Friday, April 25, 2008

Stanford International – 2nd Round

Young Kim (-7) leads the Stanford International Pro-Am by one shot over Annika Sorenstam. Paula Creamer and Angela Stanford are tied for third, five shots out of the lead. Meena Lee and Momoko Ueda are the only other players who are under par after two rounds.

As Judy Rankin said midway through the coverage, “they need to put a little more water on these greens tonight”. I didn’t see more than a couple of tee shots hold at any of the par-3s and I’m going to be hard-pressed to give you more than three or four highlights because it was so difficult to get close. The LPGA felt it necessary to send Chris Higgs on air to defend the course setup against the players’ prior complaints. His primary defense was Thursday’s wind and the unfamiliarity of the courses. Nice try, guys. I hope these amateurs aren’t so beaten down that they won’t return next year.

Eight players are tied for seventh place at even par, among them Mi Hyun Kim, Juli Inkster, Christina Kim, Cristie Kerr and the Lovely and Talented Grace Park! At the risk of jinxing her, Grace hasn’t had a single double-bogey through the first 36 holes. There haven’t been too many stretches like that for her in the last couple of years and considering the conditions, I’m very optimistic for Grace’s chances this weekend. Jee Young Lee fired a 67 to match the two front-runners for best of the day and moved up to T24 +2. Yani Tseng (77 +4) and Candie Kung (78 +5) were unable to continue their first-round success.

The cut was +7 and claimed Morgan Pressel (who three-putted 18 to fall out), Jeong Jang, Shi Hyun Ahn (80 after a nice 70 Thursday), Laura Davies and Brittany Lincicome. Natalie Gulbis barely snuck into the weekend, joining In-Kyung Kim, Louise Friberg, Stacy Prammanasudh and Suzann Pettersen.

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