5 over to 6 over, allowing nine extra players a spot in the final two rounds. Sixty-eight players advanced.
Among those players was Nelly Korda, the 14-year-old sister of LPGA player Jessica, 20. The elder is T-5 after 36 holes. Nelly Korda became the sixth and final amateur to make the cut. The Kordas are bunking in one big house this week on Long Island, but Jessica and Nelly were on opposite sides of the tee sheet for the first two rounds.
“I saw Nelly for a whole 15 minutes (Thursday) night before I had to go bed,” Jessica said Friday. “I bought her dinner and said, ‘Good luck tomorrow, I’ll see you some time.’ ”
The Kordas become the first set of sisters to make the cut at a U.S. Women’s Open since Annika and Charlotta Sorenstam in 2002.
Christina Kim also made the cut on the number, as did 2009 U.S. Women’s Amateur champion Eun-Hee Ji:
Among the notables who missed the cut:
• World No. 7 Yani Tseng produced uninspired rounds of 76-75 to miss the cut for the fourth time in eight Women’s Open starts.
• Juli Inkster, playing in a record 34th Women’s Open, eagled the par-5 18th in Round 1 but bogeyed it in Round 2 to miss the cut by one.
• Emily Tubert – Arkansas senior, former Curtis Cupper and 2010 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links champion – was on pace to make the cut after a first-round 74, but after following with a 78, came two shots short. Tubert had Arkansas coach Shauna Estes-Taylor on her bag, and played a practice round with former Razorback Stacy Lewis earlier this week.
• USC standouts Kyung Kim and Annie Park missed the cut, at 9 and 10 over, respectively. Kim began Round 2 within sight of the low-amateur race, but an uncharacteristic 82, which included three double bogeys, dropped her down the leaderboard. Park, the NCAA individual champion, never could get anything going at Sebonack.
After completion of the second round, third-round tee times began at 10:39 a.m. Players were grouped into threesomes and sent off Nos. 1 and 10.