Webby Weathers the Storm


Karrie Webb set a new womens competitive course record during the second round of the 56th U.S. Womens Open at Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club.
Webb shot 5-under-par 32-33 65 to move to 5-under for the tournament and grab hold of the lead. In the process she broke the old Course record of 66 set by Annika Sorenstam and Kris Tschetter during the 1996 Womens Open.
Well, I really just took off ' took up where I left off yesterday, just really a lot of good, solid ball-striking again.
Webb teed off the backside birding the second hole right out of the gates. She made no bogeys and five birdies to complete what she called a very solid round of golf. Well I think ' Ive said many times this year, Ive been working on a few things, and I felt the weeks leading up to this that every day it was coming around a bit more. And I put in a hard weeks work last week and really felt good about where my game was, enough to think that I had a chance at the Open and at least put myself into contention for the weekend.
And that was my main goal was to ' not put myself too far out of it Thursday and Friday, to give myself a shot on the weekend.
Webb reminded everyone why she had held the number one position on the money list for two consecutive years on the 413-yard par 4 2nd where she masterfully chipped the ball in the hole from 60th with her Sand Wedge. It was just one of those shots that I had plenty of green to work with, but it was one of those chip shots that if you got it to within five feet and got it up-and-down you would be pretty happy. It was fortunate that I landed it exactly where I wanted it to and rolled out the way I planned. Its a bonus when youre playing well, some of those things happen.
The skies opened up prompting a second rain delay to be called just moments after the defending champion and her playing partners walked off the course. I looked at the weather last night and this morning and thought no matter what I had from 8:00 oclock this morning, I had 12 hours to finish my round, Webb said. Even if we had storms this morning, I stall had a pretty good shot at finishing my round today. And thats what I wanted to achieve, hopefully, if Mother Nature was going to let us.
Webb was paired with Juli Inkster 37-35 72 and Laura Davies 39-34 73 for the first two rounds of the event. When I saw my pairing last week, I probably couldnt have asked for a much better pairing, I think. I have a tremendous amount of respect for Juli and Laura. You pretty much know that youre going to see some good shots and some good golf in that group.
Karrie Webb currently leads the rest of the field by three strokes.
Play has been suspended for the third time at 2:36 pm today due to a major storm moving through the area.
The cut is projected to be 7 or 8-over par.