The 2012 U.S. Women's Open is shaping up to be one of the most memorable in recent history.
With a wide variety of talented young players and veterans from all over the world on top of the leaderboard heading into the weekend, it's sure to be extremely competitive over the final two days on a challenging Blackwolf Run golf course that's only going to get tougher as the end draws nearer.
Norway's Suzann Pettersen, one of the most popular players on the LPGA Tour and ranked No. 6 in the world, is in the lead after two rounds at five-under-par. She is followed closely by two American players, Michelle Wie and Cristie Kerr, who are both just one shot back. Then, three players are at three-under-par—America's Vicky Hurst, Korea's Inbee Park and Sandra Gal from Germany.
There are a total of 12 players under par, and anyone within 10 shots of the lead still has a legitimate chance to win. On a golf course that should be firm and fast with difficult pin placements for the final 36 holes, it's quite possible that scores at the top of the leaderboard will not get much lower than they are right now, so anyone who can fashion a stellar performance on "moving day" might find themselves in the hunt on Sunday.
Here are five storylines heading into the weekend at the 2012 U.S. Women's Open.