Park, Kerr take Canadian Women's Open lead
EDMONTON, Alberta – World No. 1 Inbee Park and Cristie Kerr played alongside each other Thursday and Friday to open the Canadian Women's Open – and share the lead after two rounds.
Kerr's pair of 66s kept pace with Park's 67-65 opening, as both bogeyed at 18 with a chance to hold the lead outright. Kerr missed the fairway with her tee shot, only to have a portable-restroom door at Royal Mayfair slam shut as she hit from the rough.
"It's unfortunate I bogeyed the last hole today, but that's what happens when you hit an errant shot and have to chip out to a difficult pin," Kerr said. "I'm mad at myself for blocking my last tee shot, but I did so much good stuff in the last couple days. I mean, you can't do anything about a Porta-Potty door slamming in your back swing, and it was what it was.
". . . Yeah, it really, really scared me. Why don't they make Porta-Potties with the foam? I don't know."
Park took some time off since her disappointing showing at the Women's British Open, when she tried to win her fourth major of the year but finished well off the pace.
"I worked on a couple of things after that because I wasn't hitting it my best at the British Open," the South Korean said. "I'm obviously hitting it a lot better this week and putting a lot better."
Park also said she enjoyed her pairing with Kerr and perhaps benefitted from it.
"I think it's always good when you're playing with a partner while she's making a lot of birdies and it makes you want to have more birdies," she said. "It already felt like a final round, and trying to make more birdies and trying to get the momentum going."
Defending champion and first-round co-leader Lydia Ko slipped to T-5 at 6 under with a 69. The amateur got her second round to 1 under with back-to-back birdies at Nos. 13-14, but played the rest of the way at even par with bogeys at Nos. 3 and 5 and another pair of birdies at Nos. 6-7.
Angela Stanford, the other first-round co-leader, shot 68 Friday to slip to T-3 at 7 under alongside Karina Icher. Paula Creamer and Laura Davies are tied with Ko at 6 under after rounds of 68 and 66, respectively.
Solheim Cup wunderkind Charley Hull is among four golfers at 5 under.
Stacy Lewis withdrew from the tournament and apologized to fans, citing illness after her opening-round 74.
– The Associated Press contributed