Free-swinging Sung Hyun Park fired seven birdies in a six-under par 66 on Friday to grab a two-stroke lead after two rounds of the US Women's Open at CordeValle in San Martin, California.

Park, playing in her first US Open, took advantage of benign morning conditions and vaulted to the top of the leaderboard on eight-under 136, two strokes in front of compatriots Amy Yang and  Mirim Lee with world No 1 Lydia Ko lurking just a further stroke back.

"I didn't even think about winning because this is the first time for me," said the 22-year-old Park, a five-time winner on the Korean LPGA Tour who has played three LPGA Tour events this year.

"I would like more experience with the USGA, LPGA. But I'm trying to enjoy this tournament. That's why I am just more comfortable, don't even think about the winning, I just enjoy the play. That's why it happened today."

Park's seven birdies included four in six holes on the back nine. Her lone bogey came at the 17th, where she was unable to get up and down from a greenside bunker.

She was also in trouble at 18, finding a hazard off the tee but rolling in a 15-footer to save par and walk off the green tied with overnight leader Lee – whose second-round 74 was 10 strokes higher than her record-equalling opening round of eight-under.

Lee's difficult day included a double-bogey six at the par-four 10th, but she stayed in touch alongside Yang, who carded a 71.

PUTTS ROLL FOR KO

New Zealand's Ko rebounded from a one-over par first round, shaking off a bogey at the first to grab seven birdies the rest of the way – including four in a row starting at the third.

She was tied on 139 with Japan's Haru Nomura, who had four birdies in her 69.

"I got some putts rolling," Ko said. "My birdie on three kind of turned the round around and making the string of birdies definitely helped.

"Just to know that this is the first time I was under par for the tournament kind of put myself in a positive position. I just tried to enjoy it out there."

Still just 19, Ko is seeking a third major title. Last year she became the youngest woman to win a major with her triumph at the Evian Championship, and she added her second at the ANA Inspiration this year.

She came close again in the Women's PGA Championship last month, falling in a playoff to Canadian phenom Brooke Henderson.

"I think the more I play, I think the more I get used to it, especially at these majors where the courses are tough," Ko said. "You need to stay patient. I think that's the big key I've been learning, just keep my head high and just enjoy it out here."

Henderson, 18, was grouped with Ko in a battle of teen titans in the first two rounds. She followed up a first-round 76 with a one-under 71 that left her three-over, part of a big group that also included world No 4 Lexi Thompson.

Thompson, who played with Ko and Henderson, signed for a 73.

 

