Lewis takes early lead at Pinehurst with a 67
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.
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