Devils struggle at U.S. Open
Former Duke golfer Brittany Lang will need some help from the field to make the cut at the U.S. Women’s Open for the seventh straight year.
Lang shot a 5-over 75 Friday at Pinehurst No. 2, putting her at 8-over after two rounds.
The top 60 players plus ties make the cut and will keep playing this weekend. Lang’s score has her tied for 72nd at the start of the afternoon rounds, though she is expected to move up as more players struggle on the tough course.
Lang graduated from Duke in 2005 and turned pro that summer. She has three top-10 finishes at the U.S. Women’s Open and placed seventh last year.
After shooting a 3-over 73 on Thursday, Lang bogeyed three of her first six holes Friday morning before carding seven straight pars. But a tough closing stretch may cause some anxious moments later today – she double-bogeyed 15, bogeyed 16 and then missed a 10-foot birdie putt on 18.
“I got off to kind of a rough start and then played really good golf in the middle there, and then just had a little lapse on 15 and 16,” Lang said. “I didn’t make any birdie putts but I hit the ball great in that middle stretch.”
Lang wasn’t the only Duke product who had a rough start. Rising junior Celine Boutier had two double bogeys in her first seven holes and posted a 6-over 76. The national player of the year for the 2014 NCAA champion Blue Devils finished her first major at 13-over.
“It’s always a great way to learn, because I think it's probably one of the toughest courses I've ever played,” Boutier said. “So it's hard to handle the frustration first, because obviously I'm not going to shoot 5-under on these types of courses, but it's always great to play and I know what I have to work on in the future for the next U.S. Opens, hopefully.”
Mina Harigae, who played one semester at Duke in 2008 before leaving school, was 5-over through her first four holes Friday but played the rest of the course at 1-under. She’s 5-over after two days and will make the cut for the fifth time in eight years.