US Women's Open 2012: Day 2 Leaderboard, Highlights and More

Karla Villegas Gama@karlitsvFeatured ColumnistJuly 7, 2012

KOHLER, WI - JULY 04:  A flagstick is seen on the first green during a practice round prior to the start of the 2012 U.S. Women's Open at Blackwolf Run on July 4, 2012 in Kohler, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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The second round of the U.S. Women's Open is over and there were some surprises, comebacks and chokes. Everything is set for the weekend at Kohler, Wisconsin, and there's absolutely no way to miss the best golfers battling to hoist the trophy.


The Leaderboard

Suzann Pettersen leads at five-under, after posting a 68 and holds a one-stroke advantage over two players: Michelle Wie, who registered a six-under 66, and Cristie Kerr who managed to go one under par.

There are four more American golfers in the mix. Vicky Hurst shot two-under and sits fourth; Lisette Salas posted a 73 and Lexi Thompson had an even par for the day—they are both tied for seventh; finally, Nicole Castrale made it to the top 10 with a two-under 70.

Other golfers that managed to stay close to the leader are: Inbee Park and Sandra Gal are tied for fourth at three-under; Mika Miyazato and Na Yeon Choi share the 10th spot at one-under.


Going low

The best round of the day—and the tournament—belongs to Michelle Wie. The 22-year-old has been struggling this season between poor games—she ranks 146th in putting average and 149th in driving accuracy—and graduating from Stanford, the Hawaiian shot a six-under 66 as a result of seven birdies and one bogey.

Her result is also the third-lowest second-round score in U.S. Women's Open history:

It wasn't quite as hot, which is nice, and the pins are a little bit more in the center today than yesterday. But overall it's still a U. S. Open golf course.  You know, I played out of my butt today to shoot 6‑under," she said after her round via


Another WD!

Morgan Pressel withdrew today, just when she was through 14 holes. You must know that today Morgan had a 10 in the par-four 14th, which put her at a 17-over 89. Her scorecard looked like this before stepping out of the U.S. Women's Open.

This is the second straight tournament that she leaves before completing the regulation rounds. Pressel withdrew during the second day of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship due to a thumb injury.


Taking relief

Luckily for the LPGA, neither Tiger Woods nor Phil Mickelson made the cut at the Greenbrier Classic, so the U.S. Women's Open may have more attention than expected. This was the first time Woods played an event while the ladies battled in the third major championship of the schedule.


Family business?

Like Uncle Tiger, Cheyenne Woods didn't make the cut. The 21-year-old and Wake Forest graduate shot 75 and 78 for a nine-over 81. During Thursday and Friday, Woods hit 21 out of 28 fairways and only 19 greens out of a total of 36.


Who missed the cut?

Say goodbye to those at six-over or worse. Several top-players won't be around for the weekend. For instance, Catriona Matthew, Maria Hjorth, Natalie Gulbis, Juli Inkster and Pat Hurst.


Hot, hot, hot!

Someone should turn the fan on. A heat stroke once again at Kohler, although it wasn't as hot as yesterday. Players, caddies and supporters tried to find some shade under trees and umbrellas.

According to The Weather Channel, the excessive heat warning remains in effect until tomorrow. This means that temperature can go from upper 90s to 105 degrees, while heat index values will range from 97 and 105 degrees.


Round 3 notable pairings

Time (CDT) Players
9:30 a.m. Paula Creamer & Azahara Muñoz 
11:30 a.m. Lexi Thompson & Il Hee Lee
11:40 a.m. Nicole Castrale & Na Yeon Choi 
12:10 p.m. Cristie Kerr & Sandra Gal
12:20 p.m. Michelle Wie & Suzann Pettersen 


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