How it Happened: Park takes Open lead before fog

Inbee Park during the second round of the 2013 U.S. Women's Open at Sebonack in Southampton, N.Y.

Thursday, it was time to go low in Southampton, N.Y. – although relatively few players managed to break par during the first round of the U.S. Women's Open, Ha-Neul Kim and Inbee Park did exactly that to lead the way.

Friday morning, the lead changed hands from one Kim to another as I.K. Kim shot 69 to move to 7 under and take the top spot on the leaderboard. She's being chased by Park, among others, in the afternoon rounds.

Some of the sport's biggest names, however, had a mundane start – or worse – to the season's third major. Cristie Kerr is even par and Paula Creamer is 1 over after two rounds. Stacy Lewis opened with a 1-under 71 and Karrie Webb opened with a 1-over 73 as both look to move into contention during their Friday-afternoon rounds, while Suzann Pettersen is on the outside of the projected cut line, looking in.

We'll keep you posted on the top highlights of the day on Long Island – and scroll down to take a look at our extensive preview coverage from Sebonack:

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Update No. 42: 7:18 p.m. EDT

Inbee Park finishes up her round in the Long Island fog with another birdie as she moves to 9 under and will carry a two-shot lead into the third round Saturday. The USGA quoted Park as saying that the fog was a bit of an impairment, but not enough to cause her problems on the final hole.

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Update No. 41: 7:07 p.m. EDT

Play has been suspended for the remainder of the day, the USGA says, because of fog that has accumulated during the day.

Leader Inbee Park and the rest of the field will finish the second round tomorrow morning at a time yet to be determined. Via social-media, the USGA said on its Twitter account @usopengolf: "Due to fog, Round 2 of the #uswomensopen has been suspended for the day. More to come on when play will resume Saturday."

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Update No. 40: 6:47 p.m. EDT

Lydia Ko has hit a rough stretch, with a triple bogey and two bogeys in her last four holes. A birdie in that stretch has limited some of the damage, but she falls from even to 4 over with three to play – and is just two shots inside the projected cut line.

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Update No. 39: 6:34 p.m. EDT

Caroline Hedwall birdies No. 12 and follows with a par to get back to T-7 at 2 under; she's 2 over today.

Leader Inbee Park pars Nos. 16-17 to remain a shot ahead of I.K. Kim.

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Update No. 38: 6:19 p.m. EDT

Lexi Thompson is quietly making a move toward contention, with three birdies in her last six holes getting her to T-17 at 1 over; she's 2 under for the day after a 75 yesterday.

Jodi Ewart Shadoff bogeys No. 14 to drop to 4 under.

Soo Yin Jang bogeys No. 12 to return to even par, which is most notable because it leaves just 11 golfers under par for the tournament with all the afternoon groups having reached the back nine.

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Update No. 37: 6:06 p.m. EDT

Inbee Park birdies the par-5 15th to take the lead outright for the first time today, moving a stroke ahead of I.K. Kim. Park has birdied all three par 5s so far today at Sebonack, the 18th remaining ahead of her.

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Update No. 36: 5:51 p.m. EDT

Co-leader Inbee Park pars No. 14 to remain 7 under, alongside I.K. Kim atop the leaderboard.

Suzann Pettersen bogeys the par-3 12th hole and the par-4 14th, which drops her to 10 over, four shots outside the projected cut line with six holes to play. Pettersen is third in the Rolex Rankings. Jennifer Johnson, Se Ri Pak and Alison Walshe are among the other golfers still on teh course and needing to improve if they are to avoid a missed cut, those three standing at 9 over; Belen Mozo is 10 over and Michelle Wie 11 over.

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Update No. 35: 5:39 p.m. EDT

Jodi Ewart Shadoff birdies No. 12, her second in three holes, to rise to third at 5 under, two back of co-leaders I.K. Kim and Inbee Park. Ewart, who's 3 under today, had a solid showing at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the season's first major.

