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US Women’s Open: World Number 455, Bailey Tardy, Takes Surprise Lead After Second Round

She is now six shots behind the leader. Meanwhile, Aine Donegan, a 21-year-old amateur from Ireland participating in her first LPGA Tour event, slipped to a four-over 76.

Bailey Tardy, the American golfer, a newcomer to the LPGA tour, has faced five missed cuts and one withdrawal in ten events this season.

However, she managed to secure a spot at Pebble Beach this week through a qualifier.

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Surprisingly, after the first round, she was only one shot behind the leader, and on Friday, she performed exceptionally well, shooting a four-under 68 to reach a score of seven under and take a two-shot lead.

The 26-year-old golfer expressed her excitement, describing the experience as something truly special.

She emphasized that she is trying to stay in the present moment and not get carried away with anticipation.

This is the first time she has cut in the US Women’s Open in her four appearances, with her last participation being in 2017.

She had earned a chance to play through a qualifier in Minnesota and secured her spot after a four-hole play-off.

During her second round in California, she achieved four birdies and eagled the par-five sixth hole for the second consecutive day, with two bogeys throughout the round.

Two shots behind the leader are her compatriots Allisen Corpuz and Hyo Joo Kim from South Korea. Kim had a share of the lead after the first day but finished her round with two consecutive bogeys.

Ireland’s Leona Maguire, who was in a group one shot off the lead overnight, struggled in the second round, carding a two-over 74 with five bogeys.

She is now six shots behind the leader. Meanwhile, Aine Donegan, a 21-year-old amateur from Ireland participating in her first LPGA Tour event, slipped to a four-over 76.

She is now part of a group at one over, which includes England’s Charley Hull and 20-year-old American sensation Rose Zhang.

Among the English players, Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Bronte Law are currently level on three over after both shooting 76.

Scotland’s Gemma Dryburgh managed to cut a 77, while Jin Young Ko, the world number one, missed out.

Unfortunately, former champions Annika Sorenstam and Michelle Wie West, who were playing in their final tour events, also missed the cut.

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Reflecting on her last round at Pebble Beach, Wie West, who made history as the youngest player to cut the US Women’s Open 20 years ago, expressed her gratitude for the experience.

Similarly, Swede Sorenstam, a 10-time major winner, acknowledged that this was her final tournament but expressed her appreciation for being part of it.

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