After a lackluster 1st round Park pulled a much better game out of her bag today, improved her accuracy a bit, cut her putts to 25, and carded 65. Heading in to the 3rd round, she’s at the top of the board at -8 for the tournament.
Apparently not suffering from a Solheim Hangover, Christie Kerr (USA) carded a 2nd round 66, matching her 1st round exactly and earning a share of the mid-tournament lead with Park. Kerr is playing steady, consistent, first-rate golf this weekend.
Coming in to the clubhouse 1 shot off the lead, Karine Icher (France) and Angela Stanford (USA) are sharing 3rd place on the board. The two Solheim alumnae both kept their putts below 30 although Stanford hit a major bump in the round when she doubled the par-3 16th hole.
Right behind Icher and Stanford, at 2 shots off the lead, defending champ Lydia Ko (New Zealand), Laura Davies (England), and Paula Creamer (USA) are tied at -6. Creamer’s double on the 5th hole drove her putts to 31 but Davies is playing her well-seasoned game. They’re all within easy reach of a 3rd round lead.
Solheim darling Charley Hull (England) finished today’s round 3 shots off the lead, right behind Ko, although she actually outplayed Ko in today’s round, carding a bogie-free 66, 3 shots better than Ko. What was the difference? Those pesky putts. Hull kept her round to 26, one more than Inbee Park. And that’s the fundamental difference between a good golfer and a great golfer.
The 3rd round will begin with 24 players within 5 shots of the lead set today by Inbee Park and Christi Kerr. With 36 holes to play, however, the Canadian Open is still anybody’s tournament to take.
The Golf Channel promises to broadcast the 3rd round highlights Saturday afternoon, 5:00-7:00pm, ET, and I’ll provide a wrap-up as well.