5 Things: Park leads USWO, Kims trade places
Saturday, June 29, 2013
The 2013 U.S. Women's Open on Friday turned into somewhat of a case of the haves and have-nots at Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y.
While Inbee Park and I.K. Kim can boast low scores at 68 and 69 respectively, just eight golfers completed two rounds with a score under par.
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See what's been happening during the first two rounds of the U.S. Women's Open at Sebonack in Southampton, N.Y.
And past achievements meant little in some cases, with the cut line on the wrong side of several big names as the round was halted.
Play is scheduled to resume at 7 a.m. EDT, the USGA said, with the third round expected to start about 10:30 a.m. EDT, the LPGA said.
Here are 5 Things to Know about Friday's second round at the U.S. Women's Open:
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1. INBEE IN CONTROL: Having led most of Thursday until a late surge by Ha-Neul Kim bumped her to second for the night, patience paid off a day later for Inbee Park as she earned the top spot going into the weekend.
The South Korean, who won the first two majors of the LPGA season in the Kraft Nabisco Championship and the Wegmans LPGA Championship, shot 68 to get to 9 under. Park is two ahead of second-place I.K. Kim and five ahead of Lizette Salas and Jodi Ewart Shadoff.
Park took advantage of the par 5s – birdieing all four of them Friday.
Her last birdie came at the par-5 18th, in fact, as the USGA was stopping play because of fog building up and limiting visibility.
"The fog made it a little harder to see on 18, but I still made a birdie, so I guess it didn't have much of an impact," the USGA quoted her as saying.
The standout performance on the par-5s was in contrast to Thursday's round, when just one of her birdies came on a par 5.
Park bogeyed twice during her round, both times on the front nine – and both times following with a birdie to recover the lost stroke.
At the midpoint of the LPGA season's five majors, consider the grand-slam pursuit officially on.
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2. KIM UP, KIM DOWN: While I.K. Kim maintained the consistent play that has kept her in the mix for the lead through two rounds of the Open, first-round leader Ha-Neul Kim slipped Friday.
I.K. Kim will play in the final group Saturday alongside leader Inbee Park, thanks in large part to the fact that she has had just one bogey on each of her nines so far.
Thursday's stretch of six birdies in seven holes certainly helped as well. But Friday she lacked such a stretch and fared just one stroke worse, scattering her birdies instead.
Ha-Neul Kim, on the other hand, saw a more dramatic shift in her play Friday morning. She followed her field-best 66 with a 77, her two birdies unable to cover for her three bogeys and two double bogeys.
The punishment isn't too bad: She stands T-9 with a handful of golfers yet to finish their second rounds.
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3. PETTERSEN PACKS UP: One more sign that Sebonack is playing tough: It sent the World No. 3 home halfway through the Open. Suzann Pettersen posted a rare missed cut, with rounds of 76-78.
Pettersen failed to earn a birdie Friday while carding six bogeys. And despite her long game off the tee, she played the par-5s in 1 over for the two rounds.
The Swede wasn't the only notable heading home before the weekend. World No. 9 Jiyai Shin also finished play at 10 over (76-78).
Michelle Wie ended the day at 11 over, having shot 80 in the first round and standing 3 over through 17 holes Friday. She posted on social media after her round via her Twitter account, @themichellewie: "There are no words to explain how disappointed I am in myself right now..."
Also, Se Ri Pak is 12 over with three to play and Alice Kim is 22 over (89-77).
The cut line, projected at 6 over, could also claim two more big names, both of whom stand T-74, unless a shift allows players at 7 over to qualify for the weekend rounds. Yani Tseng is one, having shot 76-75; Juli Inkster is another, having shot even par Thursday but 79 Friday.
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4. AMATEURS AMBLE ALONG: Six golfers are contending merely for low-amateur honors rather than a paycheck, a pair of 15-year-olds and a 14-year-old among them.
- Brooke Mackenzie Henderson: 3 over (71-76)
- Lydia Ko: 3 over (three holes to play)
- Casie Cathrea: 4 over (75-73)
- Doris Chen: 4 over (74-74)
- Yueng Feer: 5 over (72-77)
- Nelly Korda: 6 over (73-77)
Of the group, Ko has perhaps played the best – yet a triple bogey Friday, followed by two bogeys sandwiched around a birdie, created a four-hole stretch that proved quite a setback. Korda is on the cut line at T-65, awaiting any possible movement tomorrow morning to see if she indeed will play the weekend rounds.
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5. SHORT SHOTS: Of those who missed the cut, only four managed a round under par: Paz Echeverria, amateur Kyung Kim, Meena Lee and Beatriz Recari. . . . Just nine golfers completed rounds under par Friday, with four more in a holding pattern while under par and set to finish Saturday. . . . Putt for dough? Inbee Park is averaging 1.47 putts to lead the field. . . . I.K. Kim's standout iron play Thursday has her leading the field for greens in regulation at 83.3 percent, ahead of Jodi Ewart Shadoff's 81.8 percent. Inbee Park is T-14 in the stat at 72.2 percent. . . . Quipped Stacy Lewis after the round, via her Twitter account @Stacy_Lewis: "Good thing the 10 shot rule is not in effect, 22 people would have made the cut as of right now!"