Thunderstorms may have been an annoyance at the U.S. Women’s Open, but it didn’t stop Sarah Jane Smith, who extended her lead to four strokes after a second straight 5-under 67 on Friday.
Storms brought in a 2-hour, 49-minute delay, but Smith got in her round just in time.
Smith, who is at 10-under 134, enters the weekend leading a major championship, the first time she has done so, and has 36 holes down. Half of the field didn’t finish the round.
“I haven’t been in the position before, but I hope to show up like it’s another day,” Smith said (h/t ESPN). “I’m happy with the way I’m playing. I feel comfortable on the greens, which has been something that has been a little bit off lately. So, it’s nice to be able to feel like I’m seeing the greens really well and seeing some putts go in. Hopefully, that keeps going.”
Smith opened the day in a three-way tie atop the leaderboard with Jutanugarn and Korean Jeongeun6 Lee.
“She’s playing so good,” Duane Smith, Sarah’s husband and caddie, said. “Maybe years ago when she won the last event on the Futures Tour to get a card at the end of 2008. She had to win to get her card and she did and she opened up that nine holes, I think, 7-under on the front nine and then led the whole way. She played great that whole week, but this is something totally different.”
John Peterson Un-Retires from Professional Golf After Tiger Woods Performance
Former NCAA champion John Peterson, who retied from the sport of professional golf at the age of 30 in 2018, is coming out of retirement to play once again.
According to ESPN’s Bob Harig, Peterson changed his mind about his career partly due to Tiger Woods’ “inspiring” win at the Masters back on April 14th.
“Sometimes you’ve got to take a step back to realize what you had,” Peterson said, during an appearance on 104.5 FM ESPN Radio Baton Rouge .
“I was in an office for seven months, and it was fine when I started, I was paying the bills.
“Then the Masters came along and I’m watching this kid Patrick Cantlay, who in 2011 finished second to me in the national championship when he was at UCLA, and he’s finishing ninth in the Masters, it’s on TV, and I beat him, and I beat him a lot, and I’m just like, ‘Man, that could be me.’
“And then Tiger wins, with his story, it was just so inspiring, honestly. And I quit my job, seriously, the next day after the Masters.”
Peterson will have to attempt to qualify for events and then tournaments later this year.
“I’m taking a big risk, and I really don’t have any place to play right now 100 percent, so I have to qualify and stuff,” Peterson said. “I will get back. I know I will. It’s just kind of a regret watching the guys that I played with my whole life finish top-10 in the majors and just knowing I can do it.”
Play Suspended at Pebble Beach National Pro-Am 2019
Play has been suspended due to darkness during the final round of the Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Sunday with Phil Mickelson in the lead.
Mickelson currently leads the tournament at 18 under and Paul Casey owns a share of second at 15 under, with each having two more holes remaining to play.
The PGA Tour announced play will resume at 11 a.m. ET.
Pebble Beach Pro-Am Leaderboard
1. Phil Mickelson (-18) thru 16
T2. Paul Casey (-15) thru 15
T2. Scott Stallings (-15)
T4. Jason Day (-13)
T4. Si Woo Kim (-13)
6. Scott Langley (-12)
T7. Kevin Streelman (-11)
T7. Brian Gay (-11)
T7. Lucas Glover (-11)
T10. Max Homa (-10)
T10. Michael Thompson (-10)
T10. Chris Stroud (-10)
T10. Scott Piercy (-10)
U.S. Ryder Cup Team Adds Tony Finau
Tony Finau was the final pick by United States captain Jim Furyk to join the Ryder Cup team.
“There won’t be any locker room noise with me,” Finau said, according to the Associated Press (h/t ESPN). “I can play with anyone. I feel that my personality is just that way. I can bring the best out of different guys playing with them, and them the same to me. I’m pretty easy to play with. And I’m playing some good golf, some world-class golf.”
“He has an unbelievable body of work this year,” Furyk said. “All those top-10 finishes, the play in big championships and the majors, and then his current form, a second, a fourth and an eighth in the playoffs. He checked a lot of boxes and made it impossible not to pick him.”
“I never thought I was on that team until I got that call,” Finau said. “I made sure I played that way; I played like I always had something to prove. And I let the guys on the team know that I’d be a great pick and I’d be ready to go. It’s definitely cool to accomplish something like this and to be able to play as well as I have under the circumstances, it’s something I’m extremely proud of.”
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