Shanshan Feng posted a 2-under-par 70 on Friday at Trump National Golf Club, and leads the U.S. Women’s Open by two shots after 36 holes.
The 27-year-old Chinese star is at 8-under 136, following a round which included three birdies and one bogey.
Three players are tied for second at 6-under, including Jeongeun6 Lee (69), Amy Yang (71), and amateur Hye-Jin Choi (69).
Seon Woo Bae is alone in fifth place at 5-under after a 69.
World No. 1 So Yeon Ryu (72) and 2015 Open winner In Gee Chun (70) headlined a group at 4-under. Marina Alex (70) is the top American at 3-under. Lydia Ko (73) and Brooke Henderson (71) were also at 3-under.
Brittany Lincicome, who made news by calling for President Trump to stay away from his own course, won’t have to worry about sharing the spotlight with the 45th POTUS. She missed the cut. Also missing the cut: Danielle Kang, who won the KPMG Women’s PGA two weeks ago, and World No. 2 Ariya Jutanugarn.
Speaking of Trump, he was cheered by both players and fans alike when he was spotted at the ‘president’s box’ next to the 14th green. According to reports, he “played to the crowd, waving at the fans, giving them thumbs-up and pumping his fist.”
Feng’s Second Round Scorecared
1 Shanshan Feng -8
2 Hye Jin Choi -6
2 Amy Yang -6
2 Jeongeun Lee -6
5 Seon-Woo Bae -5
6 Haru Nomura -4
6 In Gee Chun -4
6 So Yeon Ryu -4
6 Carlota Cigand -4
The Key Putt
Feng birdies the par-4 12th hole to get to 8-under.
— USGA (@USGA) July 14, 2017
“I played probably the first nine holes in the rain, but my phone told me it was going to rain all afternoon and I was prepared. I really didn’t pay attention to the weather and just concentrated on every shot. But I had a lot of 5-irons and hybrids into par-4s and a 3-wood on No. 9.”
Credit: USGA Communications, LPGA.com