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Update No. 34: 5:27 p.m. EDT

Inbee Park ties for the lead for the first time today, as a birdie at the par-5 No. 13 hole moves her to 7 under alongside I.K. Kim. Park played Nos. 14-18 in 1 under yesterday, so we'll see if the winner of 2013's first two majors can claim the outright lead going into the weekend.

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Update No. 33: 5:11 p.m. EDT

Let's take a look at the amateurs who are leading the way among this week's unpaid competitors: Leading the way is 15-year-old Lydia Ko, at even par through 9 holes today after opening with a 72. Three shots back are Brooke Mackenzie Henderson, who shot 76 today to slip to 3 over, and Doris Chen, who's 1 over through 13. Another shot back is Oklahoma State commit Casie Cathrea, who followed her opening 75 with a 73 today. Behind her are three golfers on the course at 6 over: Yueer Feng, Kyung Kim and Nelly Korda.

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Update No. 32: 5:05 p.m. EDT

Still bogey-free, Jodi Ewart Shadoff breaks a string of seven straight pars with a birdie at No. 10 to move to 4 under and T-3 alongside Lizette Salas. Ewart is 2 under today, as was her opening round of 70.

At No. 12, Inbee Park cards her fourth straight par to remain 6 under and one back of the lead.

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Update No. 31: 4:52 p.m. EDT

A birdie at No. 15 pushes Caroline Masson to 3 under, T-4 alongside Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Jessica Korda and Angela Stanford, and Masson follows with a par at No. 16.

Inbee Park has settled in with three straight birdies and remains 6 under, one back of leader I.K. Kim with seven to play.

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Update No. 30: 4:40 p.m. EDT

The projected cut has been updated to 6 over, which changes the picture for several notable golfers. It would leave out Yani Tseng and Juli Inkster, both at 7 over after 36 holes, as well as Beatriz Recari, 8 over after 36. Still on the course and looking to get inside that cut line are Danielle Kang, 7 over with 10 to play, and World No. 3 Suzann Pettersen, 8 over with eight to play.

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Update No. 29: 4:25 p.m. EDT

A few notables on the course and needing to improve to make it to the weekend: Se Ri Pak, 9 over with 12 to play; Alison Walshe, 9 over with 10 to play; and Michelle Wie, 10 over with nine to play.

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Update No. 28: 4:04 p.m. EDT

Again following a bogey with a birdie, Inbee Park returns to 6 under with a four at the par-5 8th. Her last four holes have gone bogey-birdie-bogey-birdie.

Jodi Ewart Shadoff has run off five straight pars, on the other hand, remaining 3 under since a birdie at the second.

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Update No. 27: 3:51 p.m. EDT

Inbee Park's second bogey of the day, at no. 7, drops her to 5 under again, two back of leader I.K. Kim. Park is alone in second as Caroline Hedwall has dropped to 2 under with a triple bogey at No. 4.

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Update No. 26: 3:34 p.m. EDT

Let's look at the top 10 golfers in the Rolex Rankings and their rounds today:

  • Inbee Park: Second place, 6 under through 24 holes
  • Stacy Lewis: T-19, even par through 24
  • Suzann Pettersen: T-79, 6 over through 24
  • Na Yeon Choi: T-28, 1 over through 22
  • So Yeon Ryu: T-8, 2 under after shooting 69 today
  • Shanshan Feng: T-36, 2 over after 75 today
  • Yani Tseng: T-87, 7 over after 75 today
  • Karrie Webb: T-36, 2 over through 23
  • Jiyai Shin: T-117, 10 over after 78 today
  • Ai Miyazato: T-54, 4 over through 23

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Update No. 25: 3:21 p.m. EDT

Recovering immediately, Inbee Park birdies the par-4 6th hole to return to 6 under and stand alone in second.

Jane Park is 2 under through four holes after a birdie at No. 13, moving her to T-13 at 1 under.

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Update No. 24: 3:03 p.m. EDT

Inbee Park bogeys No. 5 to fall into a tie for second with Caroline Hedwall, two back of leader I.K. Kim. It's just Park's second bogey of the tournament.