POS

  GOLFERTRKCNTSCORETHRUTODAYR1R2R3R4TOTAL 
1  
Sung Hyun Park
  KOR -8 F -6 70 66 - - 136  
T2  
Mirim Lee
  KOR -6 F 2 64 74 - - 138  
T2  
Amy Yang
  KOR -6 F -1 67 71 - - 138  
T4  
Lydia Ko
  NZL -5 F -6 73 66 - - 139  
T4  
Haru Nomura
  JPN -5 F -3 70 69 - - 139  
T6  
Eun-Hee Ji
  KOR -4 F -1 69 71 - - 140  
T6  
Danielle Kang
  USA -4 F -3 71 69 - - 140  
T6  
Jessica Korda
  USA -4 F -2 70 70 - - 140  
T6  
Kelly Tan
  MYS -4 F E 68 72 - - 140  
T10  
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
  ENG -3 F -1 70 71 - - 141  
T10  
Maude-Aimee Leblanc
  CAN -3 F -3 72 69 - - 141  
T10  
Mo Martin
  USA -3 F -2 71 70 - - 141  
T10  
Sydnee Michaels
  USA -3 F E 69 72 - - 141  
T10  
Angela Stanford
  USA -3 F -2 71 70 - - 141  
T15  
Cristie Kerr
  USA -2 F 3 67 75 - - 142  
T15  
Minjee Lee
  AUS -2 F 3 67 75 - - 142  
T15  
Anna Nordqvist
  SWE -2 F 2 68 74 - - 142  
T15  
Gerina Piller
  USA -2 F E 70 72 - - 142  
T15  
Alena Sharp
  CAN -2 F E 70 72 - - 142  
T20  
Hye Jin Choi
  KOR -1 F -1 72 71 - - 143  
T20  
Sei Young Kim
  KOR -1 F -4 75 68 - - 143  
T20  
Brittany Lang
  USA -1 F 3 68 75 - - 143  
T20  
Pernilla Lindberg
  SWE -1 F 1 70 73 - - 143  
T20  
Gaby Lopez
  MEX -1 F E 71 72 - - 143  
T20  
Kris Tamulis
  USA -1 F E 71 72 - - 143  
T26  
Chella Choi
  KOR E F -3 75 69 - - 144  
T26  
Ha Na Jang
  KOR E F -1 73 71 - - 144  
T26  
Ryann O'Toole
  USA E F 1 71 73 - - 144  
T29  
Ariya Jutanugarn
  THA 1 F 3 70 75 - - 145  
T29  
Kim Kaufman
  USA 1 F -2 75 70 - - 145  
T29  
Christina Kim
  USA 1 F 3 70 75 - - 145  
T29  
Stacy Lewis
  USA 1 F 2 71 74 - - 145  
T29  
Lee Lopez
  USA 1 F E 73 72 - - 145  
T29  
Catriona Matthew
  SCO 1 F E 73 72 - - 145  
T29  
Gwladys Nocera
  FRA 1 F 1 72 73 - - 145  
T29  
Hee Young Park
  KOR 1 F 3 70 75 - - 145  
T29  
Ayaka Watanabe
  JPN 1 F -1 74 71 - - 145  
T38  
Moriya Jutanugarn
  THA 2 F 5 69 77 - - 146  
T38  
Hyo Joo Kim
  KOR 2 F 1 73 73 - - 146  
T38  
Mi Hyang Lee
  KOR 2 F 2 72 74 - - 146  
T38  
Xi Yu Lin
  CHN 2 F 1 73 73 - - 146  
T38  
Caroline Masson
  DEU 2 F 1 73 73 - - 146  
T38  
Suzann Pettersen
  NOR 2 F 2 72 74 - - 146  
T38  
Kelly Shon
  USA 2 F 1 73 73 - - 146  
T38  
Christine Song
  USA 2 F E 74 72 - - 146  
T38  
Karrie Webb
  AUS 2 F 1 73 73 - - 146  
T38  
Sakura Yokomine
  JPN 2 F 3 71 75 - - 146  
T48  
Sun Ju Ahn
  KOR 3 F 1 74 73 - - 147  
T48  
Q Baek
  KOR 3 F 1 74 73 - - 147  
T48  
Nicole Broch Larsen
  DNK 3 F 1 74 73 - - 147  
T48  
Brooke Henderson
  CAN 3 F -1 76 71 - - 147  
T48  
