LPGA: Park making a major mark

July 9, 2016 GMT

SAN MARTIN, Calif. — When Sung Hyun Park entered her first U.S. Women’s Open, her goals were modest. Halfway through the tournament, Park has put herself in prime position to contend.

Park capitalized on the favorable morning scoring conditions, shooting a 6-under 72 Friday to take a two-stroke lead after the second round at CordeValle.

Park, a 22-year-old from South Korea, made her LPGA debut last year when she finished second at the KEB-HanaBank Championship in South Korea. She has played three more LPGA tournaments this year, tying for sixth in her first major at the ANA Inspiration in the spring.

Amy Yang shot a 71 to get to 6 under, tied for second with first-round leader Mirim Lee. World No. 1 Lydia Ko bounced back from a 1-over par first round to shoot 66 for a tie for fourth with Haru Nomura. Wayne’s Marina Alex missed the cut.

Noren up 1

INVERNESS, Scotland — Alex Noren of Sweden rolled in five birdies in his last eight holes to shoot a 6-under 66 and take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Scottish Open on Friday.

Danny Lee of New Zealand (66) and Eddie Pepperell of England (67) were a shot behind Noren, who had an 8-under 136.

Phil Mickelson and Henrik Stenson made the cut after shooting rounds of 69 but were nine shots off the lead.

Dunlap on top

ENDICOTT, N.Y. — Scott Dunlap shot an 8-under-par 64 on Friday to take the first-round lead at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open.

He leads Glen Day, Bart Bryant, and John Riegger, who were tied for second at 66.

Trump course protest

Martha Burk, who rose to prominence in 2002 when she challenged Augusta National to end its discrimination by inviting a female member, is encouraging people to join a protest over the U.S. Women’s Open being held next year at Trump National in Bedminster. The LPGA released a statement last August to distance itself from Donald Trump’s comments about Mexican immigrants.