Feng leads in rain-de­layed U.S. Women’s Open with 66

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - TOM CANAVAN BED­MIN­STER, N.J. —

Shan­shan Feng shot a bo­gey-free 6-un­der 66 and held a one-shot lead over Amy Yang on Thurs­day when the first round of the U.S. Women’s Open at a quiet Trump Na­tional Golf Club was sus­pended by dark­ness.

De­spite com­plaints over play­ing the big­gest event in women’s golf on a course owned by Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, there were no ap­par­ent protests Thurs­day over his com­ments about women. The road out­side the club was rel­a­tively traf­ficfree and those in at­ten­dance were there for the golf.

The only prob­lem was the weather. Light­ning de­layed play for 2 hours, 5 min­utes late in the af­ter­noon and 30 play­ers were still on the course when the horn sounded to stop play for the day at 8:33 p.m. Play was sched­uled to re­sume at 7 a.m. Fri­day.

Ly­dia Ko played in the same three­some with Feng and fin­ished at 68 along with top-ranked So Yeon Ryu, the only two-time win­ner this year on the LPGA Tour. Car­lota Ci­ganda also was 4 un­der with a hole left.

Canada’s Brooke Hen­der­son, from Smiths Falls, Ont., fin­ished with a two-un­der-par 70 score.

Feng started her round on the 10th hole and played the back side in 5 un­der, rolling in five birdies. The Chi­nese star added an­other at No. 1 and then parred her last eight holes. She won the ma­jor LPGA Cham­pi­onship in 2012 for the first of her seven LPGA Tour ti­tles.

Yang has two sec­onds, a third and a fourth in the event in the last five years. The South Korean player had six birdies and a bo­gey. She took ad­van­tage of the back nine, play­ing it in 4 un­der.

Former Open win­ner Cristie Kerr and Megan Khang were the best U.S. fin­ish­ers, tied at 69. Am­a­teur Rachel Heck, the 15-year-old from Mem­phis, Ten­nes­see, who is the young­ster player in the field, also was at 3 un­der with five holes to play. Third-ranked Lexi Thomp­son was at 71, along with Stacy Lewis.

De­fend­ing cham­pion Brit­tany Lang had a 72 in a round where the play­ers who teed off in the morn­ing had the bet­ter con­di­tions. Sec­on­dranked Ariya Ju­tanu­garn shot 79.

SETH WENIG, THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

China’s Shan­shan Feng re­acts after sink­ing a put on the 12th green dur­ing the first round of the U.S. Women’s Open golf tour­na­ment Thurs­day in Bed­min­ster, N.J. Feng fin­ished the round with a one-shot lead over Amy Yang.

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