SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — I.K. Kim led the U.S. Women's Open after the morning session of the second round Friday.
The South Korean shot a 3-under 69 for a 7-under total. Ha-Neul Kim, the first-round leader, had a 77 to fall back to 1 under.
Top-ranked Inbee Park, who came in at 5 under, is playing the afternoon session. Park is trying to make history by winning the year's first three majors. No one has ever done that in a season with at least four majors.
American Lizette Salas shot a 72 to stay at 4 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. Open standards. On Friday, the setup and the conditions were more what they expected: The winds picked up and some pins were tucked into uncomfortable spots.
"Anything under par I thought was going to be a great score," I.K. Kim said.
She seems to thrive under the demands of this tournament. Kim finished in third or fourth place three straight years from 2008 to '10.
But the closest she came to a major title came last year at the Kraft Nabisco — one foot away, to be exact. Needing just a short putt to clinch the championship, Kim watched the ball lip out on the 18th hole. She went on to lose in a playoff.
"Everybody has ups and downs," Kim said. "Definitely finishing top five in the U.S. Open is not a bad place. But there's times that I was disappointed. I just have a faith — if you do your best, everything is going to be OK."
Kim is off to a consistent start this year, with six top-10 finishes in 12 starts. She's been undaunted so far at Sebonack, making five birdies and two bogeys Friday.
"But it's still a U.S. Open," Kim said. "There is a lot of golf to play — you never know what is going to happen. That is the beauty of major championships."
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