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June 29, 2013

Park leads at foggy US Women's Open

Fred Couples surging at Senior Players Championship.

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. On Friday, the setup and the conditions were more what they expected: The wind picked up and some pins were tucked into uncomfortable spots.

Then the mist started rolling in off the Great Peconic Bay late in the afternoon session. Park couldn’t see her tee shot past about 150 yards on No. 18, but she just wanted to finish up to get some rest.

Of the other players to complete the round, Lizette Salas was third at 4 under after a 72. Fellow Americans Angela Stanford and Jessica Korda were another stroke back. Stanford had a 68, and Korda shot 71.

AT&T NATIONAL

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.

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