Friday 31st May 2019

Event of the Day: Day 2 of the US Women’s Open

Our event of the day is the second day of the US Women’s Open Golf Championship at the Country Club of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. After the first round, Mamiko Higa, playing in her first US Women’s Open, leads the field at six under par. However, the biggest names in women’s golf will be eager to bounce back after the first round and so expect some unmissable action in Charleston today.

Under the hot South Carolina sun, the US Women’s Open is off to an unexpected start. Mamiko Higa, making her debut at the tournament, leads the field after the first day. Shooting six under par, she recorded the best round in a debut performance and the third best round in the tournament’s history. A shot behind her at five under par are amateur Gina Kim, a freshman at Duke University, and Ester Henseleit, a strong candidate for rookie of the year. Meanwhile, current LPGA leader Jin-young Ko finished the first day of competition down in joint 43rd at one over par. The US Women’s Open presents an opportunity for several players in the top ten to surpass Ko with a good enough performance. However, current number two Minjee Lee and number three Sung-hyun Park both finished joint 25th after making par on the first round. While better than Ko’s first round, it is a far cry from the criteria needed to move past her in the standings. Also making their debuts at the tournament like Higa are two former collegiate champions. 2018 NCAA champion Jennifer Kupcho and 2019 NCAA champion Maria Fassi earned their LPGA cards at the 2018 Q-Series but deferred their professional debuts until after the 2018-19 collegiate season. While both are expected to be part of the next generation of elite female golfers, Kupcho finished joint 25th alongside the likes of Lee and Park while Fassi finished her debut round joint 43rd alongside Ko. Also joining Fassi and Ko in the large joint 43rd group is defending champion Ariya Jutanugarn, reinforcing the notation that it was simply not a good day for the established golfers on the tour. However, there is plenty of golf left to play and with the participants having now gained a familiarity with the course, today promises to provide some unmissable golf.

Honourable mentions around the globe go to the Cricket World Cup, where Pakistan play the West Indies at Trent Bridge in Nottingham for the first match of the tournament for either team. Pakistan will look to regain confidence after losing their first warm-up match to Afghanistan while also looking to snap a ten-match losing streak in the ODI format. Meanwhile the West Indies come into this match with a line-up full of strong batters. They hit 427 against New Zealand in the warm-ups and will look to take advantage of Pakistan’s recent poor form. Be sure you don’t miss this exciting match. Elsewhere, the French Open continues at Stade Roland Garros. In the men’s draw, second seed Rafael Nadal continues his title defence against twenty-seventh seed David Goffin while third seed Roger Federer looks to progress against Casper Ruud. In the women’s draw, 2018 runner-up and seventh seed Sloane Stephens faces Polona Hercog. Get ready for another day of exciting tennis. In the WNBA, the Los Angeles Spark host the Connecticut Sun at Staples Center. The 19th stage of the Giro d’Italia takes place, taking riders from Treviso to San Martino di Castrozza. In the MLS, the Vancouver Whitecaps host Toronto FC at BC Place. It’s Ladies Day at the Investec Derby Festival at Epsom Downs Racecourse. In the MLB, the Pittsburgh Pirates host the Milwaukee Brewers at PNC Park for the second game of their four-game series. 

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