Karrie Webb was the sole competitor at 5-under-par on the 36-hole summary Saturday morning. Webb, lucky enough to finish the second round just prior to a torrid rainfall, had a little extra time to sit back and reflect on a comfortable lead while 105 unlucky players returned to Pine Needles, as early as 5:00 a.m. Saturday, to complete the second round.
Annika Sorenstam was not so lucky.
Sorenstam was caught on the 413-yard par-4 2nd at 1-over when play was called, and subsequently finished her round Saturday at 2-over-par 72 after making bogey on two of the last four holes.
The ambitious Swede, trailing the leader by seven strokes, was none too pleased to finish where she did.
Im a little upset right now, Sorenstam vented moments after finishing her round. Im disappointed in the way I played today. My chipping let me down and I gave away a few shots that I shouldnt have.
Annikas not counting herself out of the race just yet. Earlier this season she came back from a 10-shot deficit to win the Office Depot in L.A.
Ill shake this off, she said confidently. Ill be ready this afternoon ' Ill be on fire this afternoon.
First round co-leader A.J. Eathorne finished the second round at 2-under-par 140, three strokes off Webbs lead. Having teed off on the backside, Eathorne completed a mere four holes Friday, making 4 pars to remain at 3-under.
I think everyone is going to be grinding it out tomorrow, Eathorne said during suspended play Friday. Everyone has to go out and play their hardest.
Two bogeys on the back nine along with a birdie left Eathorne making the turn at 1-over for the day. The four-year LPGA Tour veteran made nine pars in a row on the front side to finish 1-over 71 for the day. Se Ri Pak is in the hunt, finishing up Saturday morning at 1-under-par 139.
Juli Inkster, Kristi Albers, Kelly Robbins, Sophie Gustafson and Catriona Matthew finished at even-par 140 to put themselves in contention. Inkster and Albers completed the second round on Friday. Conversely, Matthew, Robbins and Gustafson did not.
Matthew is competing in her sixth U.S. Womens Open. Her best finish at the Open came in 1999 when she finished in a tie for 8th.
Sixty players made the 36-hole cut at 6-over-par. The third round, featuring threesomes teeing off on two sides, will start at approximately 1:40 p.m., with the leaders teeing off at 3:10 p.m.
Full-field scores from the 56th U.S. Women's Open