Friday, June 27, 2008

U.S. Open - Friday afternoon update

Whereas yesterday’s resurgent player was Pat Hurst, today’s is Angela Park. The reigning LPGA Rookie of the Year has only two Top 10s and three missed cuts in 2008 but she momentarily took sole possession of the lead at -7 when she birdied #5 (her 14th of the day). Angela finished with a round of 67 and is currently tied for the lead with Ji Young Oh, who hasn’t teed off yet. Hurst fell flat with a 78, double-bogeys at 9 and 11 deflating her Open balloon and leaving her at -1.

Joining Park on the Up Elevator are Minea Blomqvist, Inbee Park, Jeong Jang (all 69s to move into the Top 10), Seon Hwa Lee and Annika Sorenstam (both 70 to reach -1). Following the same trend as Hurst are Song-Hee Kim (76), Sakura Yokomine and Brittany Lang (both 75).

As of 2:30pm EDT, the board looks like this (with # of holes completed in parentheses, no number means the player has finished Round Two):

-6 Angela Park, Ji Young Oh (0)
-5 Minea Blomqvist, Inbee Park
-4 Paula Creamer, Jeong Jang, Ji-Yai Shin (17), Louise Friberg (0)
-3 Sydnee Michaels (3), Maria Uribe (1), Laura Davies (0), Helen Alfredsson (0)

The cut will be the Top 60 plus ties, plus any other players who are within ten shots of the lead. At this moment the magic number is +4, which would allow 93 players into the weekend. If Oh, Friberg or any of the other late starters go on a rampage and get lower than -6, the cut line could go as low as +1. God help the USGA if THAT calamity were to happen!

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