Hinako Shibuno over two amateurs!

The Sportspedia

Usually it is LPGA players that lead the way on LPGA majors but that is not the case in the U.S. Women’s Open so far. Hinako Shibuno (JAP), winner of the 2019 Women’s British Open and member of the LPGA Japan Tour, led the way over two amateur players: Lynn Grant (SWE) and Kaitlyn Papp (USA).

This year’s U.S. Women’s Open was held at two golf courses concurrently for the first two days but all players that made the cut will play at the Cypress Creek Golf Course tomorrow. This was made to make sure that all players have enough time to finish their rounds with enough light.

Shibuno had a good day at Jackrabbit Golf Course with six birdies and two bogeys for a total of -7 after two days. She leads the field with three strokes of advantage over the rest.

Amateur Lynn Grant (SWE) is second in -4 after two days of 69 (-2). Fellow amateur, Kaitlyn Papp (USA), trails her after days of 71 and 68. She is tied with Amy Olson (USA), who had a hole in one yesterday but was +1 today, and Megan Khang (USA), who had the early lead yesterday.

A surprising feature is that there are no Korean players in the top 10. Pre-tournament favorite Sei Young Kim (KOR) is T14 with -1, and MinYoung2 Lee (KOR), Yeongeun Lee6 (KOR), Jenny Shin (KOR) and A Lim KIM (KOR) are all T20, on par.

Some notable players that missed the +3 cut include Austin (USA, +4), Céline Boutier (FRA, +4), Nelly Korda (USA, +4), Carlota Ciganda (ESP, +4), Lexi Thompson (USA, +5), three-consecutive Ladies European Tour winner, Emily Kristine Pedersen (DEN, +5), ANA Inspiration winner, Mirim Lee (KOR, +6), Georgia Hall (ENG, +7), Jasmine Suwannapura (THA, +7), Mel Reid (ENG, +7), Angela Stanford (USA, +12), and Erika Hara (JAP, +19).