With her two rounds in the books at the 2015 U.S. Women’s Open, it should come as no surprise that world number one, Inbee Park, finds herself in contention.
Park has been through this before, a six-time major winner and two-time U.S. Women’s Open champion, while also finishing in the top-10 on four different occasions.
While she will not be intimidated, she will definitely be challenged by the rain and resulting course conditions. Mother Nature dropped half an inch on the course when play was stopped and ultimately suspended on Thursday.
As a result, the green speeds which the players thought would be faster became even slower.
“I hit probably every putt short, I missed it short,” Park said. “I think that’s what everybody has been doing. It’s hard to think that you have to smash the putts at a U.S. Open.”
Park is working to continue to make strides on her ball-striking comparing her results to that of the KPMG LPGA Championship that she won earlier this season. She said that her ball striking is not where it was then but it is getting closer. She has hit 21 of 28 fairways and 25 of 36 greens through two rounds of play.
“We still have a lot of golf to play, but my goal would be to be under par and hopefully I can hold the trophy by the end of Sunday,” said Park. “It’s too early to think about the trophy, I’m just going to try to play the course and try to make a lot of pars and birdies if it comes.”
Patience is key in a tournament like this and in the morning wave, four players posted scored that were under par.
“I have to keep reminding myself that this is the Women’s Open and par is a good score,” Park said. “That’s what I always tell myself. I think today I played 22 holes and I thought that it’s good because of where I’m finishing today, at least. I just try to think really positive. I think it’s all about the positive thinking, you’ve just got to deal with what you have.”
Park, who recently overtook Lydia Ko to reclaim the top ranking in the Official Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings is first in driving distance and player of the year, tied for fourth in top-10 finishes and fifth in greens in regulation all this year, is feeling confident and comfortable with her placement as the weekend play is close to beginning.
“I feel like the first two rounds at the Women’s Open feels great,” said Park. “I feel like I’m in good position.”