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Update No. 24: 2:55 p.m. EDT

Inbee Park has parred three straight to remain alone in second at 6 under, one back of leader I.K. Kim.

Jodi Ewart Shadoff birdies No. 2 to move to 3 under and T-5.

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Update No. 23: 2:44 p.m. EDT

Also starting her day with a birdie is Caroline Hedwall, who moves to 5 under and stands alone in third.

Natalie Gulbis opens with a bogey to slide to 1 under.

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Update No. 22: 2:35 p.m. EDT

Caroline Masson starts her day with a birdie at No. 10 to move to T-7 at 2 under.

Defending champ Na Yeon Choi starts with a bogey at No. 10 to slip to T-18 at even par for the tournament.

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Update No. 21: 2:24 p.m. EDT

Inbee Park pars the second to remain 6 under, one back of leader I.K. Kim.

First-round leader Ha-Neul Kim bogeys the par-3 17th, dropping again to 1 under as she is 5 over today with one to play.

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Update No. 20: 2:11 p.m. EDT

Just six rounds have been completed under par so far: Four belong to leader I.K. Kim, Jessica Korda, So Yeon Ryu and Angela Stanford, as mentioned earlier.

Also in the red numbers: Brittany Lang fired off a 3-under 69 that ended with a birdie at No. 9 and moved her to T-30 at 1 over.

And Beatriz Recari posted a 1-under 71, with a late birdie at No. 15 that could prove critical for her. The round gets her to T-106 and 8 over for the tournament – and just safely inside the early projected cut line on that score, though that figure is likely to shift along with the Long Island winds this afternoon.

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Update No. 19: 2:02 p.m. EDT

Jessica Korda birdies the 18th to finish with a 1-under 71 that moves her to 3 under and T-5 alongside Angela Stanford as she heads to the clubhouse. Korda's round included two bogeys, both on the front, and three birdies, all on the back.

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Update No. 18: 1:55 p.m. EDT

Leader I.K. Kim ends the day at 7 under for the two rounds, a par at No. 9 giving her a second round of 69 with five birdies and two bogeys.

Inbee Park, who won the season's first two majors, starts her day with a birdie at No. 1 to pull within a shot of Kim.

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Update No. 17: 1:48 p.m. EDT

So Yeon Ryu, the highest-ranked golfer in the morning groups, birdies the last for a 3-under 69 that has her heading to the clubhouse T-6 at 2 under with eight others on that mark.

First-round leader Ha-Neul Kim gets a stroke back with a birdie at No. 15; she's 4 over today with three to play, 2 under for the week.

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Update No. 16: 1:39 p.m. EDT

Perhaps Angela Stanford's 68 has given the leader something to shoot for, or perhaps the start of second-place Inbee Park's round has gotten her competitive fires stoked. Either way, I.K. Kim birdies No. 8 to get to 3 under through 17 holes; at 7 under overall, her lead grows to two shots.

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Update No. 15: 1:33 p.m. EDT

Angela Stanford has the low round of the day – one that could well stand up for the rest of the round – with a 68 that moves her to 3 under and fifth place. Stanford carded back-to-back birdies three times Friday: Nos. 1-2 to start the day, Nos. 10-11 after making the turn and Nos. 14-15. Her only blemishes were bogeys at Nos. 5-6.

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Update No. 14: 1:25 p.m. EDT

I.K. Kim moves back out front with a birdie at the par-3 7th, and at 6 under leads Inbee Park by a shot with two holes to play.

Lizette Salas is in the clubhouse at 4 under through two rounds, signing for an even-par 72 today.

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Update No. 13: 1:12 p.m. EDT

Sebonack's front nine is doing more of the damage, playing nearly 2-1/2 strokes above its par-35 layout. The back is no slouch either, playing just less than 2 strokes above its par-37 layout. The toughest hole so far is No. 16, playing half a stroke above par, yet no hole on the front is playing below par.

Co-leader I.K. Kim is 1 under for the day with three birdies and two bogeys. We'll see how Inbee Park manages the course and the conditions when she begins play in about 15 minutes.

