Park Leads Fog-Shrouded Women’s Open
Southampton, n.y. — Inbee Park led the U.S. Women’s Open with the second round suspended by fog.
The top-ranked Park shot a 4-under 68 on Friday for a 9-under total to lead fellow South Korean I.K. Kim by two strokes. The horn sounded with Park on the 18th fairway, and the group finished the hole. She calmly sank a birdie putt from about 12 feet to move closer to history.
Park is seeking to win the year’s first three majors; no one has accomplished that feat in a season with at least four. She has five victories this season.
Kim shot a 69 in the morning session.
Of the players yet to finish the round, the closest, England’s Jodi Ewart Shadoff, was five strokes back with three holes to go.
Ha-Neul Kim, the first-round leader, had a 77 to fall back to 1 under.
Players were surprised Thursday to arrive at Sebonack to find the tees moved up and the weather calm — an easy course by U.S. Women’s Open standards. Yesterday, the setup and the conditions were more what they expected: The wind picked up and some pins were tucked into uncomfortable spots.
Bethesda, Md. — Jordan Spieth, playing with nothing to lose, gave himself another chance to win going into the weekend at the AT&T National.
Spieth hit every green in regulation and extended his streak to 29 holes without a bogey on a tough Congressional course, giving him a 5-under 66 and a share of the lead with Roberto Castro (69) before storms halted the second round. They were at 7-under 135, with the round to be completed Saturday morning.
Spieth is the 19-year-old Texan who started the season with no status, uncertain where he was going to play. He now has earned over $900,000 — the equivalent of being No. 39 on the PGA Tour money list — and is assured of a tour card when the new season starts in October.
Senior Players Championship
Pittsburgh — Fred Couples roared through his first 11 holes in the second round of the Senior Players Championship, ripping off seven birdies at water-logged Fox Chapel to take the lead at 11 under.
Then the weather managed to do what the defenseless course could not, stopping the Hall of Famer with a sudden downpour that suspended play for the day with most of the field still on the course.
Allen Returning to Heat
Miami — Ray Allen is returning to the Miami Heat next season.
Allen exercised his $3.2 million player option Friday, barely a week after the Heat finished off the San Antonio Spurs to win the NBA Finals in seven games. Allen made one of the biggest shots in Heat history, a 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds left in Game 6 of the finals to tie the game and force an overtime where Miami ultimately prevailed.
Allen turns 38 next month, yet still played in 102 games during the regular season and playoffs for Miami. That was the most appearances by any player in the league this past season.
Allen averaged 10.9 points in the regular season, and 10.2 points in the playoffs for the Heat.
Laud Boston in Ad
Chicago — The Chicago Blackhawks took out a full-page advertisement in The Boston Globe thanking the city and its fans.
The Blackhawks defeated the Boston Bruins on Monday to win the Stanley Cup championship. Yesterday, Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz and team chairman John McDonough ran an open letter to the Bruins and the city of Boston. In the letter, the Blackhawks extended their “heartfelt appreciation” to the Bruins and the citizens of Boston.
The Blackhawks said Boston “demonstrated respect, good sportsmanship and a genuine love for the great game of hockey.” The letter remarked on Boston’s “big heart and gracious spirit.”
The Blackhawks said Boston reminded Chicagoans of the city’s strength. Three people were killed and dozens injured when bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon in April.