Ko back in contention

Sung Hyun Park takes early clubhouse lead at US Women's Open

She hit her second shot into the greenside bunker at the par-4 17th and then missed a short par putt for her only bogey of the round.

She is a shot clear of two Koreans, overnight leader Sung Hyun Park (74) and Eun-Hee Ji (70), with American Brittany Lang (68) and Korea's Amy Yang (73) a further stroke back.

Henderson, 18, was grouped with Ko in a battle of teen titans in the first two rounds. "I left a couple of shots out there, made a couple of mistakes on the back nine, club-wise and aiming-wise".

World number one Lydia Ko surged up the leaderboard after firing a 66 and is now in a tie for fourth with Japan's Haru Nomura on five-under.

Ko, meanwhile, moved to within one stroke of the lead early in her round, rolling in 20-foot birdie putt following Park's first bogey.

"The course is flawless now", Lee said.

SAN MARTIN-So first of all, I can not oversell just how wonderful it is to walk around Cordevalle and hear the languages being spoken and the accents of those speaking.

While contending in a major is a mostly new experience for Park, Ko is an old hat at it at the age of 19. Last month, she had the 54-hole lead at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship and was caught from behind by Brooke Henderson's 65.

"I feel like I dropped three shots there and Sarah my caddie said, 'you need to calm down. And I think we all enjoyed it".

When asked what she does the night before the final round of a major, she cracked a joke.

"I think nerves are good but I think the most nervous I've actually ever been at any tournament was this event, the U.S. Open, when I played for the first time at Blackwolf Run".

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Cappelen shot a 6-under 66 for the second day. Lee is defending champion at the Greenbrier and is donating money for every birdie ($500) and eagle ($1,000) he makes to the flood-relief efforts.

Phil Mickelson and Henrik Stenson, two of the top names in the field, made the cut after shooting rounds of 69 but were nine shots off the lead.

Matteo Manassero and Branden Grace (both 67) were in a four-way tie for fourth on 6-under overall. "In majors you are going to make mistakes and make bogeys so you just have to get over it quickly, there is always the next hole".

"I expect her to play well, you know". So I said, oh, I over read it again, huh? "It's very unfortunate that happened at West Virginia". I won the Greenbrier Classic last year there and was so looking forward to go back there and interact with a lot of fans, and people were just so nice to me last year. "I was walking a little bit and then I saw the ball drop, so it kind of took me by surprise". A bogey on 16, her second in a five-hole stretch, put her at 3-over for the tournament.

So what kind of golf course is this, what kind of championship is this, who do you trust?

South Korea's Lee Mi-Rim stormed into the outright lead by three strokes at the US Women's Open, firing a record-tying eight-under 64 in Thursday's opening round.

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