First-round leader Ha-Neul Kim has fallen to 1 under, via a double-bogey at the par-3 No. 12 hole.

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Update No. 12: 1:01 p.m. EDT

Need evidence that Sebonack is fighting back today, thanks to higher winds? Twelve rounds already have been carded in the 80s.

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Update No. 11: 12:56 p.m. EDT

I.K. Kim bogeys No. 5 to fall back into a share of the lead with Inbee Park at 5 under.

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Update No. 10: 12:27 p.m. EDT

Angela Stanford has found a groove since making the turn, a birdie at No. 14 her third in five holes as she moves to T-6 at 3 under.

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Update No. 9: 12:12 p.m. EDT

Just five golfers on the course are under par for the tournament: Leader I.K. Kim (6 under), Lizette Salas (5 under), Ha-Neul Kim (3 under), So Yeon Ryu and Angela Stanford (both 1 under). I.K. Kim, Ryu, Stanford and Lang, along with Brittany Lang (2 over) have the low number of the day so far, all 2 under and on their back nine.

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Update No. 8: 11:58 a.m. EDT

I.K. Kim moves into the lead with a birdie at No. 2 that gets her to 6 under, a shot ahead of Inbee Park, who tees off in about 90 minutes, and Lizette Salas, who's 1 under through 13 holes today. Kim is 2 under through 11 today.

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Update No. 7: 11:49 a.m. EDT

Ha-Neul Kim, who led after the first round, bogeys No. 9 to slip to 3 under as she makes the turn. She's fifth, two shots back of co-leaders I.K. Kim, Inbee Park and Lizette Salas.

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Update No. 6: 11:31 a.m. EDT

Good info relayed from our Julie Williams, @GolfweekJules: "Sebonack set up about 50 yards longer than yesterday, greens running slightly faster (11.6). Got about 1/3 inch of rain here last night"

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Update No. 5: 11:25 a.m. EDT

I.K. Kim exacts some revenge on No. 18, where she bogeyed at the end of her round Thursday to fall a shot back of the lead – her birdie there this morning as she makes the turn lifts her back into a share of the lead at 5 under alongside Inbee Park and Lizette Salas.

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Update No. 4: 11:11 a.m. EDT

The top four players in the world don't tee off until the afternoon, so let's check in on those among the top 10 in the Rolex Rankings who are playing this morning:

  • So Yeon Ryu: T-6, 2 under through nine holes
  • Shanshan Feng: T-23, even par through eight
  • Yani Tseng: T-72, 4 over through eight
  • Jiyai Shin: T-87, 5 over through nine

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Update No. 3: 11:02 a.m. EDT

Co-leader Lizette Salas pars No. 10 to remain 5 under and tied for the lead with Inbee Park; Salas finished T-25 at the Kraft Nabisco Championship in the season's first major. Cristie Kerr birdies Nos. 8-9 to get to 1 under for the round and the week as she makes the turn.

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Update No. 2: 10:53 a.m. EDT

Ha-Neul Kim double-bogeys No. 6 and drops to 4 under. The lead passes back to Inbee Park, as well as Lizette Salas – who birdied Nos. 7-8 to get to 1 under through nine today, 5 under overall. I.K. Kim bogeys No. 17 to fall to 4 under; she's even through eight today.

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Update No. 1: 10:39 a.m. EDT

Leader Ha-Neul Kim is even par through five holes today, with a birdie at the first and a bogey at the third. Kim is still up by one over Inbee Park – as well as I.K. Kim, who is 1 under today through seven, having birdied No. 15.

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Early risers

So Yeon Ryu is 3 under through seven holes, the highest-ranked golfer in the morning groups atoning for a 1-over 73 in the first round.

Nicole Castrale is 2 under through eight to improve to 4 over.

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Slow starters

Among those in contention, Maude-Aimee LeBlanc is having the roughest go of things so far, 6 over through 10 holes today to fall to 3 over. Paz Echeverria is 5 over through 11 to fall to 2 over, while Anna Nordqvist is 4 over through six holes to fall back to even par overall.

