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Park takes lead at Women's Open

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 of the U.S. Women's Open at CordeValle.

"I didn't even think about winning because this is the first time for me," Park said through an interpreter. "I would like more experience with the USGA, LPGA. But I'm trying to enjoy this tournament. That's why I am just more comfortable, don't even think about the winning, I just enjoy the play."

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.

Park had four birdies in a six-hole span to move to 9 under before struggling on the final two holes. She hit her second shot into the greenside bunker at the par-4 17th and then missed a short par putt for her only bogey of the round. Park then drove into a hazard on the par-5 18th for a one-shot penalty before saving par with a 15-foot putt.

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.

Lee, who tied a U.S. Open record by shooting 8 under Thursday, birdied three of the final four holes on her front nine in the afternoon to take a one-shot lead over Park.

But things then quickly fell apart. She missed the fairway with her drive on the par-4 10th and her approach shot sailed past the green. Her chip attempt fell short of the green before she three-putted from the fringe for a double bogey.

Lee then drove into the front bunker on the par-3 12th hole before missing an 8-foot putt for par to fall two strokes off the lead.

"I kept trying to hit the fairway and the green, but I couldn't," she said. "So score, it's not bad, but not good, too."

CHAMPIONS: At Endicott, N.Y., Scott Dunlap shot an 8-under 64 to take the first-round lead at the Dick's Sporting Goods Open.

Dunlap began the round with a bogey at No. 1, then rallied with four birdies in a five-hole span before the turn at En-Joie Golf Club and reeled off five straight birdies to start the back nine. He leads Glen Day, Bart Bryant, and John Riegger, who were tied for second at 66.

WEB.COM: At Clymer, N.Y., Ashland's Jason Allred improved on his opening round score with a 1-under 71 in the LECOM Health Challenge, but it wasn’t enough to make the cut.

He had a promising start with birdies on hole Nos. 1, 5 and 8 but went bogey, double bogey on hole Nos. 15 and 16. He finished the round with a birdie on 18. He had a first-round 74.

Because thunderstorms delayed tee times for two hours, the end of the and the round was suspended.