By Alan Saunders
With the first half of the second round in the books at the 2015 U.S. Women’s Open at Lancaster Country Club, several big names will have to play the waiting game as they are on the outside looking in the with the cut approaching.
The top 60 golfers (including ties) will earn the right to compete over the weekend.
2015 ANA Inspiration champion Brittany Lincicome also had to finish her opening round on Friday morning, bogeying number 18 to turn in a 5-over 75. An up-and-down second day saw her finish with a 4-over 74, leaving her 9-over for the tournament.
“Today, I knew where the ball was going,” Lincicome said. “I was much more in control, just had so many lip-outs. The putter completely let me down the whole week. Every shot just seemed to go over the edge and just wouldn’t fall in like normally.”
Lincicome also said that the course’s length (6,483 yards), though average, was challenging because the par-70 setup contained only two par-five holes.
“The rough was so tough out there and being a long hitter with there only being two par-fives and neither of them being reachable…it doesn’t take me out the equation, but I was pretty bummed when I got here and saw that there were only two par-fives,” said Lincicome.
Lincicome is second on the LPGA tour with a driving average of 273 yards. The other golfers in the top five in LPGA driving distance also struggled with Yani Tseng (270-yard average) finishing 5-over and Carlota Ciganda (268-yard average) turning in a 9-over-par 149 for the week.
Swedish golfer Anna Nordqvist also had no problems with finishing her first round on Friday morning after it was suspended due to rain on Thursday. She finished her final four holes at even par to turn in a 1-over-par 71 for his opening round.
Nordqvist’s second round, however, started in disaster as she opened with a par, bogey and double-bogey in a disastrous 5-over back nine. She was able to recover and turn in an even-par score on the front, but remains in danger at 6-over par.
2007 U.S. Women’s Open winner Cristie Kerr struggled through her second round after finishing her rain-delayed first-round at 5-over on Friday morning. Kerr also double-bogeyed the par-3 12th en route to a 3-over 73 on Friday, leaving her at 8-over for the tournament.
Three-time U.S. Open top-ten finisher Suzann Pettersen was 8-over after her first round and 2007 Evian Masters winner Natalie Gulbis started the tournament plus-12. Pettersen and Gulbis will play in the second group on Friday.
As of press time, the cut included golfers at plus-3. The USGA projects the final cut line to come in at plus-5.