Nerves are frazzled after another stoppage of play

In-Bee Park was the clubhouse leader in the Women's Open at 142 when play was suspended Friday for the second day in a row, this time by lightning.

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. - Annika Sorenstam stood in the ninth fairway next to her bag, sizing up how far she was from her final hole on a troublesome day at the U.S. Women's Open.


Then came a sound that has become all too familiar. And no, it wasn't a big cheer.

An air horn, the most annoying sound in golf, resonated across Pine Needles on Friday to signal another delay brought on by lightning. Sorenstam bowed her head and walked toward shelter.

No one hit another shot the rest of the day at a tournament that can't seem to get started.

"It's brutal," said Juli Inkster, playing in the group behind Sorenstam. "Now we have to get up at 5 in the morning to play one hole. It's just been start and stop, start and stop. And tomorrow might be worse. It's a crapshoot."

Not much changed on the leaderboard from Thursday when there was a 3-hour delay - an 18-year-old named Park was the clubhouse leader.

It was Angela Park after the first round, although she didn't hit a shot on Friday. Her good friend, In-Bee Park, bogeyed two of the final four holes for 73 that put her at even-par 142. She was one shot ahead of Kris Tamulis, who shot 71.


WEATHER WOES: For the second day in a row, play at Pine Needles was suspended. Only 25 of the 156 players finished the second round Friday.

TRYING AGAIN TODAY: The second round is to resume at 7:30 a.m., with the third round to begin as early as 3:30 p.m., after the cut is made.

THE FORECAST: Strong storms were expected into the morning.

- Associated Press



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