Saso leads, fellow teen Ganne 2 back at Open


SAN FRANCISCO — The calculus homework awaiting Megha Ganne may need to attend a pair extra days to get finished. The 17-year-old novice has extra urgent enterprise this weekend on the U.S. Girls’s Open.

Ganne adopted up a powerful opening spherical by taking pictures an even-par 71 within the second spherical on the Olympic Membership on Friday and heads into the weekend two pictures off the tempo set by fellow teenager Yuka Saso.

The highschool junior from New Jersey held the lead after the morning rounds solely to observe the 19-year-old Saso from the Philippines cross her with birdies on two of the final 4 holes. Ganne hopes that may purchase her some additional time on that calculus homework and a shoutout on Twitter from New Jersey governor Phil Murphy might assist her trigger.

“I do not understand how I will handle to suit that into my schedule within the subsequent few days,” she stated. “Hopefully, my instructor offers me a bit bit extra time to try this. It is onerous to steadiness each.”

Saso adopted up a 69 on Thursday by taking pictures 67 within the second spherical thanks partly to a powerful par save after a tee shot into the deep tough on her third to final gap of the day.

“If I am going within the tough, my mindset is simply to go for the golf green,” Saso stated. “I imply, it is actually lengthy and sticky. It is actually onerous to get on from it. However yeah, I am glad that I am a bit bit good out of it.”

Jeongeun Lee6, the 2019 champion from South Korea, birdied three of her remaining 4 holes to shoot 67 and end one shot behind Saso on the Lake Course.

American Megan Khang birdied the par-5 seventeenth to get right into a tie for third with Ganne at 4 beneath.

“Every day is extra thrilling, extra nerve-racking,” Khang stated. “I like to have a look at it as embracing it as a result of you may’t actually shrink back from it. it’ll occur. It is inevitable. I really like these type of emotions, and I positively for positive know the course goes to offer us its greatest and we’ll have to offer our greatest.”

Shanshan Feng of China was one again at 3 beneath after a 70. First-round co-leader Mel Reid bogeyed three of her remaining 5 holes and was in a three-way tie for sixth with Lexi Thompson and Inbee Park at 2 beneath.

Reid stated the comparatively chilly climate within the 50s gave her issues along with her again and palms on the ultimate holes.

“Residing in Florida it is made me gentle, clearly, as a result of if I used to be in England I in all probability would not be having these points, so I’ve change into a little bit of a Floridian softy,” she stated.

Park shot a 69 for her file twenty fifth profession spherical beneath par at a U.S. Girls’s Open, breaking a tie with Beth Daniel and Betsy King.

Ganne, who wanted a playoff simply to qualify for her second U.S. Girls’s Open, obtained off to a little bit of a sluggish begin along with her early morning tee time that introduced San Francisco fog that made the course play even longer than typical. She began on the ninth gap and bogeyed Nos. 12 and 15 earlier than getting on observe with a virtually 20-foot birdie on the par-5 sixteenth.

After a second bogey at 18, she closed sturdy by making an extended birdie on No. 1 after which one other birdie on the par-4 seventh gap that she punctuated with a fist pump. She then spent her time ready to hit her tee shot on her remaining gap repeatedly bouncing a ball on her membership, exhibiting few indicators of nerves in entrance of a crowd a lot greater than her typical ones as an novice.

“That was the largest gallery we have seen and she or he was unfazed by it,” stated her father, Hari Ganne.

Ganne’s mom, Sudha, stated her daughter has at all times loved being on middle stage ever since enjoying the position of the Queen of Hearts in an “Alice in Wonderland” play as a younger youngster.

“I find it irresistible a lot,” Megha Ganne stated. “I want each occasion I had a gallery watching me as a result of it simply makes me play higher, I believe. And I really like being within the highlight, so it has been actually enjoyable.”

Ganne’s tee shot on her remaining gap went previous the inexperienced however she managed to avoid wasting par with a tough 10-foot putt.

“It was a difficult putt,” she stated. “I simply wished to get it began on line. On the opening earlier than that I made a birdie, so I wasn’t too apprehensive if I made a bogey on the final one, however I am glad it fell.”

Defending champion A Lim Kim of South Korea adopted up a gap 79 by taking pictures 70 on Friday and missed the reduce. Michelle Wie West, the 2014 champion, shot an 80 to go to 12 over and will not play on the weekend.

American Sarah Burnham shot a 66 for one of the best spherical of the week and was even par.

Jessica Kupcho made the thirty second hole-in-one in U.S. Girls’s Open historical past on the 134-yard par-3 thirteenth gap and shot 73 to move into the weekend at 1 over.


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