US Women’s Open R2

Yuka Saso takes 36-hole lead at Olympic Club

US Womens 2021 R2
June 03-06
The Olympic Club (Lake Course), San Francisco, CA
$5,500,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4

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Yuka Saso shot six birdies and two bogeys for a 4-under 67 to reach 6-under and take the 36-hole lead at The Olympic Club. She tied for the second-lowest round of the day but not without a struggle as she hit only six fairways and had to contend with Olympic’s thick rough.


US Womens 2021 R2

“If I go in the rough, my mindset is just to go for the fairway,” said Saso. “It’s really long and like sticky, so yeah, it’s really hard to get on from it. But yeah, I’m glad that I’m a little bit good out of it.”

To compensate, Saso has been one of the strongest putters this week, hitting 66.6% greens in regulation and tied for second with 53 total putts. 


US Womens 2021 R2

This is her second time this year in the lead at the halfway point following the LOTTE Championship in April. Should she win she would become the 31st player to win an LPGA Tour title as a non-Member. It would also be the third consecutive year with a non-Member taking a major title, following A Lim Kim (2020 U.S. Women’s Open), Sophia Popov (2020 AIG Women’s Open) and Hinako Shibuno (2019 AIG Women’s Open).

Jeongeun Lee6 birdied the 15th 16th and 17th to earn solo second at 5-under. Behind her are Megan Khang and amateur Megha Ganne in a tie for third at 4-under.


US Womens 2021 R2

Overnight co-leader Ganne carded an even-par 71 on Friday and is enjoying her new-found spotlight, even getting a Twitter shoutout from the governor of her native New Jersey.

“I wish every event I had a gallery watching me because it just makes me play better, I think,” said Ganne. “And I love being in the spotlight, so it’s been really fun.”


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US Womens 2021 R2

Inbee Park, the 2008 and 2013 champion, closed with a 69 and set the championship record for the most sub-par rounds with 25 having previously been tied for first with Beth Daniel and Betsy King. Park moves to the weekend at 2-under, in a tie for seventh with fellow major champions Lexi Thompson and Ariya Jutanugarn.

“There aren’t that many holes that I can actually make a birdie on this golf course,” said Park. “I really tried to take advantage of the par-5s when I hit the short irons, which I did.”

2020 U.S. Women’s Open champion A Lim Kim finished at 7-over and missed the cut by one shot. She becomes the first defending champion to miss the cut since Sung Hyun Park in 2018. 

Other players who missed it include U.S. Women’s Open champions Park (+8), Paula Creamer (+9), Brittany Lang (+9), Cristie Kerr (+10) and Michelle Wie West (+12), as well as AIG Women’s Open winners Hinako Shibuno (+7) and Sophia Popov (+8). Nelly Korda shot +11 to head home early, while her sister Jessica Korda advanced to the final two rounds at +4, tied for 36th.

