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Talley makes Women's Open cut

By James D. Horne jhorne@paducahsun.com

In the NCAA basketball tournament the goal is to survive and advance.

In professional golf, the hope is to make the cut and live to make a run at it in the final two rounds and especially on "Moving Day."

Emma Talley played a solid second round Friday in the U.S. Women's Open being played in Pinehurst, N.C., dropping three strokes off her first-round total, and will be around for the weekend as she heads into today's third round 12 strokes off the lead.

"(Today) is going to be a great day," Talley said. "They call (today) 'Moving Day' and obviously that could mean good or bad moving. But hopefully I can play smart and play good golf and we'll see what happens."

The Princeton native, Caldwell County alumnus and junior at the University of Alabama shot a 3-over 73 Friday, improving on the 75 she shot in the first round Thursday and sits tied for 50th with six other golfers at 148.

Talley will tee off at 7:28 this morning in the third round and will play with South Korea's Hee Kyung Bae. Coverage continues at 2 p.m. on NBC.

"I definitely played a smarter game (Friday)," Talley said. "(Thursday) was one of those rounds that you felt like you could go really low, because I was playing really well but I had those two stupid holes. (Friday) it was just very consistent and I played the golf I usually play. I played really smart. I made two good birdie putts and it was good enough to make the cut. You're going to have bogeys out here; that's just the way Pinehurst is. But I'm happy with my round and happy I made the cut."

Michell Wie leads the tournament with a 4-under 136 after shooting a 68 for a second straight day.

Lexi Thompson moved into second place at 139 thanks to her matching Wie's 2 under on Friday.

First-round leader Stacy Lewis, Minjee Lee and Amy Yang area all tied for third at 140. Lewis shot a 73 Friday after carding a 67 Thursday.

Talley got her round going with four straight pars, by birdieing No. 5 â “ a hole she made an 8 on Thursday â “ parring the next two and ending with a bogey on No. 8 and a birdie on No. 9.

"I was even par going into No. 5 (Friday)," Talley said. "I just made a bad decision there (Thursday). I had written down that I was not going to go left and that I wasn't going to go for the green in two. So what did I do? I went for the green in two and hit it left. So (Friday) I got up there knowing I wasn't going to go for the green and knew I was going to place it more. I hit it exactly where my book told me to and made the putt. So it was good to get out of there four shots better than I was (Thursday)."

After parring on No. 10, Talley bogeyed No. 11 and No. 12, but rebounded with five consecutive pars. She bogeyed on No. 18 to card her 73.

Pinehurst No. 2, a par-70 course, played to 6.291 yards Friday.

Call James D. Horne, a Sun sports writer, at 270-575-8661 or follow on Twitter @psunsports.

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