U.S. Women’s Open R2

Hinako Shibuno takes 3-shot lead

December 10-13
Cypress Creek & Jackrabbit courses
Champions Golf Club, Houston, Texas
$5,500,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4




Hinako Shibuno shot a 4-under 67 on the Jackrabbit Course to pull three strokes clear at the 2020 U.S. Women’s Open at 7-under.

“Today my tee shots found the rough more often. However, my second shots were pretty stable and able to par on to the greens,” said Shibuno. “So my golf today was pretty safe, stable condition. At the same time, when it comes to the chance for a birdie, my putting was pretty good.”


Should she win on Sunday, the 2019 Women’s British Open champion would join Se Ri Pak and In Gee Chun as the only players in history to win majors as their first two LPGA Tour titles. Pak won at the 1998 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and the 1998 U.S. Women’s Open, while Chun won the 2015 U.S. Women’s Open and the 2016 Evian Championship.

“No pressure whatsoever,” said Shibuno. “I’m playing a major in the United States, unlike when I was at the British Open, where I feel like I am starting from scratch.”



Swedish amateur Linn Grant is in solo second at 4-under, while fellow amateur Kaitlyn Papp, one of seven Texans in the field, is tied for third at 3-under.

“I feel like college golf really prepares us for the next level and to play well in championships like this, and also internationally for the girls who are coming from overseas, there’s been a lot of playing opportunities,” said Papp. “I feel like with this whole COVID year we’ve all had the chance to get better at our golf games.”


Alongside Papp are Megan Khang, who shot a bogey-free 2-under 69 on the Cypress Creek Course, and first-round leader Amy Olson, who followed her opening 67 with a 1-over 72 on the Jackrabbit Course.

The USGA used two courses for the first time this year because the pandemic forced the Open to be postponed six months to December with limited daylight. The final two rounds will be at Cypress Creek which previously hosted a Ryder Cup, U.S. Open and the Tour Championship on the PGA Tour.

Cristie Kerr, the 2007 champion, was playing through the pain to finish at 2-under in a tie for sixth place after being involved in a golf-cart accident last week that left her playing chances in doubt.

“I’ve definitely missed shots I would normally not miss because I’m in pain, but it’s kind of a nice mental place to be,” said Kerr. “I’m not happy how I got here, but maybe it’s meant to teach me a lesson, I don’t know. God moves in mysterious ways.”



Also tied for sixth are former champion Ariya Jutanugarn and her sister, Moriya, who are competing together in the championship for the sixth consecutive year.

Ariya, struggling with her putting, carded three birdies and two bogeys for a second straight 1-under 70.

“I hit a lot of good shots, but my putting wasn’t working well today and yesterday. I’ve been trying to work on it, but it’s not getting better yet. My speed is not that good, and my ball didn’t start on line that much. I’m really happy about my game right now even though I don’t feel like my putting is working well.”

Moriya’s was the only bogey-free first round and she followed it up with a 1-over 72 today on the Cypress Creek Course.

“Everyone wants to play good every week, and of course to win a major, especially a first major for me, it would be big,” Moriya said. “I just want to focus on what I have to do and be present because out here you can’t really be so aggressive and you have to play smart.”