Sue Kim
  CAN 3 F -1 76 71 - - 147  
T48  
Brittany Lincicome
  USA 3 F E 75 72 - - 147  
T48  
Hannah O'Sullivan
  USA 3 F 3 72 75 - - 147  
T48  
So Yeon Ryu
  KOR 3 F 4 71 76 - - 147  
T48  
Madelene Sagstrom
  SWE 3 F -3 78 69 - - 147  
T48  
Lexi Thompson
  USA 3 F 1 74 73 - - 147  
T48  
Yani Tseng
    3 F 3 72 75 - - 147  
T48  
Albane Valenzuela
  CHE 3 F 3 72 75 - - 147  
T60  
Amy Anderson
  USA 4 F 5 71 77 - - 148  
T60  
Paula Creamer
  USA 4 F 2 74 74 - - 148  
T60  
Shanshan Feng
  CHN 4 F 2 74 74 - - 148  
T60  
Erina Hara
  JPN 4 F 5 71 77 - - 148  
T60  
Nelly Korda
  USA 4 F 4 72 76 - - 148  
T60  
Teresa Lu
    4 F 2 74 74 - - 148  
T60  
Pornanong Phatlum
  THA 4 F 6 70 78 - - 148  
T60  
Sophia Popov
  DEU 4 F 5 71 77 - - 148  
T60  
Morgan Pressel
  USA 4 F 3 73 75 - - 148  
T60  
Beatriz Recari
  ESP 4 F -2 78 70 - - 148  
T60  
Lizette Salas
  USA 4 F 6 70 78 - - 148  
T60  
Jenny Shin
  KOR 4 F 5 71 77 - - 148  
T60  
Jennifer Song
  USA 4 F 1 75 73 - - 148  
The following players did not make the cut.
CUT  
Beth Allen
  USA 5 F 3 74 75 - - 149  
CUT  
Pei-Yun Chien
    5 F 5 72 77 - - 149  
CUT  
Austin Ernst
  USA 5 F 2 75 74 - - 149  
CUT  
Charley Hull
  ENG 5 F 3 74 75 - - 149  
CUT  
Karine Icher
  FRA 5 F E 77 72 - - 149  
CUT  
In-Kyung Kim
  KOR 5 F -1 78 71 - - 149  
CUT  
Leona Maguire
  IRL 5 F 3 74 75 - - 149  
CUT  
Mika Miyazato
  JPN 5 F 6 71 78 - - 149  
CUT  
Robynn Ree
  USA 5 F 2 75 74 - - 149  
CUT  
Michelle Wie
  USA 5 F 2 75 74 - - 149  
CUT  
Sandra Changkija
  USA 6 F 3 75 75 - - 150  
CUT  
In Gee Chun
  KOR 6 F 5 73 77 - - 150  
CUT  
Mi Jung Hur
  KOR 6 F 4 74 76 - - 150  
CUT  
Bo-Mee Lee
  KOR 6 F 2 76 74 - - 150  
CUT  
Mika Liu
  USA 6 F 3 75 75 - - 150  
CUT  
Maria McBride
  SWE 6 F 5 73 77 - - 150  
CUT  
Azahara Munoz
  ESP 6 F 5 73 77 - - 150  
CUT  
Pamela Pretswell
  SCO 6 F 3 75 75 - - 150  
CUT  
Ashleigh Simon
  ZAF 6 F 4 74 76 - - 150  
CUT  
Marina Alex
  USA 7 F E 79 72 - - 151  
CUT  
Na Yeon Choi
  KOR 7 F 5 74 77 - - 151  
CUT  
Julia Engstrom
  SWE 7 F 7 72 79 - - 151  
CUT  
Sandra Gal
  DEU 7 F 2 77 74 - - 151  
CUT  
Jaye Marie Green
  USA 7 F 3 76 75 - - 151  
CUT  
Wei-Ling Hsu
    7 F 5 74 77 - - 151  
CUT  
Candie Kung
    7 F 4 75 76 - - 151  
CUT  
Camilla Lennarth
  SWE 7 F 3 76 75 - - 151  
CUT  
Ayaka Matsumori
  JPN 7 F 1 78 73 - - 151  
CUT  
Emi Sato
  JPN 7 F 5 74 77 - - 151  
CUT  
Jackie Stoelting
  USA 7 F 3 76 75 - - 151  
CUT  
Hannah Wood
  USA 7 F 6 73 78 - - 151  
CUT  
Jing Yan
  CHN 7 F 8 71 80 - - 151  
