Women's Open Rd. 2 concludes with Park on top


SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. – Jodi Ewart Shadoff birdied the last hole in Saturday morning’s conclusion of the suspended second round of the U.S. Women’s Open.

By doing so, Shadoff (-5) didn’t just grab solo third place at Sebonack Golf Club, she moved into the final group with the leader Inbee Park (-9) and I.K. Kim (-7). The third round is expected to begin at about 10:30 a.m. with the leaders going off at 12:40 p.m. Because of Friday’s suspension of play, the third round will feature threesomes going off two sets of tees.

Sixty-eight players made the cut at 6 over par with the cutline dramatically changing near the end of the round. The cut is made to the low 60 and ties. With Nicole Jeray at the 17th tee Saturday morning, she was among exactly 60 players at 5 over. Jeray, however, double bogeyed the hole. The cut line jumped to 6 over.

Nelly Korda, the youngest player in the field at 14, made the cut on the number thanks to the late bump. She’s the younger sister of Jessica Korda, who also made the cut and is tied for fifth.

Karine Icher made the most of Saturday’s resumption of play. She came out and birdied the last three holes in the morning to jump 10 spots on the leaderboard and into a tie for seventh. She closed her round with an even-par 72 and is seven shots off the lead.

Park is trying to become the first player since Babe Zaharias (1950) to win the first three major championships of the season. She’s looking for her sixth LPGA title this year. Kim is looking to claim her first major after that heartbreaking short missed putt at the 72nd hole cost her the Kraft Nabisco title last year. She is seeking her fourth LPGA title. Ewart Shadoff is looking to win her first LPGA title. She is playing in just her sixth major as a pro. She tied for seventh at the Kraft Nabisco this year in her best finish in a major.

Forty-one players ended Friday’s suspension of play without finishing. Michelle Wie and Candie Kung both withdrew and did not return to the course. Wie cited illness.