Annie Park put on an impressive display of golf in the Dana Open, birdying seven of the last 10 holes to finish with a score of 8-under 63. Her stellar performance gave her a two-stroke lead over U.S. Women’s Open champion Allisen Corpuz, Linn Grant, and Jaravee Boonchant.
Park’s remarkable round of golf was highlighted by her strong finish. She closed her opening nine at Highland Meadows with a birdie on the 18th hole and continued her birdie spree on the front nine, recording birdies on the first four holes. She added two more birdies on holes 7 and 8, ultimately playing her final nine holes in an impressive 6-under 28. This outstanding performance led her to reach a score of 11-under 131.
Reflecting on her brilliant round, Park commented, “I just had some really good shots out there. Recovered well from bad shots. Overall, I played really well.” Park, who won the 2018 ShopRite LPGA Classic, has been focusing on valuing her good shots more and not dwelling on the bad ones.
Meanwhile, Corpuz continued her strong play following her victory at the U.S. Women’s Open. She recorded a bogey-free round of 66 for the second consecutive day. Corpuz acknowledged the fatigue from her recent success and how it has helped her handle the nerves on the course. She emphasized the need to stay focused on one shot at a time.
Linn Grant and Jaravee Boonchant, who were tied for the first-round lead with an impressive score of 64, each shot a 69 in the second round. Despite not matching their previous day’s performance, both players expressed excitement for the upcoming rounds. Grant mentioned feeling confident in her game and expressed her eagerness to play without holding back.
Several other notable players made their presence felt on the leaderboard. Twelve-time tour winner Ariya Jutanugarn finished the day at 8-under after a solid round of 69. Jeongeun Lee, Lindy Duncan, Gemma Dryburgh, Maria Fassi, Matilda Castren, Linnea Strom, and Emily Pedersen were also at 8-under. Defending champion Gaby Lopez, Lydia Ko, and Minjee Lee were part of the group at 7-under. Jin Young Ko, the top-ranked player, finished the day at 5-under following a round of 68.
Not all players had a successful second round. Rose Zhang, the former Stanford star who recently won her first LPGA Tour event as a professional, struggled with her game and missed the cut after shooting a 77, following her opening round of 66.
The Dana Open has provided plenty of excitement and impressive performances. With Annie Park leading the pack and a highly competitive field of talented golfers close behind, the remaining rounds are sure to provide intense competition and captivating golf.