Sebonack Tougher on Third Round

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UPDATE: 7 p.m.

Faster greens and a stiff breeze made Sebonack harder for most of the field today. Inbee Park continues to dominate the field at 9-under par, a three stroke lead. Both Park and Shadoff are 1-under par for the day. Angela Stanford is the highest ranked American, at 1-under par with Paula Creamer two strokes back at 1-over par.

Amateur Lydia Ko is 8-over par for the tournament, 4-over for the day.

Crowds of spectators swelled considerably on Saturday under mostly sunny skies. Children under 17 are admitted free to the tournament with a ticket-holding adult.

UPDATE: 11:57 a.m.

The USGA provided an update on the course set-up for today. Green speeds were at approximately 11.9 on the Stimpmeter after a single cut and roll. No watering was done to the course last night, and the USGA noted that it got a hand from Mother Nature, as storms last night and early this morning dumped nearly half an inch of rain less than 10 miles to the east of Sebonack. The course is playing a bit longer today than it was yesterday, at 6,629 yards compared to 6,594 yards yesterday. The wind has died down a bit from yesterday, with the highest gusts around 20 miles per hour.

ORIGINAL STORY

The field in the 68th U.S. Women’s Open at Sebonack was cut to 68 players this morning, with the cut line at 6 over par. Heavy fog caused suspension of play late on Friday, leaving several players out on the course. They finished their rounds this morning, the cut was officially made, and the third round began today with groups going off at both the first and 10th holes at 10:39 a.m. The approximate last tee time of the day is scheduled for 12:40 p.m.

South Korean Inbee Park, who has won the last two major championships in women’s golf, held a commanding lead at the start of the day at 9 under par, followed by fellow South Korean I.K. Kim at 7 under par. Jodi Ewart Shadoff of England sat in third place at 5 under par, followed by three Americans—Lizette Salas (4 under), and Angela Stanford and Jessica Korda (both 3 under). South Korea So Yeon Ryu (2 under), Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist (2 under), France’s Karine Icher (2 under), South Korea Ha Neul Kim (1 under), and Sweden’s Caroline Hedwall (1 under) were all near the top of the leaderboard, while six players sat at even par, including Americans Cristie Kerr, Lindy Duncan, Lexi Thompson and Brittany Lincicome.

The two players with the strongest local followings, amateurs Annie Park and Lydia Ko, had mixed results yesterday. Park, a native of Levittown who had Sebonack caddy Joe Carson on her bag, failed to make the cut. Ko, a 15-year-old from New Zealand with Sebonack pro Louis de Kerillis on her bag, made the cut but sat at 4 over par to start the day. (See separate articles on both Park and Ko for more details).

Also of note, two players withdrew from the Open after yesterday’s fog suspension—Michelle Wie and Candie Kung. Both players were unable to complete their second rounds on Friday but were not in a good position to make the cut. The USGA listed Wie’s reason for withdrawal as illness, while their was no reason listed for Kung’s withdrawal. Wie started the tournament on Thursday with a quadruple bogey on her first hole (she teed off at the 10th).

Notable players who missed the cut include: Suzann Pettersen of Norway, ranked third in the world; Yani Tseng of Chinese Taipai, ranked seventh in the world; Jiyai Shin of South Korea, ranked ninth in the world; and veteran players Se Ri Pak, Birdie Kim, Irene Cho and Juli Inkster. Inkster turned 53 on Monday and was playing in her 34th U.S. Women’s Open, a world record.

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