Inbee Park doesn't do a lot of talking, but her play Saturday attracted the lion's share of the commentary as she chases a women's grand slam at Sebonack.
Having won the first two majors of the season, Park took the second-round lead of the U.S. Women's Open on Friday with a 68 and followed up with a 71 Saturday – a drop in score, sure, but understandable as it was the only scorecard turned in under par during the third round.
She'll play in the day's last group alongside I.K. Kim again Sunday – Kim's 73 good enough to remain in second place.
Just three other golfers are under par for the tournament. Jodi Ewart Shadoff's 74 dropped her to third at 3 under, while World No. 5 So Yeon Ryu and Angela Stanford are T-4 at 1 under after a 73 and 74 respectively.
- Wie cites illness, withdraws before end of second round
- Complete tee times, groupings for third round at Sebonack
Recap the highlights of the day in Southampton, N.Y., right here – and scroll down to take a look at our extensive preview coverage from Sebonack:
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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 ...
Here are complete groupings and tee times for Saturday's third round of the U.S. Women's Open at Sebonack Golf Club, where leader Inbee Park and I.K. Kim will play in the final group.
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No. 1 tee, 10:39 a.m.: Stacy Lewis, Dewi Claire Schreefel, Azahara Muñoz
No. 10 tee, 10:39 a.m.: Danah Bordner, Sarah-Jane Smith, a-Casie Cathrea
No. 1 tee, 10:50 a.m.: Morgan Pressel, a-Brooke Mackenzie Henderson, Jennifer Rosales
No. 10 tee, 10:50 a.m.: Chella Choi, Pornanong Phatlum, Mo Martin
No. 1 tee, 11:01 a.m.: Mi Jung Hur, Karrie Webb, Ai Miyazato
No. 10 tee, 11:01 a.m.: Cynthia Lacrosse, a-Doris Chen, Na Yeon Choi
No. 1 tee, 11:12 a.m.: Mariajo Uribe, Shanshan Feng, Amy Yang
No. 10 tee, 11:12 a.m.: a-Lydia Ko, Carlota Ciganda, Natalie Gulbis
No. 1 tee, 11:23 a.m.: Maude-Aimee LeBlanc, Amy Meier, Ryann O’toole
No. 10 tee, 11:23 a.m.: Becky Morgan, Thidapa Suwannapura, Austin Ernst
No. 1 tee, 11:34 a.m.: Caroline Masson, Paula Creamer, Catriona Matthew
No. 10 tee, 11:34 a.m.: Mika Miyazato, Gerina Piller, Hee Kyung Seo
Michelle Wie did not return to Sebonack on a dreary Saturday morning to complete her second round at the U.S. Women’s Open.
Play was suspended late Friday evening because of fog, leaving Wie one hole to play. She withdrew before play resumed Saturday morning, citing illness.
Wie, whose first-round 80 included a quadruple-bogey on the 10th hole (her first), was 3 over through 17 holes on Friday. At 11 over for the tournament, she would not have made the cut.
This year marked the 10th Women’s Open start for Wie, 23. She also withdrew in 2007 and missed the cut in 2008 and 2010.
Candie Kung, who had three holes remaining in her second round, also has withdrawn. Kung was 11 over with three holes to play.
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.
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 ...
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.
- Notes: Kim leads by 1; Korda's family tags along; more
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When Inbee Park stepped to Sebonack’s 10th tee early Thursday, she was greeted by a shockingly shortened U.S. Women’s Open setup. The 10th, her first hole of the day, played 21 yards shorter than expected in Round 1, prompting Park later to use the word "generous" in describing the setup. It's an adjective that doesn’t often come into play at the national championship.
At the 10th, Park’s first hole of the day, she and caddie Brad Beecher adjusted to the new yardage. Park wedged to a foot, made birdie and the two moved on. By now Park is famous for her lack of emotion, but Beecher maintains a beginning birdie has more effect on Park than she may let on.
“If she ever birdies the first hole,” Beecher said after the round, “she feels it’s going to be a good day ahead.”
Perhaps more surprising than Park’s opening 67 on a steamy Long Island day was the gift the U.S. Golf Association gave the entire field. The course played about 300 yards shorter than the advertised 6,821 yards.
Park, the 24-year-old South Korean who won the season's first two ...
Paz Echeverria draws an imaginary box with her hands to describe how her mind works. Echeverria is a left-brain thinker, exceedingly practical for a 28-year-old and brutally honest.
Echeverria’s honesty was most apparent Thursday when, in response to a question about Sebonack, she shrugged her shoulders and pursed her lips.
“I’m not impressed about this course,” Echeverria said. “If you hit it good, you are in the right spot. You can use the slopes.”
It wasn’t a knock on the Women’s Open venue, but simply an observation. Echeverria is playing in her first Women’s Open this week and posted a 3-under 69 Thursday, good for a tie for seventh. The native Chilean, whose first name means “peace” in Spanish, is only the second of her countrywomen to find a place on the LPGA tour. Nicole Perrot, whose only career victory came in 2005 at the Longs Drugs Challenge, was the first. After spending the past two years on the Symetra Tour, Echeverria earned conditional status last December with a tie for 32nd at LPGA Q-School.
The timing for that next step couldn’t have been better, because with Echeverria’s practical nature comes the realization ...
The LPGA isn’t leaving the Rochester, N.Y., area, but it is ending a 37-year relationship with Locust Hill Country Club. Wegmans LPGA Championship tournament organizers signed a one-year contract with Monroe Golf Club, located in nearby Pittsford, the LPGA announced Thursday.
