Inbee Park is making a march towards history at 2013 U.S. Women’s Open Championship, as she sits at nine-under and holds a two-stroke lead over I.K. Kim.
If Park can maintain the lead, she will have won the first three majors of the year and will be in prime position to capture the in-season Grand Slam.
Park sits atop the leaderboard, as she just finished her round when play was cancelled due to fog. The Golf Channel's Kelly Tilghman tweeted her take on the fog:
Park and Kim have done an excellent job of taming the difficult Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, New York, and Kim holds a three-stroke advantage over the two golfers in third place.
Have a look at the leaderboard as it stands at the end of Day 2, and then I'll dig deeper into three of the top contenders.
U.S. Open Second Round Leaderboard (Full Leaderboard at USGA.org)
|T3||Jodi Ewart Shadoff||15||-4|
|T7||So Yeon Ryu||F||-2|
Checking in With the Contenders
Park is having a golf year for the ages. She has won five of her 12 starts this season, and most notably, that includes winning the year's previous two majors.
After firing a five-under in Round 1, Park began the day one off the lead. An up-and-down front side saw her card a one-under 34, and then she caught fire on the back as she picked up three birdies and no bogeys.
Park's slow and steady swing was nearly flawless as the day progressed, and there is nothing to suggest she can't maintain her current form.
While a lot can happen over two-plus rounds of golf, Park should be considered a strong favorite to add another major title to her resume.
Following up an opening-round 68, Kim kept her hot hand rolling by carding a second-round 69. Her two-day total of seven-under was good enough to have her walk off the course as the leader, but she was soon surpassed by Park.
It was important for Kim to follow up her strong opening round with another solid performance. As you probably remember, it was last year when Kim was in position to win her first major at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, but she missed a 14-inch putt on the 72nd hole.
Obviously, with the way Kim is playing, she can win this event. However, the question certainly looms if she can handle the pressure as we near the end of this major.
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
With three holes left in her second round, Jodi Ewart Shadoff will have a lot to think about until tomorrow. The 25-year-old is putting herself in position to make a run at a career-defining win.
Shadoff shot a solid two-under 70 in the opening round, and followed that up brilliantly on Friday. Through her 15 holes, Shadoff suffered just one bogey and sits at four-under for the tournament.
However, her bogey came on hole No. 14. While she bounced back with a par on the next hole, that is not exactly the best way to end her day after a fantastic round.
It will be interesting to see if she can get back to carding pars and birdies when she resumes on Saturday.