Olympic Golf: Inbee Park leads at halfway point

The second round of women’s individual stroke play saw excellent scoring, with the round of the day going to Stacy Lewis of the United States, who shot a 63. Her score could have been even better had it not been for a bogey on seven and double bogey on 14. The leader after 36 holes is Inbee Park, who birdied the 18th to cap off her second straight round of 66.

Park admittedly did not strike the ball exceptionally well on Thursday, but excelled with her short game, converting six birdies with just a single bogey. Lewis, just a shot back, had five birdies on the front nine with a single bogey. Her two birdies on 11 and 13 were offset by a double bogey on 14, but she bounced back with four consecutive birdies to finish her round.

Sitting at two shots behind Inbee Park are Charley Hull of England and Brooke Henderson of Canada. Hull birdied three of the first seven holes, partially negated by a single bogey. She proceeded to run off eight consecutive pars before birdies on the final three holes. Henderson had a similar around with three birdies on the first 14 holes before rapidly climbing the leaderboard with four consecutive birdies.

Marianne Skarpnord of Norway, Nicole Broch Larsen of Denmark and Candie Kung of Chinese Tapei are three shots back. First round leader Ariya Jutanugarn struggled much of the day, finishing with an even par round and is four shots back, along with Gerina Piller of the United States, Aditi Ashok of India, Minjee Lee of Australia and In Gee Chung of South Korea.

Notables Lydia Ko of New Zealand and Lexi Thompson of the United States have yet to make serious runs and are both seven shots back at three-under par. Suzanne Pettersen of Norway is eight shots back and Anna Nordqvist of Sweden is nine behind Inbee Park.

All told, 35 players in the field are below par. Weather is not expected to be a factor this weekend, with scheduled high temperatures around 80 with moderate wind and no precipitation. Expect stellar rounds Friday and Saturday with many players still in the mix to reach the medal podium.

Kerry Kauffman
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