Inbee Park was as cool as the fog that was rolling into the Sebonack Golf Course in Southampton on Friday afternoon when she had the option to finish the 18th hole before play was suspended. The 24 year-old South Korean, along with playing partners, Stacy Lewis, and Suzann Pettersen elected to finish instead of waiting until Saturday morning. Park rolled in a 12 foot putt, and carded a 68, which was good for an overnight two shot lead over her closest competitor, I.K. Kim.
The Sebonack Golf Course which is located on Peconic Bay in eastern Long Island expierenced 15 mile per hour winds all day on Friday that occasionally gusted to 30 miles per hour providing true US Open conditions. 40 players were still on the course when play was halted and they will be back on the course when play is resumed at 8AM on Saturday morning. The projected cut is at +5 over par.
Inbee Park is chasing history in an attempt to capture her third consecutive major title in 2013. She won the Kraft Nabisco in April, and The Wegmans Championship last month, now only needs the US Women’s Open to tie a record set by Babe Zaharias in 1950. There were only thee majors in 1950, so no one has ever won four in a row.
She would also tie a record set by Pat Bradley, and Mickey Wright where they won three majors in one calendar year but not consecutively. The LPGA has five majors which include the Women’s British Open, and Evian Championship that has been added this year.
Park, at -9 under par, has a two-shot lead with the second round not yet completed over South Korean, I.K. Kim. American, Lizette Salas and Jodi Ewart Shadoff from Scotland are at -4 with two Americans, Jessica Korda and Angela Stanford at -3. Only Ewart Shadoff is still on the course and will only have to play the 18th hole when play resumes.