Lewis takes early lead at Pine­hurst with a 67

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PINE­HURST, N.C. (AP) — Just over 1,000 yards shorter didn’t make Pine­hurst No. 2 feel any eas­ier in the U.S. Women’s Open on Thurs­day. Ex­cept for Stacy Lewis. The top-ranked Lewis took note of how Martin Kaymer won the U.S. Open last week and took a small step in that di­rec­tion. She had a 3-un­der 67 in the morn­ing and built a two-shot lead among the early starters on a blis­ter­ing day in the North Carolina sand­hills.

Kaymer also opened with a bo­gey-free round (65) and went wire-to-wire for an eight-shot vic­tory.

“It was such an easy day,” Lewis said, speak­ing of the stress­free round more than the golf course. “I played re­ally, re­ally solid, other that I had to make a few par putts. But other than that, I didn’t put my­self in too bad of spots and made a few birdies.”

Lucy Li, the 11-year-old who is the youngest qual­i­fier in Women’s Open his­tory, had a triple bo­gey and two dou­ble bo­geys that ru­ined an other­wise solid round. She shot 78 and was 11 shots be­hind, likely need­ing a round in the 60s to have any chance of mak­ing the cut.

“Get­ting to play in the U.S. Open was a lot of fun,” Li said. “I learned that you’ve got to be pa­tient. One shot at a time. Try to get rid of the big num­bers.”

More than the big­gest event in women’s golf, it’s also a grand ex­per­i­ment for the USGA. This is the first time the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open have been played on the same course in back-to-back weeks.

The course mea­sured 6,296 yards — 1,064 yards shorter than the open­ing round for the men — though there were plenty of in­di­ca­tions that it was equally tough.

AP Photo/Matt Dun­ham

Uruguay’s Luis Suarez cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing his side’s sec­ond goal dur­ing the group D World Cup soc­cer match be­tween Uruguay and Eng­land at the Ita­que­rao Sta­dium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thurs­day, June 19, 2014.

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