US Women's Open 2011 Leaderboard: 5 Golfers Who'll Be in the Hunt on Final Day

Michael DixonAnalyst IIIJuly 9, 2011

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - JULY 08:  Rain falls delaying play during the second round of the 2011 U.S. Women's Open at The Broadmoor on July 8, 2011 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The second round of the 2011 US Women's Open has resumed at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.

Currently, Mika Miyazato is through 11 holes at six under (par) for the tournament, three shots clear of I.K. Kim who is in the clubhouse at three under (par) and four shots better Ai Miyazato (no relation) and Karrie Webb, who are halfway done with their second rounds.

While the first two rounds of a major championship aren't meaningless in any way, the scoreboard after two rounds generally doesn't look the same as it will at the end of a round.

So, now that the second round is finally going again, it's time to look forward to what we can expect from the rest of the tournament.

The more specific question is, who can we expect to see contending?

Mika Miyazato 

Who else would be first? Actually, Miyazato doesn't have a great history at the US Open in terms of contending.

Granted, it's a limited sample size, but a T57 and a missed cut would hardly suggest that she's a threat.

Well, someone forgot to tell her. Miyazato is currently at six under (par), five under for the second round. Her putter is on fire and if that continues, she is not going anywhere.

Also, while her US Open history isn't great, she's been solid at both majors in 2011, posting a T7 at the Kraft Nabisco Championship and a T8 at the LPGA Championship.

Karrie Webb

The 2000 and 2001 is a tremendously accomplished player, but she hasn't won a major since 2006. Still, even since then, Webb has found a way to be be a presence in major championships.

If Webb a reasonable contender through two rounds, she is a safe bet to be a contender for the rest of the tournament.

Paula Creamer

Creamer has been incredibly consistent throughout her short, yet illustrious career.

She's been in the top 20 in every US Open since 2004 and has only gotten better over time. These are her last three US Open results:

2008: T6

2009: T6

2010: Win

Would anyone really want to go against her?

If that's not enough for you, consider that she's already done with her second round. At even par, she's currently six off of the pace, but only one player who is more than a shot better than her has completed her round.

At the US Open, scores tend to come back, not the other way around.

Paula Creamer is looking to become the first back to back winner of the US Open since Karrie Webb in 2000 and 2001
Paula Creamer is looking to become the first back to back winner of the US Open since Karrie Webb in 2000 and 2001Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Creamer should absolutely be a contender and don't be at all surprised to see her win again.

I.K. Kim

 Kim is the one player more than a shot ahead of Creamer who is done with her second round. Again, that's not exactly a disadvantage at the US Open, although if Miyazato stays hot, it will be.

Kim is similar to Creamer in another regard, her US Open performances are trending in the right direction.

2008: T3


2010: 4

This isn't handicapping the winner by any means, it's trying to figure out what names will be around at the end of the tournament. Kim will almost certainly be around, and could well be the winner.

Stacy Lewis

 Lewis is currently at one under (par), as she followed up an opening round 68 with a less than stellar 73 in the second round.

Lewis has generally been good at the US Open, recording a top-15 performance in two of the last three, highlighted by her T3 in 2008.

She's also been successful at the majors this year, winning the Kraft Nabisco Championship and finishing T6 at the LPGA Championship.

These certainly aren't the only five players who will be in contention. It's very possible that the winner won't be from this group, although of Miyazato continues at this rate, that's not likely.


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