US Womens 2021 R2

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Yuka Saso *
-6
69
67
136
2
Jeongeun Lee6
-5
70
67
137
T3
Megha Ganne (a) *
-4
67
71
138
T3
Megan Khang
-4
68
70
138
5
Shanshan Feng *
-3
69
70
139
T6
Inbee Park *
-2
71
69
140
T6
Mel Reid
-2
67
73
140
T6
Lexi Thompson *
-2
69
71
140
T9
Nasa Hataoka *
-1
72
69
141
T9
Ariya Jutanugarn
-1
71
70
141
T9
Maja Stark (a)
-1
71
70
141
T12
Marina Alex *
E
70
72
142
T12
Sarah Burnham *
E
76
66
142
T12
Danielle Kang
E
73
69
142
T12
Hyo Joo Kim
E
72
70
142
T16
Jennifer Kupcho
+1
70
73
143
T16
Wichanee Meechai
+1
70
73
143
T18
Austin Ernst
+2
70
74
144
T18
Mina Harigae
+2
71
73
144
T18
Gurleen Kaur (a)
+2
71
73
144
T18
In Kyung Kim
+2
74
70
144
T18
Sei Young Kim
+2
74
70
144
T18
Jin Young Ko
+2
70
74
144
T18
Alison Lee
+2
74
70
144
T18
Stacy Lewis *
+2
72
72
144
T18
Lucy Li *
+2
73
71
144
T18
Madelene Sagstrom *
+2
71
73
144
T28
Matilda Castren *
+3
74
71
145
T28
In Gee Chun *
+3
75
70
145
T28
Ally Ewing
+3
71
74
145
T28
Gaby Lopez *
+3
72
73
145
T28
Yealimi Noh *
+3
76
69
145
T28
Amy Olson
+3
73
72
145
T28
Emily Kristine Pedersen
+3
71
74
145
T28
Patty Tavatanakit *
+3
75
70
145
T36
Celine Boutier
+4
72
74
146
T36
Jenny Coleman *
+4
73
73
146
T36
Brooke M. Henderson *
+4
68
78
146
T36
Lydia Ko *
+4
71
75
146
T36
Jessica Korda
+4
72
74
146
T36
Minjee Lee
+4
73
73
146
T36
Xiyu Lin
+4
72
74
146
T36
Yu Liu
+4
74
72
146
T36
Maria Parra *
+4
72
74
146
T36
So Yeon Ryu
+4
74
72
146
T36
Lauren Stephenson
+4
70
76
146
T47
Pajaree Anannarukarn *
+5
76
71
147
T47
Na Yeon Choi
+5
75
72
147
T47
Rachel Heck (a)
+5
75
72
147
T47
Celine Herbin
+5
73
74
147
T47
Lee-Anne Pace *
+5
76
71
147
T47
Lizette Salas *
+5
72
75
147
T47
Jenny Shin
+5
72
75
147
T47
Luna Sobron Galmes
+5
71
76
147
T47
Jasmine Suwannapura *
+5
73
74
147
T47
Ayako Uehara
+5
76
71
147
T47
Amy Yang *
+5
74
73
147
T47
Angel Yin *
+5
68
79
147
T59
Brittany Altomare
+6
74
74
148
T59
Carlota Ciganda *
+6
72
76
148
T59
Hannah Green
+6
73
75
148
T59
Leonie Harm (a) *
+6
73
75
148
T59
Muni He *
+6
72
76
148
T59
Pernilla Lindberg *
+6
76
72
148
T59
Giulia Molinaro
+6
74
74
148
T59
Anna Nordqvist *
+6
75
73
148
CUT
Ashleigh Buhai
+7
74
75
149
CUT
Kristen Gillman
+7
72
77
149
CUT
Eun-Hee Ji
+7
75
74
149
CUT
Minami Katsu
+7
76
73
149
CUT
A Lim Kim
+7
79
70
149
CUT
Pornanong Phatlum
+7
72
77
149
CUT
Sarah Schmelzel
+7
72
77
149
CUT
Hinako Shibuno
+7
73
76
149
CUT
Tiffany Chan
+8
74
76
150
CUT
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
+8
77
73
150
CUT
Haylee Harford
+8
75
75
150
CUT
Moriya Jutanugarn
+8
78
72
150
CUT
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
+8
76
74
150
CUT
Karolin Lampert