World number 1 Jin Young Ko shot a 70 and made the cut by two shots, eight behind Shibuno.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Hinako Shibuno
-7
68
67
135
2
Linn Grant (a)
-4
69
69
138
T3
Megan Khang
-3
70
69
139
T3
Amy Olson
-3
67
72
139
T3
Kaitlyn Papp (a)
-3
71
68
139
T6
Ashleigh Buhai
-2
71
69
140
T6
Moriya Jutanugarn
-2
68
72
140
T6
Ariya Jutanugarn
-2
70
70
140
T6
Cristie Kerr
-2
71
69
140
T6
Stacy Lewis
-2
72
68
140
T6
Yuka Saso (a)
-2
69
71
140
T6
Sarah Schmelzel
-2
71
69
140
T6
Lindsey Weaver
-2
70
70
140
T14
Sei Young Kim
-1
72
69
141
T14
Lydia Ko
-1
71
70
141
T14
Ingrid Lindblad (a)
-1
72
69
141
T14
Azahara Munoz
-1
71
70
141
T14
Yealimi Noh
-1
72
69
141
T14
Lizette Salas
-1
72
69
141
T20
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
E
70
72
142
T20
Charley Hull
E
69
73
142
T20
Jennifer Kupcho
E
70
72
142
T20
Minyoung2 Lee
E
74
68
142
T20
Jeongeun Lee6
E
73
69
142
T20
A Lim Kim
E
68
74
142
T20
Pauline Roussin-Bouchard (a)
E
70
72
142
T20
Jenny Shin
E
72
70
142
T20
Maja Stark (a)
E
70
72
142
T29
Hye Jin Choi (a)
1
70
73
143
T29
Perrine Delacour
1
72
71
143
T29
Danielle Kang
1
72
71
143
T29
Jin Young Ko
1
73
70
143
T29
Inbee Park
1
71
72
143
T29
Gabriela Ruffels (a)
1
71
72
143
T29
Seon Woo Bae
1
75
68
143
T36
Mina Harigae
2
70
74
144
T36
Nasa Hataoka
2
71
73
144
T36
Mone Inami
2
73
71
144
T36
Cheyenne Knight
2
75
69
144
T36
Pernilla Lindberg
2
74
70
144
T36
Kana Mikashima
2
75
69
144
T36
Anna Nordqvist
2
73
71
144
T36
Hae Ran Ryu
2
72
72
144
T36
Na Rin An
2
72
72
144
T36
Lauren Stephenson
2
72
72
144
T36
Linnea Strom
2
69
75
144
T47
Chella Choi
3
73
72
145
T47
Ally Ewing
3
73
72
145
T47
Hannah Green
3
72
73
145
T47
Brooke M. Henderson
3
72
73
145
T47
Mamiko Higa
3
73
72
145
T47
Yui Kawamoto
3
73
72
145
T47
Jessica Korda
3
72
73
145
T47
Bronte Law
3
73
72
145
T47
Minjee Lee
3
74
71
145
T47
Mi Hyang Lee
3
72
73
145
T47
Brittany Lincicome
3
70
75
145
T47
Gaby Lopez
3
74
71
145
T47
Su Oh
3
75
70
145
T47
Eri Okayama
3
76
69
145
T47
Sophia Popov
3
69
76
145
T47
So Yeon Ryu
3
72
73
145
T47
Madelene Sagstrom
3
74
71
145
T47
Jennifer Song
3
77
68
145
T47
Sayaka Takahashi
3
73
72
145
T47
Ji Yeong2 Kim
3
75
70
145
CUT
Celine Boutier
4
73
73
146
CUT
In Gee Chun
4
76
70
146
CUT
Carlota Ciganda
4
71
75
146
CUT
Austin Ernst
4
75
71
146
CUT
Amelia Garvey (a)
4
70
76
146
CUT
Mi Jeong Jeon
4
72
74
146
CUT
Eun-Hee Ji
4
74
72
146
CUT
Nelly Korda
4
73
73
146
CUT
Brittany Lang
4
73
73
146
CUT
Alena Sharp
4
75
71
146
CUT
Sarah Jane Smith
4
76
70
146
CUT
Maria Torres
4
75
71
146
CUT
Rose Zhang (a)
4
73
73
146
CUT
Anne van Dam
4
73
73
146
CUT
Brittany Altomare
5
71
76
147
CUT
Cydney Clanton
5
74
73
147
CUT
Minami Katsu
5
74
73
147
CUT
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
5
75
72
147
CUT
Agathe Laisne (a)
5
77
70
147
CUT
Teresa Lu
5
73
74
147
CUT
Ryann O’Toole
5
73
74
147
CUT
Bianca Pagdanganan
5
72
75
147
CUT
Emily Kristine Pedersen
5
75
72
147
CUT
Marianne Skarpnord
5
76
71
147
CUT
Patty Tavatanakit
5
69
78
147
CUT
Lexi Thompson
5
74
73
147
CUT
Momoko Ueda
5
74
73
147
CUT
Jing Yan
5
74
73
147
CUT
Pajaree Anannarukarn
6
76
72
148
CUT
Mirim Lee
6
74
74
148
CUT
Yuna Nishimura (a)
6
73
75
148
CUT
Sung Hyun Park
6
70
78
148
CUT
Gerina Piller
6
69
79
148
CUT
Ayaka Watanabe
6
77
71
148
CUT
Angel Yin
6
75
73
148
CUT
Saki Asai
7
76
73
149
CUT
Fatima Fernandez Cano
7
79
70
149
CUT
Georgia Hall
7
81
68
149
CUT
Auston Kim (a)
7
75
74
149
CUT
Katherine Kirk
7
75
74
149
CUT
Xiyu Lin
7
76
73
149
CUT
Caroline Masson
7
71
78
149
CUT
Olivia Mehaffey (a)
7
77
72
149
CUT
Pornanong Phatlum
7
76
73
149
CUT
Mel Reid
7
75
74
149
CUT
Jasmine Suwannapura
7
76
73
149
CUT
Lala Anai
8
78
72
150
CUT
Ayaka Furue
8
76
74
150
CUT
Esther Henseleit
8
76
74
150
CUT
Yu Jin Sung
8
76
74
150
CUT
Meghan Maclaren
8
77
73
150
CUT
Kelly Tan
8
75
75
150
CUT
Beatrice Wallin (a)
8
75
75
150
CUT
Caterina Don (a)
9
77
74
151
CUT
Caroline Hedwall
9
76
75
151
CUT
Nuria Iturrioz
9
71
80
151
CUT
Yu Liu
9
76
75
151
CUT
Lucie Malchirand
9
75
76
151
CUT
Emilia Migliaccio (a)
9
74
77
151
CUT
Benedetta Moresco
9
80
71
151
CUT
Annie Park
9
76
75
151
CUT
Morgan Pressel
9
73
78
151
CUT
Ana Belac
10
76
76
152
CUT
Nicole Broch Larsen
10
77
75
152
CUT
Sakura Koiwai
10
77
75
152
CUT
Emma Spitz (a)
10
75
77
152
CUT
Asuka Kashiwabara (a)
11
79
74
153
CUT
Hee Young Park
11
77
76
153
CUT
Ho-Yu An
12
78
76
154
CUT
Allisen Corpuz (a)
12
78
76
154
CUT
Jeong Eun Lee
12
79
75
154
CUT
Jaye Marie Green
12
78
76
154
CUT
Frida Kinhult
12
78
76
154
CUT
Angela Stanford
12
80
74
154
CUT
Amy Yang
12
77
77
154
CUT
Lei Ye (a)
12
77
77
154
CUT
Christina Kim
13
81
74
155
CUT
Heejeong Lim
13
77
78
155
CUT
Kristen Gillman
14
79
77
156
CUT
Janie Jackson
14
74
82
156
CUT
Ina Kim-Schaad
14
73
83
156
CUT
Lily May Humphreys (a)
14
75
81
156
CUT
Maria Fassi
15
83
74
157
CUT
Kim Kaufman
15
78
79
157
CUT
Christine Wolf
15
77
80
157
CUT
Erika Hara
19
83
78
161
CUT
Alessia Nobilio (a)
21
81
82
163
CUT
Seung Yeon Lee
21
78
85
163
CUT
Emily Toy
28
88
82
170
WD
Mi Jung Hur
7
78
78