Fog Halts Day Two Early At Sebonack

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UPDATE 8:10 pm

The second round of the U.S. Open will resume at 7 a.m. Saturday morning. About 15 groups have yet to finish their second rounds. After the cut is made the third round will begin about 10:30 a.m, with the last groups teeing off at 12:40 p.m.

UPDATE 7:10 PM

Play at the U.S. Women’s Open was suspended because of dense fog shortly before 7 p.m. on Friday night with several groups still on the course. Fog had been getting steadily thicker throughout the afternoon as light started to fade it became too difficult for players to see down range.

Just before play was called off the worlds top player Inbee Park seized the lead with birdies at the 14th and 18th holes. She finished 4-under par for the day and sits at 9-under par, two strokes ahead of fellow South Korean golfer I.K. Kim.

The increasingly strong and gusty winds didn’t seem to effect Park’s play as she headed for home but others dropped quickly off the leaderboard and the field of players below par shrank considerably. Just seven players are within seven strokes of the lead.

Amateur Lydia Ko struggled through an up and down back nine but is 3-over par with two holes to play in her second round. The cut is still projected to be 6-over par.

Play will resume for the 15 groups still to finish their second round tomorrow morning, before the cut can be made.

UPDATE 5:15 PM

Stiff winds have muted the scoring at Sebonack on Friday afternoon but world No. 1 Inbee Park has managed to hold onto the 1-under par she posted on the front nine. She is 7-under for the tournament, and tied with I.K. Kim, who posted a 3-under 69 today, for the lead.

American golfer Angela Sanford stormed up the leaderboard today with a 4-under 68, the best round of the day so far, putting her at 3-under and in fifth place. American womean Lizette Salas and Jessica Korda also remained in the top-5 and in the hunt for the championship as the weekend play begins.

The cut is projected to be at 6-over par right now, which would knock tour veteran Juli Inkster, world No. 3 Suzann Pettersen, Michelle Wie, Beatriz Recari of Spain and Long Island native Annie Park out of the tournament. Top amateur Lydia Ko, currently at even par, appears headed to the weekend, as do Americans Paula Creamer, Stacy Lewis, Morgan Pressel, Lexi Thompson, and Christie Kerr.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Second round action was under way at the 68th U.S. Women’s Open at Sebonack on Friday morning. As of 11 a.m., American Lizette Salas, South Korean I.K. Kim and South Korean Inbee Park were tied for first at 5 under. Salas teed off at 7:51 a.m. at the first hole and was 1 under for the day through 10 holes of play. Kim teed off at 8:13 a.m. at the 10th hole and was 1 under for the day through nine holes of play. Park won’t tee off until 1:25 p.m.

Two players were tied for fourth at 4 under, including Caroline Hedwall of Sweden, who had yet to tee off, as well as Ha Neul Kim of South Korea, who was plus-2 on the day through seven holes of play.

Conditions were favorable yesterday for the players, with the greens playing relatively slow and the tees set generously forward. In the USGA’s notes for course prep today, the greens measured 11.6 to start Friday morning after a single cut and roll.

Wind was a factor, blowing from the south and southwest at 15 miles per hour with gusts up to 30 miles per hour at times. A chance for showers and a thunderstorm will be around for the rest of the day as well, and about a third of an inch of rain fell on the course last night.

The course was measuring 6,594 yards on Friday, as opposed to 6,548 on Thursday. With slightly longer yardage, faster greens and more wind, Friday should be more challenging than yesterday for players.

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