Kohler, Wis. – As the highest-ranked American in the field and No. 2 in the world overall, Stacy Lewis
knew people were looking to her as a potential contender for the 67th U.S.
Women’s Open title.
After Lewis opened with a dyspeptic and disappointing
5-over-par 77 at Blackwolf Run Thursday, many people had to wonder if Lewis hadn’t already started looking for her luggage.
ůber-competitive Lewis wasn’t about to
go that quietly or quickly.
an opening bogey to her second round, Lewis
finally got her head and her game squared away, and the result was a
3-under-par 69 Friday that ensured the three-time LPGA winner would remain in
the championship chase.
2-over 146, Lewis, 27, trails leader Suzann Pettersen
by seven shots.
know, I actually didn't play that bad yesterday,” Lewis
said. “I just kind of let a few things get to me. My attitude was not very
good, and I came out today, I didn't really have anything to lose, and I knew I
was playing well. So just a little better attitude.”
better score ensued once she sank an 8-foot birdie putt on the par-5 second
hole that erased her early error and boosted her flagging confidence. “That was
huge,” she said.
making the cut after such high expectations at the start of the week, not that Lewis was letting herself think about the prospects
of an early exit.
kind of looked at it as chipping away at the lead, so that makes me not focus
on the cut,” she said. “If I can get to under par tomorrow, I think I'll be in
a good spot. I'm happy I came back and
played better today.”
other players played better, some worse, but altogether it added up to 65 making the cut of low 60 and ties. The cut came at 5-over
149, just a stroke lower than the 150 required to play 72 holes in the 1998
Open here at Blackwolf Run, when par was 71.
among those who improved was England’s
Melissa Reid, who also shot 69 and survived at
4-over 148. Reid, coming off her fourth career title
last week at the Raiffeisenbank Prague on the Ladies European Tour, is one of
the inspirational stories of the championship, competing a little more than a
month after her mother, Joy, was killed in an automobile accident in Germany.
you want to play on the weekend,” said Reid, 24,
making her second Women’s Open start. “After my round yesterday, obviously it
would mean a lot. I kind of took myself completely out of the tournament
yesterday, but a good round today has definitely given me a chance.”
continuing to compete amid difficult personal circumstances, Reid
said she’d been buoyed by the support from players and the golf community, as
well as fans. “It’s been quite tough, though,” she admitted. “Golf is very far
down the pecking order in a sense.”
other end of the spectrum was Brittany
Lincicome, one of the first-round tri-leaders.
The Floridian followed an opening 69 with an 80 and barely survived, making the
cut on the number.
get it in the wrong place here and there, and it's tough,” Lincicome said. “You
go out and feel like you did so good yesterday, and I had no idea what happened
champion Karrie Webb, playing in the same threesome with Lincicome, was well
below the cutline after three bogeys in her first five hole, but the Australian
righted the ship with a burst of four birdies around the turn, and carded
72-147. Other past U.S. Open champions sticking around include the 2011 winner So
Yeon Ryu, who came in with 71-145.
Park, who won in 2008 and has three other top-10 finishes in the U.S. Women’s
Open in just six appearances, was among the leaders after a 70 gave her a
3-under 141 total, two behind Pettersen.
Paula Creamer, the 2010
champion, carded her second consecutive 73. Joining her at 146 was Yani Tseng,
the No. 1 player on the Rolex Women’s World Rankings. Tseng bogeyed three of
her last five holes for a 72 that left her among a group seven back.
10 players who also competed here in 1998, just three made the cut in their
return. One was Webb and another was Se Ri Pak, the
winner from 14 years ago. Pak shot 73 to complete 36 holes in 1-over 145. Nicole Castrale, who
played as Nicole
Dalkas, also made the cut (143)
after missing as an amateur in 1998. Juli Inkster, the two-time U.S. Open
champion, was among the seven who faltered, shooting 82-161.
Kim, who won the 2005 title, fell
short after 77-158, as did 2009 winner Eun-Hee Ji, who finished 78-154.
Amateur champion Morgan Pressel, battling tendinitis in her right thumb, withdrew
after making a quintuple-bogey 10 on the par-4 14th hole. At the time, she was
15 over on her round and 17 over for the championship.
Angel Yin, 13, the youngest
player in the championship, endured a difficult second round. Her 87 led to a
was among 28 amateurs in the field. Three qualified for the weekend, led by the
world’s top-ranked amateur, Lydia Ko, 15, of Auckland, New Zealand,
who shot 72-146. Emma Talley,
18, of Paducah, Ky.
(75-148) and Alison
Lee, 17, of Valencia, Calif.,
(74-149) also made the weekend.
Dave Shedloski is an Ohio-based freelance writer whose work has previously appeared on