CUT  
Sun Young Yoo
  KOR 7 F 2 77 74 - - 151  
CUT  
Carlota Ciganda
  ESP 8 F 3 77 75 - - 152  
CUT  
Cydney Clanton
  USA 8 F 5 75 77 - - 152  
CUT  
Su-Hyun Oh
  AUS 8 F 5 75 77 - - 152  
CUT  
Shiho Oyama
  JPN 8 F 4 76 76 - - 152  
CUT  
Lee-Anne Pace
  ZAF 8 F 2 78 74 - - 152  
CUT  
Melissa Reid
  ENG 8 F 2 78 74 - - 152  
CUT  
Lauren Stephenson
  USA 8 F 3 77 75 - - 152  
CUT  
Megan Khang
  USA 9 F 2 79 74 - - 153  
CUT  
Alison Lee
  USA 9 F 7 74 79 - - 153  
CUT  
Min Lee
    9 F 6 75 78 - - 153  
CUT  
Se Ri Pak
  KOR 9 F 8 73 80 - - 153  
CUT  
Jane Park
  USA 9 F 9 72 81 - - 153  
CUT  
Mariajo Uribe
  COL 9 F 5 76 77 - - 153  
CUT  
Ssu-Chia Cheng
    10 F 3 79 75 - - 154  
CUT  
Allisen S Corpuz
  USA 10 F 4 78 76 - - 154  
CUT  
Olivia Cowan
  DEU 10 F 1 81 73 - - 154  
CUT  
Spencer Heller
  USA 10 F 8 74 80 - - 154  
CUT  
Kotone Hori
  JPN 10 F 7 75 79 - - 154  
CUT  
Paula Hurtado
  COL 10 F 6 76 78 - - 154  
CUT  
Caroline Inglis
  USA 10 F 10 72 82 - - 154  
CUT  
Taylor Kim
  CAN 10 F 7 75 79 - - 154  
CUT  
Ilhee Lee
  KOR 10 F 10 72 82 - - 154  
CUT  
Rinko Mitsunaga
  USA 10 F 6 76 78 - - 154  
CUT  
Haeran Ryu
  KOR 10 F 8 74 80 - - 154  
CUT  
Liv Cheng
  NZL 11 F 2 81 74 - - 155  
CUT  
Marissa Chow
  USA 11 F 3 80 75 - - 155  
CUT  
Alexandra Kaui
  USA 11 F 7 76 79 - - 155  
CUT  
Jennifer Kupcho
  USA 11 F 6 77 78 - - 155  
CUT  
Angel Yin
  USA 11 F 7 76 79 - - 155  
CUT  
Nannette Hill
  USA 12 F 6 78 78 - - 156  
CUT  
Jade Schaeffer
  FRA 12 F 6 78 78 - - 156  
CUT  
Yoon-Ji Cho
    13 F 6 79 78 - - 157  
CUT  
Naomi Eun Young Ko
  CAN 13 F 11 74 83 - - 157  
CUT  
Erica Shepherd
  USA 13 F 3 82 75 - - 157  
CUT  
Valentine Derrey
  FRA 14 F 8 78 80 - - 158  
CUT  
Yan Liu
  CHN 14 F 12 74 84 - - 158  
CUT  
Bailey Tardy
  USA 14 F 9 77 81 - - 158  
CUT  
Julie Yang
  KOR 14 F 6 80 78 - - 158  
CUT  
Julieta Granada
  PRY 15 F 9 78 81 - - 159  
CUT  
Yu-Sang Hou
    15 F 4 83 76 - - 159  
CUT  
Sierra Brooks
  USA 16 F 8 80 80 - - 160  
CUT  
Chih-Min Chen
    16 F 4 84 76 - - 160  
CUT  
Miriam Nagl
  BRA 16 F 4 84 76 - - 160  
CUT  
Jung-Min Lee
  KOR 18 F 11 79 83 - - 162  
CUT  
Hannah Burke
  ENG 19 F 12 79 84 - - 163  
CUT  
Chika Sawada
  JPN 19 F 5 86 77 - - 163  
CUT  
Yunjie Zhang
  CHN 19 F 10 81 82 - - 163  
CUT  
Sandra Angulo Minarro
  MEX 20 F 9 83 81 - - 164  
CUT  
Kasey Petty
  USA 20 F 11 81 83 - - 164  
CUT  
Anna Hack
  USA 21 F 13 80 85 - - 165  
CUT  
Karah Sanford
  USA 21 F 8 85 80 - - 165
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