Friday, Day 12 at the U.S. Open
The USGA has taken several precautionary measures in response to expected elevated temperatures throughout the week. Each day, the USGA will provide fans with a voucher for a complimentary bottle of water upon entry. Hydration stations have also been setup at locations throughout the course. Designated air conditioned cooling sites and first aid stations will be available. All fans planning to attend are strongly encouraged to remain hydrated.
LOW AMATEUR THROUGH 36
Australian amateur Minjee Lee shot 69 Thursday and 71 Friday to stand at even-par and tied for third through two rounds.
Lee birdied No. 3 and No. 15, as part of shooting 1-under 34 on the back nine, in the second round.
"Just around the greens when I miss them, I'm missing them in the right spot so I can, if I need to chip, I can get them to the pin an get it pretty close," Lee said, "so just like making a four- or five-footer, that's really important and just chipping well around here."
LUCY LI LIVE
11-year-old Lucy Li shot her second straight 78 and missed the cut to the weekend.
"I'm really happy about how I played. I'm really happy with how I bounced back from the big numbers," she said. "I got birdies after I got like doubles (bogey) and triples, so that's what I'm really happy about, yeah."
Question: Are you staying for the rest of the tournament?
"I'm definitely going to watch the rest of the tournament. I'm leaving on Monday."
Have you heard from your friends?
"I've got some emails. They have been really excited. They thought I played really well. They're like, oh, you're famous now."
Was there a shot you hit today that the result suprised you?
"Let's see, what shot surprised me? Not really. I don't know. Let's see. I'm kind of tired. I can't remember."
IN THE HEAT
The temperature was well into the 90s and the heat index was around 100 for the second straight day at No. 2.
Paula Creamer, who stands at 2-over through two rounds, spoke about how preparing before being out in the heat is key.
"It's just constantly reminding yourslef even when you're not hungry to keep eating. It's not for today, it's actually for Sunday," she said.
"And when you're standing out in those fairways and that brown, you're like standing in fire. It is hot," Creamer said.
Is the course going to hang in there along with the players?
"This golf course still is in great shape, even though it is hot out here. I think the USGA's done a really good job of maintaining it. It's definitely not unplayable by any means. It's just a tough course."
Lucy Li, with the coaching of caddie Bryan Bush, played early Thursday morning, but in the midday heat of Friday. She worked on her bunker play late Thursday and early Friday.
"So the bunker practice that we did late evening and early this morning before the heat," Bush said, "that's why we were out here early this morning is to beat the heat and so that she could withstand whatever Mother Nautre was going to throw at us this afternoon."
NO. 3 AT NO. 2
No. 3, which played as a drivable par four for part of the men's Open, played from 339 yards Thursday, then from 229 yards Friday.
Some in the field could take fairway woods or hybrid clubs and cover the 229. Finding the right angle to run the ball into the guarded, elevated green was still no simple matter.
No. 3 was the easiest hole on the course though in the second round at a 3.75 stroke average, after being sixth-toughest from 339. It gave up two of the three eagles in the field Friday.
Paula Creamer, who's tied for seventh at 2-over at the midway point, made par on three.
"I hit 3-wood, but I pulled it a little bit and I hit it left of the bunker. So I had a pitch. I 2-putted."
NO. 10 AT NO. 2
No. 10 was the easiest of the two par fives, and the easiest hole on the course, in the first round.
The USGA took it from a 455-yard hole to 578 yards, not too far from where the men played it. It became the most difficult hole.
No. 10 allowed four birdies and 22 double bogeys or worse. It averaged 5.57 strokes per player.
Michelle Wie leads by three strokes over Lexi Thompson going into Saturday's third round at Pinehurst No. 2.
Wie is tied for the field lead with eight birdies through 36 holes.
Wie hit 10 greens in regulation Thursday, then 14 Friday for a 66.7-percent rate which is tied for sixth in the field.
Wie is well back in the pack in fairways hit. She's hit 20 of 28, 71.43 percent, through two rounds.
Wie is only 1-of-4 in sand saves but the best stat line a golfer can have in that category is she was 0-of-0 in her second round.