EDINA, Minn. Halfway across the country, this U.S. Women's Open must look familiar to Angela Park. She was in the lead after 36 holes of a tournament again delayed by storms, and Cristie Kerr was moving quickly up the leaderboard.
The 19-year-old Park found a smooth putting stroke to go with her pretty swing Friday at Interlachen, posting a 6-under 67 well before the lightning and rain forced a 2 1/2-hour delay. Just like last year at Pine Needles, the lead held up.
Helen Alfredsson bogeyed the 16th hole as the sun dipped behind the trees, settling for a 71 that left her one shot behind, along with Minea Blomqvist of Finland and In-Bee Park, who each had 69.
The threat might be Kerr, the defending champion, looking confident as ever on a course that feels like home. She was within one shot of the lead and twice threatened with birdies until a fly distracted her on the ninth tee and she hit into the woods, leading to bogey. Even so, she shot a 70 and was just two shots behind along with Jeong Jang (69), Paula Creamer (72) and Candie Kung (72).
The 36 players who failed to finish before darkness included Michelle Wie, who tried to rally from an 81 but made bogeys she couldn't afford after the rain delay. She was 2 over for the round, 10 over for the tournament, and had to return Saturday to play one hole. The cut was assured of being 4-over 150 because of the 10-shot rule.
Park made sure of that with a burst of birdies early in her round, a 5-wood into 30 feet for an eagle on No. 2, and only one bogey on an otherwise flawless day. She was at 6-under 140, the second straight year she held the 36-hole lead.
Annika Sorenstam was five strokes behind after a 70, and Lorena Ochoa was seven shots back after a 74.
BUICK OPEN: At Grand Blanc, Mich., Bo Van Pelt shot a 6-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead over Daniel Chopra and Dudley Hart in the Buick Open. Van Pelt, winless on the PGA Tour, was a career-best 14-under 130 through 36 holes at Warwick Hills. He missed out on his best chance to win for the first time in seven PGA Tour seasons at the Puerto Rico Open, where he led for three-plus rounds before losing by a stroke to first-time winner Greg Kraft. Chopra shot a 67, and Hart had a 68. Woody Austin (67) was another stroke back along with Matt Jones (63).
CHAMPIONS TOUR: At East Meadow, N.Y., Loren Roberts made a 45-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to cap a 6-under 65 and a one-stroke lead in the Commerce Bank Championship. It was the second straight year Roberts held the first-round lead in the Champions Tour event on the Red Course at Eisenhower Park. And befitting a summer Friday on Long Island, there was quite a traffic jam behind him on the leaderboard. Gene Jones and Greg Hickman, who has caddied for Jones on the Champions Tour, had 66s to share second place. Defending champion Lonnie Nielsen was among five players at 67.
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) England's David Lynn holed a bunker shot for birdie on the final hole for a 6-under 65 and a share of the second-round lead in the French Open with Spanish qualifier Pablo Larrazabal.
Lynn and Larrazabal (70) had 7-under 135 totals on Le Golf National's Albatross Course. England's Lee Westwood (68), Scotland's Colin Montgomerie (68), Spain's Ignacio Garrido (69), Argentina's Angel Cabrera (70) and Ireland's Peter Lawrie (71) were tied for third.