What’s going on in the US Women’s Open?


Thailand’s unsung Wichanee Meechai shook up women’s golf at the Lancaster Country Club in Pennsylvania when she took the lead after the second round of the Women’s US Open.

She finished on 136 strokes (-4) while many of the world’s women’s players lost the clutz completely and failed to qualify for the final two rounds.

This while two amateurs, the 15-year-old Asterisk Talley and Megan Schofill, were able to make it to the last two rounds.

Meechai, who had won a tournament only once before (nine years ago in the Taiwan LPGA), could not finish in the top ten of a major once in 20 attempts.

She is two strokes ahead of Andrea Lee of America (138, -2), with Yuka Saso of Japan and Minjee Lee of Australia joint third at 139 (-1).

Eight players are tied for fifth at 141 (+1).

The Open is a nightmare for the world’s leading women’s players, with Linn Grant (+9), Nelly Korda and Leona Maguire (both +10), Rose Chang (+11), last year’s champion Allisen Corpuz and Brooke Henderson (both + 12) and Lydia Ko and Lexi Thomson (both +13) who failed to make the cut-off.

South Africa’s Casandra Alexander (145, +5) and Ashleigh Buhai (147, +7) at least continue to play.

* New Zealander Ryan Fox and Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre surged into the second round of the Canadian Open golf tournament (which is part of the US PGA Series) to take the joint lead.

They finished on a combined 130 (-10) at the Hamilton Country Club in Ancaster, Ontario, two shots ahead of American Joel Dahmen, with England’s David Skinns and Andrew Novak (America) and Canada’s Mackenzie Hughes tied for fourth. is at 133 (-7).

South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen is firmly placed at 136 (-4), with his compatriot Garrick Higgo at 135 (-2).

* In the Dubai World Tour (European Series) European Open decided at the Green Eagles Country Club in Hamburg, England’s Laurie Canter leads after the second round.

Canter finished on 134 shots (-12) in the clubhouse, with Jannik de Bruyn (Germany) and Dane Niklas Noergaard-Möller tied for second on 137 (-9).

South Africa’s Jayden Schaper (140, -6) is firmly in the saddle and is joint in fifth position.

Other South Africans to complete their rounds include Dylan Frittelli (142, -4) and Ockie Strydom (143, -3), followed by Thriston Lawrence and Casey Jarvis (both 144, -2), with Brandon Stone and Jaco Prinsloo together on 148 (+2) and Pieter Moolman on 149 (+3).

  • Additional source: The Golf Channel