U.S. Women's Open: Inbee Park Halfway to History

By Carl Conrad
Inbee Park U.S. Womens Open
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Apparently second place after one round wasn’t good enough for Inbee Park so she decided to exert her dominance in the second round of the U.S. Women’s Open. She fired a four under par 68 in the second round to move to nine under for the tournament and is now two shots clear of I.K. Kim. This is not a good sign for the field, as it looks likes Park is intent on distancing herself from the pacl.

She’s now halfway to history, looking to tie Babe Zaharias’ feat of winning the first three majors of the year. In Zaharias’ time, however, there were only three majors, she took home the grand slam in 1950. “It’s tough not to think about that,” Park said. “I just try to think that it’s not a big deal. If I want to do it so much, it’s just too tough, and it puts too much pressure on you. So, I try not to think about it too much.”

Park’s dominance has definitely gotten to her playing partners Stacy Lewis, who is three over par for the tournament, and Suzann Pettersen, who is 10 over and missed the cut. It’s not as if the other two in Park’s group are weekend hackers, either, they are the second and third ranked players in the world. “It’s frustrating because she is not exactly knocking the flags down,” Lewis said. “She is making putts off the edge of the greens, ones that you wouldn’t expect her to make. It’s definitely frustrating for us watching.”

When you are able to frustrate your partners on the golf course with how well you are playing, things are looking good. I fully expect Park to distance herself from the field in the third round and then coast home to victory on Sunday.

Carl Conrad is the Senior Golf Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.

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