Juli Inkster maintained her three-shot lead at the Weetabix British Open with an even-par 72. No one was able to sustain a run on Juli, but several players were able to jockey themselves into position for the weekend.
Silvia Cavalleri was tied for first after 16, but tripled 17 and wound up shooting 72 (-3). Lorie Kane was only two shots back until she doubled 16 – she finished with a 69 (-2). 2004 champion Karen Stupples pulled herself to -2 with a 69. Annika Sorenstam and Paula Creamer both followed their Thursday 72s with Friday 71s to put themselves within five of the lead. Last year’s runner-up Sophie Gustafson had the Round Of The Day with her 67 to end up at -1. The cut came at +7 and claimed the heads of Karrie Webb (82 +14!!) and Mi Hyun Kim (75 +9). Defending champ Jeong Jang escaped that fate with a 73 (+7). LPGA champ Se Ri Pak withdrew before the round started because of a neck injury.
The range of tee times at this event is staggering. The first group goes off at 6:30am and the final group doesn’t start until 3:49pm, nearly 9 and a half hours later. The last group didn’t finish Thursday until nearly 10pm local time, over 15 hours after the round began. Hey guys, just because the sun is out for 18 hours a day in Britain this time of year doesn’t mean you have to use all those hours! At least they didn’t make Tina Barrett and company go out as the first group Friday after keeping them up so late (they teed off at 11:04am). This explains why they start half the field on the back nine in the first two rounds at most LPGA events.
Let’s have an event in Alaska around the 4th of July and let them play around the clock!