Inbee Park Leads 2013 Kraft Nabisco Championship After 2nd Round; Storylines I’m Watching For The Weekend

Inbee Park (click to enlarge)

Inbee Park battled the wind as much as her fellow competitors (she said she was playing a club and a half for breeze) to take the lead at the midway point of the 2013 Kraft Nabisco Championship at 7-under. The first Major of the year has a long way to go before crowning a winner, but this could be yet another showcase to get Queen Bee some more media attention. She went down to the wire with Stacy Lewis for LPGA Player of the Year in 2012. She owns a US Women’s Open title. She has a title already this year, won in Thailand (when Ariya Jutanugarn triple bogeyed the final hole). Still, for all of that I don’t think she receives the same regard as being a rising superstar in the game. Like I said, there a long way to go before this tournament has a champion this year. Should that champion turn out to be Inbee Park, that would make her a multiple LPGA Major winner. She should get a lot more love from the media if that happens. I hope.

Pornanong Phatlum (click to enlarge)

These are by no means the most important themes, they are just some of the things I will watch closely this weekend as a fan of specific players. I am always happy to see the Thai players perform well so Pornanong Phatlum being tied for 5th is terrific, as is Moriya Jutanugarn tied for 12th. Certainly if Moriya can climb into the top 10, it would greatly help her Rookie of the Year campaign. I am also looking at Se Ri Pak tied for 8th and pull greatly for her to win KNC to complete the career Grand Slam. Se Ri currently holds 5 Majors; 3 LPGA Championships, 1 British Open and her signature US Women Open win. I also liked seeing Michelle Wie playing much better. Yes, her round was a roller coaster ride of 6 birdies and 4 bogeys, but the end result is 2-under and tied for 12th, which is a good sign for her.

