So let's see, Inbee Park has won two majors this season already – one in convincing fashion, another in a playoff – and carries a four-shot lead into Sunday's final round of the U.S. Women's Open. Chalk up another one for the aforementioned convincing fashion.
By the time Park made her first bogey of the final round at Sebonack Golf Club – two back-to-back, in fact – she had expanded her lead to six shots. From there it was smooth sailing in the Hamptons en route to victory at 8 under par. And so it goes with the South Korean, any way you cut it: While Park isn't perfect, she's the World No. 1 for a reason.
I.K. Kim finished second and So Yeon Ryu third, the only other players under par.
In the battle for low amateur, Casie Cathrea fired the low number of the day, a 2-under 70, to pull away from Doris Chen and Lydia Ko.
Recap the highlights right here – and scroll down for our previous coverage of the Women's Open.
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Update No. 28: 5:41 p.m. EDT
With no worries or pressure, Inbee Park reaches the par-5 18th's green ...
Inbee Park’s historic win at Sebonack Golf Club brings up an interesting question: What is a Grand Slam?
What once seemed so obvious to golf fans now comes with a twist. Park’s four-stroke victory at the 68th U.S. Women’s Open on Sunday makes her only the second woman in LPGA history to win the first three consecutive majors. Babe Zaharias accomplished the feat in 1950.
When Park heads to the Old Course in St. Andrews for the Ricoh Women’s British Open on Aug. 1-4, she will be vying for her fourth consecutive major. Any other year in the modern era, that would mean she’s on the verge of winning the elusive Grand Slam.
This year, however, there are five major championships up for grabs, and according to golf historian Martin Davis, that means she needs to win all five to, by definition, win the Grand Slam.
The term "grand slam" originates from bridge, a card game in which players win tricks. When someone clears the table, they earn 13 tricks, or a "grand slam." Bridge was quite popular around the time Bobby Jones won the four biggest tournaments of his era in 1930, prompting ...
When multiple shots separate a player from her closest pursuer entering the weekend at a major championship, complacency can become an issue. At some point, the image of Inbee Park running away from an LPGA field, major or otherwise, begins to feel like deja vu.
It’s possible crowds and scribes have already hit that point. That Park doubled her lead on I.K. Kim over the course of a windy Saturday at Sebonack suggests she hasn’t. There was the streak of three bogeys at the beginning of the back nine, but they were followed by the improbable 30-foot birdie putt that floated over the top tier on No. 14 green – then dove into the edge of the hole at the last minute. There was the approach shot that trickled up against the lip of a greenside bunker at No. 18, but from there, Park got up and down for birdie.
By day’s end, Park, with her 71, was the only player to sign for a round under par. At 10 under for the tournament, she is four shots ahead of I.K. Kim. Jodi Ewart Shadoff is within seven shots, but the leaderboard drops off after that ...
Jessica Korda parted ways with her caddie after the ninth hole of the U.S. Women’s Open and promptly told her boyfriend to grab the bag. Korda shot 40 on the front nine with Jason Gilroyed, her caddie of one year, and was 1 under on the back nine with her boyfriend of 18 months, Johnny DelPrete.
“Had a couple of disagreements here and there, and I wasn't in the right state of mind,” said Korda. “I just was more consumed on what was going on just not my way. And I knew I needed to switch and just have a little bit more fun out there.”
Gilroyed has been caddying on the LPGA since 1996. Former bosses include Rosie Jones, I.K. Kim and two stints with Cristie Kerr. Gilroyed said the relationship had been deteriorating in recent weeks.
“It’s a shame it had to go down on the ninth hole,” he said by phone.
Korda, 20, came into the third round at Sebonack Golf Club trailing leader Inbee Park by six. She two-putted the par-5 18th for birdie to shoot 4-over 76 Saturday and stands tied for sixth.
Prior to Gilroyed, Korda had Annika Sorenstam ...
Lizette Salas was standing in front of the clubhouse talking to her parents when two young kids came up for an autograph.
“You did a great job today,” the little girl said to a teary-eyed Salas.
Salas kindly signed for her small fans and smiled wide. They were obviously unaware of the painful 10-over 82 Salas shot in Round 3 that put her out of the tournament.
“I have no idea what happened,” said Salas, who played in the penultimate group. “I tried to stay patient; I tried to stay calm. I kept thinking to myself, ‘When is this nightmare going to end?’ ”
Salas hit only 10 greens in the third round and had 35 putts. She didn’t spray the ball – just hit it in all the wrong spots. It also didn’t help that her group was put on the clock on No. 9.
“You would think I would learn after the last year, what happened at the Open and the Kraft,” she said.
The former USC player played in the last group on Sunday at the 2013 Kraft and shot 79, tumbling into a tie for 25th. At last year’s Women’s Open at Blackwolf Run ...
As she chases the third leg of a grand slam, Inbee Park will play for the second day in a row alongside second-place I.K. Kim in the U.S. Women's Open.
The two will tee off at 1:25 p.m. EDT at Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y. Jodi Ewart Shadoff will start the day in third place in the group ahead, paired with So Yeon Ryu.
Other groups to watch include Jessica Korda, who fired her caddie midway through Saturday's third round, alongside Ai Miyazato; Doris Chen and Casie Cathrea in the only all-amateur pairing; former Open champ Paula Creamer alongside Angela Stanford, a five-time LPGA winner who seeks her first victory in a major; and World No. 2 Stacy Lewis alongside Morgan Pressel.
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Complete tee times and pairings for the final round of the U.S. Women's Open at Sebonack Golf Club:
7:22 a.m.: Eun-Hee Ji, Jackie Barenborg Stoelting
7:33 a.m.: Austin Ernst, Carlota Ciganda
7:44 a.m.: Cynthia Lacrosse, a-Brooke Mackenzie Henderson
7:55 a.m.: a-Nelly Korda, Danah Bordner
8:06 a.m.: Caroline Westrup, a-Yueer Feng
8:17 a.m.: Amy Meier, Meena Lee ...
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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Update No. 34 ...
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.
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- PHOTOS: Gallery of images from Sebonack.
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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 ...