The tournament’s dates also will move to the week of Aug. 11 to accommodate changes in the tour’s schedule. With the U.S. Women’s Open scheduled for mid-June in 2014, LPGA commissioner Mike Whan wanted to create more space between the majors. The LPGA will play one major in each month from June through September next year.
“As this extraordinary major continues, the LPGA would like to extend a very sincere ‘thank you’ to Locust Hill Country Club, which served as a challenging venue, a fantastic host, and most importantly, a wonderful friend to our players, staff and fans,” Whan said.
Wegmans will enter its fifth year as title sponsor for the tournament, which generated rumblings of change a couple of weeks ago. Monroe will be the 16th course to host the LPGA Championship, dating to 1955.
Shortly after Rory Sabbatini withdrew from the AT&T National after 12 holes due to a back injury, Davis Love III ended his stay at Congressional prematurely.
Citing a hip injury, Love withdrew following an opening-round 12-over 83, which included 10 bogeys and a triple bogey. His one birdie came at his first hole of the day, the par-4 first hole.
Love missed much of the earlier part of this season following a two-level disk fusion to alleviate pain in his neck. He returned to action at the Players Championship, where he finished T-48. He had made the cut in three of his four starts since the surgery, too.
Karrie Webb walked off the ninth green flushed from the heat. The “feels-like” temperature Monday afternoon at Sebonack Golf Club was a steamy 94. Webb gave the thin crowds a pass, given the weather, but wondered how many would come out to watch the first U.S. Women’s Open held on Long Island once competition began.
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.”
As the winner of last month’s ShopRite LPGA Classic, Webb comes into the year’s third major feeling confident. She said when one part of her game goes awry, other parts have stepped up to offset the issue, allowing her to score. That can be part of the puzzle for winning a Women’s Open – managing mistakes.
• FRIENDLY FOES: Less than 24 hours after Inbee Park defeated good friend So Yeon Ryu in a playoff in Arkansas, the two were together again for a practice round at Sebonack. No hard feelings there, apparently. Both are past champions of this event.
• ZEN ZHANG: Joining Park and Ryu in that power foursome ...
U.S. Open champion Justin Rose will take a week to rest and prepare for the Open Championship rather than play in the AT&T National, according the latest field list distributed.
Rose's cancellation gets Brendon Todd into the tournament. The former Georgia Bulldog has made his last four Tour cuts.
It's not unusual for the winner of a major to skip the next week's event, but Rose played in the Travelers Championship last week after numerous media appearances and finished T-13. Multiple reports said Rose cited fatigue in pulling out. The week off can give Rose, an Englishman, time to get ready for the Open Championship at Muirfield on July 18-21.
Reigning Masters champ Adam Scott is among the stars who remain in the field, as well as Jason Day, Hunter Mahan and Brandt Snedeker. Tournament host Tiger Woods cited an elbow injury when he withdrew last week.
Todd finished T-17 at the HP Byron Nelson Championship and T-18 at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. D.J. Trahan is the next alternate.
– Senior writer David Dusek contributed
PGA Tour pro Ken Duke, in winning the Travelers Championship on Sunday in a playoff against Chris Stroud, earned his first Tour victory at age 44.
Such a career accomplishment naturally earned support from his colleagues far and wide across the Tour – praise that stretched into the next day. Here's a sample of social-media posts from Tour players' Twitter accounts:
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Brandt Snedeker, @BrandtSnedeker: "Congrats to @DukePGA aka"the godfather" for his first PGA tour win.. We all knew you could just glad you finally realized it old man!!"
William McGirt, @WilliamMcGirt: "@DukePGA congrats on your win @TravelersChamp! Well deserved for one of the best guys on Tour!"
Justin Rose, @JustinRose99: "@DukePGA congrats on the win bud! Really pleased for you."
John Senden, @JohnSendenGolf: "Congrats to ken duke winning @TravelersChamp . #masters! Very Natural 'old school' golf swing. Plays with freedom.!!!! …"
Bob Toski, @BobToski: "Hey Ken Duke @TravelersChamp - See you at the Masters."
Lee Westwood, @WestwoodLee: "Well done Ken Duke! Top ball striker."
Greg Norman, @SharkGregNorman: "@DukePGA Congrats on a well deserved and warranted victory. Use this one to go onto others. #attacklife and golf."
Bob Estes, @BobEstesPGA: "@DukePGA Great playin' Duke! Congrats to you & Bob Toski!!"
Steve Wheatcroft, @wheatiePGA: "@DukePGA ...
And now for something completely different.
When the world’s best women golfers tee it up this week at Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y., for the national championship, they’ll be playing on a decidedly retro new course that looks like it’s been there for a century.
Good thing Sebonack has that classic feel, because its immediately adjoining neighbors are a couple of legendary Long Island living museum pieces: Shinnecock Hills, home to U.S. Opens in 1896, 1986, 1995, 2004 and again in 2018; and National Golf Links of America, which was home to the inaugural Walker Cup in 1922 and gets that event again later this summer, Sept. 6-8.
This time, it’s Sebonack’s time to shine – and to debut on the international scene. It’s got an unusual pedigree, not only for its upscale location in the Hamptons but also thanks to its status as the collaborative product of two of golf’s most iconoclastic designers, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Doak. They combined their efforts on a sparkling, dunes-flecked site along Great Peconic Bay. Credit goes to owner/founder Michael Pascucci for his commitment to getting the two architects to work together. The ...