PICS ARE FROM BOTH SECOND AND FIRST ROUNDS

ALL PICS CLICK TO ENLARGE

JODY EWART SHADOFF

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PAULA CREAMER

second round

first round

PORNANONG PHATLUM

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AI MIYAZATO

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MORGAN PRESSEL

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ANGELA STANFORD

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SANDRA GAL

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HEE KYUNG SEO

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HAEJI KANG

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AMY YANG

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MOMOKO UEDA

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MIKA MIYAZATO

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INBEE PARK

second round

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ANNA NORDQVIST

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LIZETTE SALAS

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NATALIE GULBIS

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NA YEON CHOI

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SE RI PAK

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MICHELLE WIE

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GIULIA SERGAS

SUZANN PETTERSEN

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Pos Name 1 2 3 4 Today Thru Total Strokes
1 Inbee Park 70 67 4:24 pm F -7 137
2 Lizette Salas 70 68 4:24 pm F -6 138
T3 Caroline Hedwall 71 68 4:15 pm F -5 139
T3 Giulia Sergas 70 69 4:15 pm F -5 139
T5 Jodi Ewart Shadoff 68 72 3:57 pm F -4 140
T5 Hee Young Park 70 70 4:06 pm F -4 140
T5 Pornanong Phatlum 71 69 4:06 pm F -4 140
T8 Anna Nordqvist 69 72 3:31 pm F -3 141
T8 Haeji Kang 72 69 3:40 pm F -3 141
T8 Jiyai Shin 70 71 3:40 pm F -3 141
T8 Se Ri Pak 72 69 3:57 pm F -3 141
T12 Moriya Jutanugarn 70 72 2:55 pm F -2 142
T12 Amy Yang 69 73 2:55 pm F -2 142
T12 Cristie Kerr 71 71 3:04 pm F -2 142
T12 Jessica Korda 70 72 3:04 pm F -2 142
T12 Hee Kyung Seo 72 70 3:13 pm F -2 142
T12 Michelle Wie 72 70 3:13 pm F -2 142
T12 Paula Creamer 74 68 3:22 pm F -2 142
T12 Karine Icher 72 70 3:22 pm F -2 142
T12 Ai Miyazato 74 68 3:31 pm F -2 142
T21 Na Yeon Choi 68 75 2:19 pm F -1 143
T21 Jane Park 70 73 2:28 pm F -1 143
T21 Suzann Pettersen 68 75 2:28 pm F -1 143
T21 Jacqui Concolino 70 73 2:37 pm F -1 143
T21 Caroline Masson 70 73 2:37 pm F -1 143
T21 Jennifer Johnson 72 71 2:46 pm F -1 143
T21 Karrie Webb 72 71 2:46 pm F -1 143
T28 Angela Stanford 70 74 1:35 pm F E 144
T28 Camilla Hedberg 72 72 1:44 pm F E 144
T28 Sarah Jane Smith 72 72 1:44 pm F E 144
T28 Eun-Hee Ji 73 71 1:53 pm F E 144
T28 Ayako Uehara 72 72 1:53 pm F E 144
T28 Stacy Lewis 73 71 2:10 pm F E 144
T28 Gerina Piller 73 71 2:10 pm F E 144
T28 So Yeon Ryu 73 71 2:19 pm F E 144
T36 Alison Walshe 71 74 1:08 pm F +1 145
T36 Cindy LaCrosse 72 73 1:17 pm F +1 145
T36 Catriona Matthew 72 73 1:17 pm F +1 145
T36 Karen Stupples 73 72 1:26 pm F +1 145
T36 Momoko Ueda 74 71 1:26 pm F +1 145
T36 Beatriz Recari 75 70 1:35 pm F +1 145
T42 Ashlan Ramsey 71 75 12:15 pm F +2 146
T42 Mina Harigae 72 74 12:32 pm F +2 146
T42 Karin Sjodin 72 74 12:32 pm F +2 146
T42 Lydia Ko 72 74 12:41 pm F +2 146
T42 Stephanie Meadow 73 73 12:41 pm F +2 146
T42 Natalie Gulbis 74 72 12:50 pm F +2 146
T42 Belen Mozo 74 72 12:50 pm F +2 146
T42 Sophie Gustafson 74 72 12:59 pm F +2 146
T42 Jee Young Lee 76 70 12:59 pm F +2 146
T42 Julieta Granada 77 69 1:08 pm F +2 146
T52 Morgan Pressel 72 75 11:48 am F +3 147
T52 Yani Tseng 72 75 11:48 am F +3 147
T52 Pernilla Lindberg 72 75 11:57 am F +3 147
T52 Paige Mackenzie 72 75 11:57 am F +3 147
T52 Christel Boeljon 74 73 12:06 pm F +3 147
T52 Chella Choi 75 72 12:06 pm F +3 147
T52 Candie Kung 75 72 12:15 pm F +3 147
T59 Ha-Neul Kim 73 75 11:12 am F +4 148
T59 Mariajo Uribe 72 76 11:12 am F +4 148
T59 I.K. Kim 75 73 11:21 am F +4 148
T59 Angel Yin 73 75 11:21 am F +4 148
T59 Carlota Ciganda 76 72 11:30 am F +4 148
T59 Mika Miyazato 76 72 11:30 am F +4 148
T59 Meena Lee 76 72 11:39 am F +4 148
T59 Lexi Thompson 76 72 11:39 am F +4 148
T67 Lindsey Wright 74 75 10:40 am F +5 149
T67 Hee-Won Han 74 75 10:45 am F +5 149
T67 Vicky Hurst 75 74 10:45 am F +5 149
T67 Maria Hjorth 75 74 10:54 am F +5 149
T67 Jenny Shin 75 74 10:54 am F +5 149
T67 Shanshan Feng 78 71 11:03 am F +5 149
T67 Mo Martin 78 71 11:03 am F +5 149
T74 Chie Arimura 75 75 MC MC 150
T74 Lindy Duncan 81 69 MC MC 150
T74 Austin Ernst 74 76 MC MC 150
T74 Veronica Felibert 73 77 MC MC 150
T74 Danielle Kang 74 76 MC MC 150
T74 Jennie Lee 77 73 MC MC 150
T74 Seon Hwa Lee 74 76 MC MC 150
T74 Sydnee Michaels 78 72 MC MC 150
T74 Azahara Munoz 76 74 MC MC 150
T74 Stacy Prammanasudh 74 76 MC MC 150
T74 Jennifer Song 74 76 MC MC 150
T85 Nicole Castrale 79 72 MC MC 151
T85 Doris Chen 74 77 MC MC 151
T85 Louise Friberg 71 80 MC MC 151
T85 Yoon-Kyung Heo 77 74 MC MC 151
T85 Juli Inkster 77 74 MC MC 151
T85 Brittany Lang 80 71 MC MC 151
T85 Brittany Lincicome 77 74 MC MC 151
T85 Thidapa Suwannapura 79 72 MC MC 151
T93 Helen Alfredsson 75 77 MC MC 152
T93 Sandra Gal 78 74 MC MC 152
T93 Pat Hurst 74 78 MC MC 152
T93 Mindy Kim 76 76 MC MC 152
T93 Dewi Claire Schreefel 72 80 MC MC 152
T98 Katie Futcher 76 77 MC MC 153
T98 M.J. Hur 81 72 MC MC 153
T98 Jimin Kang 76 77 MC MC 153
T98 Becky Morgan 75 78 MC MC 153
T98 Sun Young Yoo 77 76 MC MC 153
103 Georgia Hall 79 75 MC MC 154
104 Katherine Hull-Kirk 82 74 MC MC 156
T105 Amanda Blumenherst 79 78 MC MC 157
T105 Ilhee Lee 76 81 MC MC 157
107 Ji Young Oh 74 84 MC MC 158
108 Amy Alcott 81 80 MC MC 161
109 Isabelle Lendl 84 89 MC MC 173
110 Eunjung Yi 81 37 WD WD 118
111 Jeong Jang 80 WD WD WD 80
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