Jun 5th, 2021
Mel Reid remains in the hunt at The U.S. Women's Open
English player in sixth as Yuka Saso leads into the weekend
Words: Golf Punk Photography: USGA
19-year-old Saso fired six birdies in a four-under-par 67 on Friday to grab a one-shot lead over former champion Jeon-Geun Lee6.
The teenager from the Philippines who is a past winner on the Japan LPGA tour birdied her final hole, the par three eight to sit on six-under going into the weekend.
Lee6, whose only LPGA tour title is her win in this event in 2019 finished strongly with three birdies in her last four holes for a four-under 67, five-under for the tournament.
"I love playing golf and am just thankful that I'm here," said Suso after her round.
"The course is not that easy but with my focus, attention and efforts, I think I can do better."
Mel Reid who shared the overnight leader with teenage amateur Megha Ganne found the going somewhat tougher on day two. The 33-year-old dropped three shots on the back nine to be round in two-over and sit on two-under overall.
"It was tough today. It was cold. It was definitely colder. It kind of I just felt a little bit of a nick in my back a little bit on the back nine," Reid said of her struggles.
"I was just trying to make the best swing possible. Didn't hit it as good today. I know exactly what I'm doing, so that's fine."
17-year-old Ganne, impressed again on day two held handling the damp, cold conditions to card an even-par 71 and a share of third on four-under alongside Megan Khang (70).
China's Feng Shanshan was a further stroke back after a 70 for 139.
Meanwhile, the English trio of Jodi Ewart Shadoff (eight-over), Georgia Hall (nine-over) and Charley Hull (eleven-over) all missed the halfway cut and as did Northern Ireland's Stephanie Meadow (eight-over).