PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas – Sun Young Yoo is the leader in the clubhouse with Friday’s second round of the Pure Silk Bahamas Classic suspended due to darkness.
Yoo’s 4-under-par 69 in heavy winds that gusted over 30 mph moved her into good position to make a weekend run at her third LPGA title, her first since winning the Kraft Nabisco Championship in 2012.
At 7-under overall, Yoo is tied with Brittany Lincicome, who was among 60 players still on the course when the horn blew at 5:44 p.m., suspending play with darkness falling. Lincicome is at 7 under through five holes in her second round.
Rolex world No. 2 Inbee Park, trying to take back the No. 1 ranking a week after Lydia Ko took it from her, is at 6 under through five holes of the second round. Ko was able to finish the second round, posting a 71 to move to 3 under overall.
Jenny Shin (71), Dori Carter (72) and rookie Kelly Shon (71) were all in the clubhouse one shot behind the leaders.
Players are scheduled to be in position to resume the second round at 8 a.m. Saturday.
“It was very tough,” Yoo said of the winds blowing hard from the north off the ocean. “I just tried to stay focused.”
Lincicome found conditions comically bad.
“It's so ridiculous out there that it's not even normal,” Lincicome said. “You’ve just got to laugh about it. You can't get mad.”
Carter got off to a sizzling start while finishing up the suspended first round. She chipped in for eagle at the 11th hole with her first shot after play resumed Friday morning and closed out a 68. In unrelenting winds that nearly caused suspension of play, she managed a 72 in the afternoon.
One caddie after another dropped his player’s bag at the scoring tent with weary faces after long rounds. Carter’s caddie, Chris Gold, was one of them.
“After we hit our approach shot on the last hole, he said, 'I’m not going to lie, this is the worst conditions I’ve ever seen, wind conditions,’” Carter said. “He told me that at the last hole. He didn’t say it in the middle of the round. We laughed about that. Yeah, it was pretty crazy.”
Shin was exhausted after her round.
“I can’t wait to go back to bed,” she said. “It’s been a long day.
“I’ve never played in these conditions before. We asked the officials,`Is this playable?’ But the ball wasn’t floating around the greens, so we can’t say anything about it. This course is set up perfectly where it is playable.”
Defending champion Jessica Korda (73-74) was among a number of players who backed off putts with their balls oscillating, but rules officials reported the wind never got to where they had to stop play.