2018 U.S. Women’s Open Second Round Update

Second round play at the 2018 U.S. Women’s Open was delayed for several hours by inclement weather today at Shoal Creek, Alabama. Play was halted at 2:27 pm central time and resumed at 6:16 pm, and then halted again at 7:20 pm. Before the delay, Australian Sarah Jane Smith, tied for the lead through the first round, continued her stellar play by shooting a second straight 5-under par 67 to sit at 10-under par for the championship. Another Australian, Su-Hyun Oh, was also able to finish her round before the delay, shooting a 4-under par 68, putting her at 6-under par overall, tied for second. First round co-leader Ariya Jutanugarn, 1-under par through 4 holes before the delay, stayed at that score through eight holes, when play was stopped for the day, leaving her at 6-under par, tied with Oh.

Scoring Remains Tight

Seven players are tied at 3-under par, all of them finishing their rounds before the weather delay, including Swedish amateur Linn Grant, who shot even par 72, and seven-time major championship winner Inbee Park of Korea, the number one ranked player in the world, who shot 1-under par 71. Also tied at 3- under are Koreans Chella Choi (71-70), Jenny Shin (72-69), Sei Young Kim (70-71), Jihyun Kim (70-71), as well as Carlota Ciganda of Spain, who followed up a first round 73 with a 4-under par 68. There are also seven players tied at 2-under par, among them Americans Michelle Wie (through seven holes), Lindy Duncan (also through seven holes), and amateur Kristin Gillman (through six holes). Other players at 2-under par include amateur Patty Tavatanakit (through twelve holes) from Thailand, and those who finished their second rounds, Madelene Sagstrom (70-72) of Sweden, Hyo-Joo Kim (70-72) of Korea, and first round co-leader Jeongeun Lee of Korea, who followed up her magnificent bogey-free 67 of the first round with a disappointing 75.

Second Round Resumes Tomorrow

Play will resume tomorrow at 6:45 am central time, as players remaining on the course will attempt to finish their second rounds. Upon completion of the second round there will be a 36-hole cut of the top 60 players and ties, The cut is currently projected to be 4-over par. Sung Hyun Park, the defending champion, finished at 9-over par with rounds of 76-77, and will likely will miss the cut. Brooke Henderson withdrew from the championship before her round was to begin today, citing personal reasons.

Jeff Boone

Founder of Golf Talk Times

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