Shanshan Feng leads rain-hampered US Women's Open

Bedminster N.J. A rain delay Thursday pushed back the start of the second round

Bedminster N.J. A rain delay Thursday pushed back the start of the second round

Shanshan Feng was in a good mood following her first round at the U.S. Women's Open on Thursday - and understandably so. Lightning delayed play for 2 hours, 5 minutes late in the afternoon and 30 players were still on the course when the horn sounded to stop play for the day at 8:33 p.m. local time.

While many players relax the week before a major, Feng went back to China to fulfill a business obligation, but there is no way she'd ever use flying halfway around the world as an excuse.

Feng, who played an event last week in China and arrived in Bedminster exhausted on Monday after an overnight flight, scored in bursts with two batches of three birdies in a bogey-free round at the course some 50 miles west of Manhattan. They will return early Friday to complete the round at Trump National Golf Course. The group teed off at 7:18 a.m. and avoided the worst of oppressive heat and humidity.

"Well, I would say because it rained yesterday and then so the course was playing a little bit softer, that allowed us to actually maybe hit the ball closer to the holes, easier to have birdie chances", Shanshan Feng, the leader at 6-under, said.

"Also, that was my first time to play in China this year, so I really wanted to see my family and all my friends back home".

Spain’s Carlota Ciganda hits out of a sand trap on the 15th hole during the second round of the U.S. Women’s Open Golf tournament Friday
Shanshan Feng leads rain-hampered US Women's Open

Yang had six birdies and a bogey in her round.

Then, she shared her love affair for American food.

Yang has two seconds, a third and a fourth in the event in the last five years.

"I just had a great day so hopefully the next three days that I can perform well also and let's see what happens", said Feng, who has a win and three other top-10 finishes this season.

Walking the last fairway Thursday at the U.S. Women's Open, Samantha Wagner and her brother (and caddie) C.J. agreed on this: There's a low score here for the newly minted professional.

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The Olympic bronze medalist took advantage of calm morning conditions with a sizzling opening nine of five-under 31. Amateur Rachel Heck, the 15-year-old from Memphis, Tennessee, who is the youngest player in the field, also was at 3 under with five holes to play.

Ko, who began off the 10th tee, birdied five of her first 10 holes and added her last at the par-3 fourth but bogeys at the fifth and ninth dropped her off Feng's pace. "So, I don't take that as an excuse if I don't play well this week".

Second-ranked Ariya Jutanugarn shot 79, and seventh-ranked, two-time Open champion Inbee Park had a 77.

"I would have loved to have been here", he said. "I love steak, maybe buffalo wings", she said.

Feng was the hottest player on the tour at the end of past year, winning her last two starts and finishing eighth or better in her final seven events.

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Ryu, the only two-time victor on the tour this year, had four birdies. "I think that's maybe one of the reasons why I have been doing well: I love the food and I can sleep well and I forget bad things quickly".

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