There's a good reason why qualifying for match play is 36 holes and not 18. It gives players a chance to recover from a poor round, which a couple of golfers did on Tuesday. Victoria Tanco of Argentina, who has played in three U.S. Women's Opens and is a past American Junior Golf Association Player of the Year, carded a 1-over 73 following a first-round 80. Mariah Stackhouse from Riverdale, Ga., carded an even-par 72 after opening with an 80. Brooke Henderson from Canada, who is carrying her own bag through this oppressive heat and humidity, had a 74 after an 80.
Of course, a few players went in the opposite direction as well. Maia Schechter from Maryland opened with a 72 and went 10 strokes higher on Tuesday. She still is safely into match play.
And that really is all that's necessary the first two days. Be one of the low 64 scorers and then get hot over the next four days.