Suzann Pettersen takes lead at wind-delayed ANA Inspiration
- Author: Larry Hoffman Apr 01, 2017,
Apr 01, 2017, 18:01
Clark native Kim Kaufman was at four-over-par through 13 holes Friday when play was suspended during the second round of the Ana Inspiration at Rancho Mirage, Calif.
"I just felt like I deserved the last putt on the last there". That's all you want on this course.
Norway's Suzann Pettersen leads at seven under, with 56 players still to complete their second round. Gave myself a lot of looks.
High winds halted play on Thursday and darkness brought proceedings to an end on Friday, although Pettersen was safely in the clubhouse by then.
England's Charley Hull carded a round of 72 and is three shots off the lead after two rounds at the first women's major of the year in California.
"I played 31 holes in Thailand a few weeks ago, so compared to that, this is nothing".
"Yeah, I think I'm in a pretty good position going into tomorrow and the next day". Rookie Nelly Korda leads the pack as her back-to-back 69s put her tied for second at six-under, and three strokes ahead of sister Jessica who is T17 (-3). The 18-year-old Norda's big sister, 24-year-old Jessica, is in the hunt at 3-under 141. Bulldozers and trucks hit the Dinah Shore Course at dawn, removing a fallen tree and countless branches and leaves from the desert course.
Park, who fought through a thumb injury to win Olympic gold at the Rio Games past year, won her 18th LPGA title at the HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore in March, proving her thumb was healed and she was again ready to take on the world after a six-month break to let her injury heal. At least the wind largely calmed down and left cooler temperatures at a tournament frequently played in a stifling dry heat. Their father Petr Korda peaked at No. 2 in the world and won 10 singles titles, including 1998 Australian Open, while mother Regina was on the Czech Republic Olympic tennis team at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. Their younger brother, 16-year-old Sebastian, is a promising teenage tennis player who just reached the semifinals of the Easter Bowl USTA Junior National Spring Championship just down the road at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
"I'm like, man, one day, I wish I was as good as her", Jessica said on seeing Nelly's name at the top of the leaderboard.
Her 75-week reign as world No.1 is under threat this week from No.2 Ariya Jutanugarn.