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Weather conditions

Overnight rain is expected, with some showers possibly lasting into the morning, according to weather.com; temps should be in the 70s all day, with higher winds than Thursday and a chance of rain throughout the day.

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Thursday's coverage

Park exploits 'generous' Sebonack for 67, early lead

When Inbee Park stepped to Sebonack’s 10th tee early Thursday, she was greeted by a shockingly shortened U.S. Women’s Open setup. She took advantage.

How it Happened: Ha-Neul Kim takes first-round Open lead

Relatively few players managed to break par during the first round at Sebonack Golf Club, but Ha-Neul Kim and Inbee Park rose to the top of the leaderboard with low numbers.

Notes: Lewis likes role of chaser; Wie struggles; more

Stacy Lewis said she wouldn’t want to lead the U.S. Women’s Open after the first round. It’s too difficult, she said, to maintain that position for four days. But Michelle Wie would have liked to open with a round better than 80.

Backup plan on hold as Chile's Echeverria opens strong

“If you hit it good, you are in the right spot. You can use the slopes," said Paz Echeverria – playing in her first Women’s Open this week – after a 3-under 69 Thursday.

• Henderson, 15, excited to be at her first U.S. Women's Open

Brooke Mackenzie Henderson is the kind of fresh air fans love about our national Open. She’s 15 years old, with dimples in her cheeks and excitement in her eyes. She’s serious about her first U.S. Women’s Open, but not serious enough to act like she owns the place.

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Preview coverage

Creamer, Park headline U.S. Women's Open predictions

Our dynamic tandem of Beth Ann Baldry and Julie Williams have been on the ground at Sebonack all week and thought they'd offer up their U.S. Women's Open predictions.

Hole by Hole: Sebonack Golf Club doesn't look its age

It’s Sebonack’s time to shine – a rare collaborative product of two of golf’s most iconoclastic designers, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Doak. Here's a hole-by-hole preview of the host of the 2013 U.S. Women's Open.

Park's off-the-course happiness leads to on-course dominance

It’s difficult to get to know Inbee Park. Not because she’s unpleasant but simply because she’s not one to divulge much information without significant prodding. Even with her exceptional run this last year, she’s still somewhat of an unknown.

Karinn Dickinson takes unique route to U.S. Women's Open

Karinn Dickinson could have turned pro long ago, but the former University of Washington star chose to stay amateur to "grind on the game" and she feels more prepared for her pro future as a result.

USWO: Juli Inkster does some late work at Sebonack

After her participation in an early-week charity event in Rhode Island, Juli Inkster, 53, needed Wednesday's practice round, not for the repetition but because she was one of three players to land at Sebonack Golf Club mid-week.

Notes: Humble Lydia Ko sets eyes on a major record

With three professional titles under her belt, Lydia Ko now sets her sights on becoming the youngest player to ever win an LPGA major.

Park, Chen lead large USC contingent at U.S. Women's Open

Local favorite and NCAA champ Annie Park and USC teammate Doris Chen will try to remember their collegiate successes as they take on Sebonack at the U.S. Women's Open.

Baldry: Lewis is the everywoman of the U.S. Women's Open

Stacy Lewis still drives the same Lexus IS that she bought after a third in the 2008 U.S. Women's Open. Five years and plenty of success later, Lewis hasn't changed her economical ways.

Choi, seeking title defense, walks like a champion at Sebonack

Defending U.S. Women's Open champion Na Yeon Choi says she will carry herself with good posture and confidence at Sebonack, taking the small signs of progress all season into this week's major championship.

Ariya Jutanugarn (shoulder) WDs from U.S. Women's Open

Ariya Jutanugarn never even made it to New York. Two days before the start of the U.S. Women’s Open, the 17-year-old remains on the West Coast with a sore shoulder, unable to make her first Women’s Open start as a professional.

Notes: Karrie Webb talks Sebonack; preparations differ; more

Karrie Webb, a two-time USWO champion, said the Jack Nicklaus-Tom Doak design didn’t favor one person. For those hitting it well, Webb said, there’s “a bit of freedom off the tee.”

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