With two rounds complete at the 64th US Women’s Open, Cristie Kerr has a one-shot lead over Paula Creamer. Kerr shot rounds of 69-70 for a total of three-under-par. She is the only player who carded two consecutive rounds under-par. Only six players posted red numbers on Friday. I’m not too surprised considering how hard Saucon Valley is playing, but that’s what you’ve gotta expect at a US Open.
Three American players sit at the top of the leaderboard, Kerr, Paula Creamer (-2) and Duramed Futures Tour player Jean Reynolds (-1). In fact, they are the only three players under par. For those who have been disparaging the international presence, specifically the Koreans, dominating the professional ranks on American soil (God forbid), there you have it. And it couldn’t have come at a better time given the mess going on at LPGA HQ. (I’m boycotting those overused words that start with B and C ‘til completion of play on Sunday.) In light of this uber-important stat, TV ratings and fan support better be at an all-time high this weekend. Because apparently the lack of American players winning is part of the reason women’s golf is hurting. Look, I’d like to see an American champion as much as the next person, but just saying.
I’ll leave you with some interesting numbers going into the weekend. Small disclaimer: my math skills might not be up to par (it was never my best subject regardless of the stereotype). Feel free to correct me if you see any mistakes, or better yet, add your own fun stats.
- 72 players out of the 156 player field advanced.
- 36-hole scoring average was 76.355; 59 rounds of 80+
- Cut line was 9-over-par, 151, which, according to Morgan Pressel’s Twitter feed (I’ll take her word), is the highest in Open history since ‘54.
- 16 countries represented: 28 Americans, 20 Koreans, 5 Japanese, 2 from Spain, Sweden, Britain, Australia, Taiwan and Colombia; 1 from Italy, Mexico, China, Norway, Germany, Wales and France.
- 8 Duramed Futures Tour Players: Jean Reynolds, Maria Hernandez, Haiji Kang, Amanda Blumenherst, Cindy Lacrose, Lisa Ferrero, Misun Cho and Mina Harigae.
- 7 amateurs (that’s right!), including two 14-year-olds, Alexis Thompson and Alison Lee! Alexis is T8 and in contention, no less!
- 5 Americans are in the Top 10.
- 9 players withdrew, tying the record set in 1972. (An overwhelming number, wouldn’t you say?)
Will Kerr prevail? Or will Creamer secure her first major victory? Can Ochoa make a comeback after posting a dismal 79 today? What about Reynolds? Na Yeon Choi? Suzann Pettersen? Who’s it going to be? A lot can happen in 36 holes, but I don’t see Kerr or Creamer letting down. Drop your votes below. Mine goes to Paula.
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