It's gettin' a little cozy atop the leader board at the 2008 U.S. Women's Open. Angela Park's superb six under round early today gave her the lead. Nothing like five birdies and an eagle to jump start your tournament. The pack at -5 includes Minea Blomqvist, Inbee Park, and three players that didn't complete their rounds as of this writing. Defender Cristie Kerr, Helen Alfredsson, and Candie Kung. It sure is nice to see Alfredsson on the board in a meaningful tournament. Paula Creamer, -1 today, was at -4 total, tied with Jeong Jang. Five more players were tied at -3 and six more were linked at -2, some done for the day, some not. Storms rolled in during the afternoon session pushing play backwards for about 2 1/2 hours. Players like Park, in the morning rounds, had more benign conditions to deal with.
Some notables.......First round co-leader Pat Hurst shot 78 to drop her to -1 total. Annika's also at -1 after a three under 70 today. Lorena Ochoa's at +1 total and still had two holes to finish. Morgan Pressel and Suzann Peterssen were at +2. Karrie Webb was +5. Thirteen year old Alexis Thompson is at +6 after a 77 today. Julie Inkster, after a respectable 74 on day #1, plummeted with an 81 today to wipe out her chances. And lastly, Michelle Wie was +1 after 14 holes today, leaving her at +9 overall. It looks like she's salvaging a decent round after yesterday's debacle. Good for her. Builds character to continue to fight through adversity.
They say Saturday's moving day in a golf tournament. We should see a ton of moving tomorrow with so many players so evenly positioned. There's really no clue as to how this will play out. And that folks, is the fun of it!
*Average Golfer observation. It would be nice if the networks had allotted more air time for arguably the biggest women's golf event of the year. Granted they couldn't forecast a delay in play, but 6 and 7 PM, EST sign- offs doesn't leave room for much golf with premiere players in both early and later rounds. Besides, Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune are on other channels. I'd like to see the weekend coverage expand an hour as well.