The Marathon Classic Hits a Weather Snag


What do the Marathon Classic presented by Corning & I-O and The Open Championship have in common?  Three things: bad weather, injured players, and sartorial excess!

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With two weather delays and approaching darkness the second round at the Marathon Classic was suspended and, like The Open Championship, will be completed Saturday morning before the 3rd round can begin.  In golf, some things are just beyond the control of the Committee.

While the rest of her competitors finished shots with two hands still on the club, rookie Ha Na Jang finished every shot with one hand and still finished atop the leaderboard after 36 holes, considerably better than Sir Nick Faldo, who played his 2nd round at The Open with a cut on his hand that required medical attention (apparently sustained while he fondled an antler on a stuffed deer Thursday night).

Jang’s back is bothering her enough that she would squat down to retrieve her ball from the hole and couldn’t hold onto the club with both hands on the follow through of any full swing shots. Nevertheless, she finished the round with a birdie and enters the third round with the overnight lead. A 4-under-par 67 Friday moved Jang to 9-under for the tournament.

"“Body is a little bit tight, but my swing is very good because it’s just a one handed swing yesterday and today,” Jang explained. “No pressure on impact.”"

John Daly and Nick Faldo. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

If you have not watched Shanshan Feng lately, you should start. If not for the golf — but don’t discount the golf because Feng’s ranked 7th by Rolex and is going into the weekend at the Marathon Classic sharing 3rd place and trailing Jang by 3 shots —   definitely for the pants.  She’s rivaling John Daly for sartorial amazement.

It is as hard to miss Shanshan Feng’s colorfully decorated pants as it is Daley’s. Today, Feng wore red and black flower printed pants and wore pants with coffee mugs and donuts on them last tournament while Daly was sporting some equally overstated outfits on the St Andrews links this week.

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But neither of those pairs are the favorite that Shanshan dons on the first tee at tournaments.

"“I have a few more,” said Feng. “I think I like my cow pants that I wore yesterday.  I do have the cow pants and cow shorts and cow skirt, so…I have everything.”"

Feng had also trotted out her cow shorts for the US Women’s Open.

Some of the field have more serious matters on their mind — the RICOH Women’s British Open to be exact.  Although second-round play didn’t finish Friday, Dewi Claire Schreefel and Sarah Kemp both locked up spots in the season’s 4th major with a two-day total of 136. The top five scores through two days of players that weren’t currently already in the field at the RICOH Women’s British Open earned their way into the field this week and Kemp and Schreefel both locked up at least two of the five spots.

The other three spots still won’t be decided until the conclusion of the second round – and even then may go into the third round to break a potential tiebreaker.

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