Friday, June 28, 2013

U.S. Women's Open Friday Afternoon: Who Can Keep Pace with In-Kyung Kim?

In-Kyung Kim leads the U.S. Women's Open at -7 after firing a 69 in today's morning wave.  But a lot of the other leaders from yesterday's afternoon wave tumbled down the leaderboard.  Who will keep pace with Kim in today's afternoon wave?  So far, Inbee Park continues to play great golf and is 1 back through 10, while Caroline Masson and Ai Miyazato have the low rounds of the wave thus far at -2 through 6 and 9, respectively.

[Update 1 (6/29/13, 8:18 am):  Well, Inbee Park had no trouble outdoing Kim by a single shot for the 2nd day in a row, despite missing a slew of make-able birdie putts on the back.  Jodi Ewart Shadoff (-5) and Lexi Thompson (E) kept pace with Kim, while Ai-sama (+2) came within a single shot of her.]

[Update 2 (8:21 am):  Not such a great Friday afternoon (and Saturday morning, for those who didn't finish before fog suspended play last night) for Caroline Hedwall (75, -1), Stacy Lewis (76, +3), Lydia Ko (76, +4), Na Yeon Choi (77, +4), or Jane Park (76, +5).  But at least they're playing on the weekend.]

[Update 3 (8:24 am):  Lots of huge names won't, the biggest from this wave Se Ri Pak, Suzann Pettersen, and Michelle Wie (WD) among them.  If the cut line stays at +5, Moira Dunn's morning 72 won't be enough to get her into the weekend.]

[Update 4 (9:09 am):  Yay, the cut line ended at +6.  68 golfers made it into the rest of the weekend.]

[Update 5 (9:13 am):  The 2nd round's scoring average was 76.624 and it's only supposed to get tougher for the last 2 rounds.]

[Update 6 (9:16 am):  Got a great, bunched, race for low amateur this year!]

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