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Players brace for long weekend at U.S. Open

"We're halfway there, and there is a lot of golf out there to play and the holes are playing tougher and tougher," Park said. "I'll just stay patient out there and keep making a lot of pars, and I think that will do it."

Angela Park, the leader after the first round, didn't even make it to the tee for the second round — play was postponed before her tee time — and remained at 3 under.

"It's not frustrating at all. I'm just having a good time relaxing at the locker room," she said. "I'm very calm and eager to play the next three rounds."

Michelle Wie faced similar circumstances after not having taken a shot a day after her first-round 82.

She was one of several players who have run into trouble on the tilted greens and springy fairways of the freshly extended Donald Ross-designed course at Pine Needles — chief among them the two players to win previous Women's Open titles here.

One day after 2001 champion Karrie Webb opened with an 83 for the worst score of her career, 1996 winner Annika Sorenstam started out playing just as poorly.

She finished off a 1-under 70 in the morning, then after a quick turnaround, began her second round with a double bogey when a chip up the slope on the 10th hole came back to her feet. She blew another chip some 18 feet by the hole, found the bunker with a sand wedge on the par-5 15th and went out in 42 to fall off the leaderboard.

Sorenstam was 7 over through 10 holes until she steadied herself, and a birdie on No. 8 brought her to 5 over for the tournament.

Still, the most activity so far might've been the dozen Japanese photographers scrambling in the parking lot to get pictures of Ai Miyazato, the biggest golf sensation in Japan.

Besides that, the only real flurries of action have come as players hustled to beat the air horn that demanded play stop because of the threat of severe weather. While thunder has been a staple of this year's Open, the delays have produced only trace amounts of rain, leaving the course dry and fast.

"It's sometimes good, and sometimes bad," In-Bee Park said. "Because some people need some rest after playing 18, 20 holes. And I don't know, if they get enough good warm-ups out there, and then I think it should be good. And I hear a lot of thunder, but it's not raining, so it's not going to get wet or anything. So I think the course is going to be in good shape."

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