Stanford still chasing Open 10 years after playoff loss

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SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. – Ten years ago, Angela Stanford made a valiant run at winning the U.S. Women’s Open before losing in a playoff to Hilary Lunke at Pumpkin Ridge.

Stanford, just 25 back then, looked perfectly suited to making a career contending in U.S. Women’s Opens, but she hasn’t been able to give herself the same chance to win this event.

Maybe this is the weekend that changes.

With a 4-under-par 68 Friday, the best round of the day, Stanford moved into a tie for fifth to get into contention to win that elusive prize.

“I'm still waiting,” Stanford said of her playoff loss 10 years ago. “But my answer to this question hasn't changed. I feel very fortunate to have had that opportunity, and that experience. But I'm also very fortunate that I'm still playing and still competing at U.S. Opens. Obviously, I'd love to have that trophy, and I'm very blessed with where I am now, and I know my time's coming, I just don't know when.”

Stanford, a five-time LPGA winner, finished fourth at the U.S. Women’s Open at The Broadmoor two years ago. That’s her best finish in this championship since she tied for second.