+8
80
70
150
CUT
Isabella McCauley (a)
+8
80
70
150
CUT
Stephanie Meadow
+8
76
74
150
CUT
Sophia Popov
+8
76
74
150
CUT
Angela Stanford
+8
74
76
150
CUT
Paula Creamer
+9
75
76
151
CUT
Georgia Hall
+9
77
74
151
CUT
Christina Kim
+9
75
76
151
CUT
Brittany Lang
+9
75
76
151
CUT
Mirim Lee
+9
73
78
151
CUT
Da Yeon Lee
+9
76
75
151
CUT
Claire Choi (a)
+10
75
77
152
CUT
Cristie Kerr
+10
73
79
152
CUT
Aline Krauter (a)
+10
76
76
152
CUT
Emily Mahar (a)
+10
77
75
152
CUT
Momoka Miyake
+10
76
76
152
CUT
Azahara Munoz
+10
75
77
152
CUT
Sarah Jane Smith
+10
78
74
152
CUT
Alexandra Swayne (a)
+10
77
75
152
CUT
Kelly Tan
+10
79
73
152
CUT
Amari Avery (a)
+11
76
77
153
CUT
Amelia Garvey (a)
+11
74
79
153
CUT
Wei-Ling Hsu
+11
78
75
153
CUT
Charley Hull
+11
75
78
153
CUT
Kim Kaufman
+11
74
79
153
CUT
Gina Kim (a)
+11
76
77
153
CUT
Nelly Korda
+11
78
75
153
CUT
Jaclyn Laha (a)
+11
77
76
153
CUT
Rebecca Lee-Bentham
+11
76
77
153
CUT
Caroline Masson
+11
79
74
153
CUT
Kaitlyn Papp (a)
+11
76
77
153
CUT
Allie White
+11
75
78
153
CUT
Cheyenne Woods
+11
79
74
153
CUT
Ssu-Chia Cheng
+12
77
77
154
CUT
Tsai Ching Tseng (a)
+12
76
78
154
CUT
Hikari Kawamitsu
+12
73
81
154
CUT
Mi Hyang Lee
+12
75
79
154
CUT
Bohyun Park (a)
+12
76
78
154
CUT
Ana Peláez Triviño (a)
+12
76
78
154
CUT
Karoline Tuttle (a)
+12
76
78
154
CUT
Michelle Wie West
+12
74
80
154
CUT
Ruoning Yin (a)
+12
81
73
154
CUT
Ingrid Gutierrez Nunez
+13
78
77
155
CUT
Mi Jung Hur
+13
79
76
155
CUT
Elizabeth Szokol
+13
77
78
155
CUT
Britney Yada
+13
78
77
155
CUT
Jo-Hua Hung (a)
+14
76
80
156
CUT
Tsubasa Kajitani (a)
+14
77
79
156
CUT
Cheyenne Knight
+14
76
80
156
CUT
Kim Metraux
+14
80
76
156
CUT
Sung Hyun Park
+14
77
79
156
CUT
Jennifer Song
+14
78
78
156
CUT
Rose Zhang (a)
+14
76
80
156
CUT
Daniela Darquea
+15
78
79
157
CUT
Sarah Kemp
+15
78
79
157
CUT
Chihiro Kogure (a)
+15
79
78
157
CUT
Louise Stahle
+15
79
78
157
CUT
Addie Baggarly (a)
+16
81
77
158
CUT
Haley Moore
+16
81
77
158
CUT
Hee Young Park
+16
78
80
158
CUT
Linnea Strom
+16
79
79
158
CUT
Kathleen Scavo
+17
80
79
159
CUT
Natalie Srinivasan
+17
78
81
159
CUT
Emma Talley
+17
76
83
159
CUT
Chloe Kovelesky (a)
+20
81
81
162
CUT
Natsumi Nakanishi
+21
76
87
163
CUT
Monica Vaughn (a)
+21
79
84
163
CUT
Leigha Devine (a)
+22
86
78
164
CUT
Noemie Pare (a)
+22
80
84
164
CUT
Aneka Seumanutafa (a)
+22
84
80
164
CUT
Jensen Castle (a)
+23
86
79
165
CUT
Amanda Linner (a)
+24
85
81
166
CUT
Nicole Garcia
+25
80
87
167
CUT
Alyssa Lamoureux (a)
+25
84
83
167
CUT
Minori Nagano (a)
+25
80
87
167
CUT
Abbey Daniel (a)
+29
81
90
171
WD
Megan Osland
+19
90
90
* Player started on the back nine
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