U.S. Women's Open Tracker: 1st round
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Stacy Lewis' 3-under 67 Thursday morning earned the early lead at Pinehurst No. 2 in the first round of the 2014 U.S. Women's Open.
She'll see if that can hold up as challengers including Michelle Wie, Lydia Ko, Paula Creamer, Suzann Pettersen and Cristie Kerr take aim.
PHOTOS: Lucy Li, 11, at U.S. Women's Open
A look at 11-year-old Lucy Li as she attempts to take on Pinehurst No. 2 before the U.S. Women's Open.
- See complete first- and second-round tee times and groupings here.
- Read Bradley S. Klein's hole-by-hole review of Pinehurst's U.S. Women's Open setup here.
Keep up with Thursday afternoon's highlights right here – and scroll down for our previous coverage!
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Update No. 24: 7:06 p.m. EDT
Stephanie Meadow bogeys the 15th to drop to even par as she comes down the stretch, which has her T-6. Mina Harigae also is even, with two holes to play.
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Update No. 23: 6:57 p.m. EDT
Paula Creamer wraps up her day with a bogey at the par-3 ninth for the second 70 of the day. The 2010 champion is T-6 with three others as she heads in.
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Update No. 22: 6:53 p.m. EDT
Michelle Wie closes her round with a birdie for 68, sending her to the clubhouse at 2 under and a shot back of leader Stacy Lewis. Wie managed five birdies against three bogeys in a busy day on Pinehurst No. 2.
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Update No. 21: 6:45 p.m. EDT
A bogey at No. 16 drops Michelle Wie to 1 under, T-2 with five others. Minjee Lee is the first afternoon player to get to the clubhouse on that mark and the first to finish an afternoon round under par. Lee is the No. 1 ranked female in the World Amateur Golf Ranking.
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Update No. 20: 6:14 p.m. EDT
Three afternoon players are midway through their back nine and on pace to match Karrie Webb's even-par 70: Mina Harigae, Candie Kung and Angela Stanford. They're all three back of leader Stacy Lewis.
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Update No. 19: 5:52 p.m. EDT
Birdies for a couple of big names: Michelle Wie gets to 2 under for the first time today with a birdie at No. 15, her third in five holes. She's alone in second, a shot back of leader Stacy Lewis. And Paula Creamer battles back from a 2-over front nine with her first birdies of the day, three of them on Nos. 2-5 to get under par; she's T-3 alongside Stephanie Meadow, Katherine Kirk and So Yeon Ryu.
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Update No. 19: 5:37 p.m. EDT
The number of afternoon players under par continues to drop, reaching five: Marissa Chow and Stephanie Meadow at 2 under, with Christel Boeljon, Michelle Wie and Amy Yang at 1 under. They join leader Stacy Lewis (3 under) along with Katherine Kirk and So Yeon Ryu (1 under) from the morning rounds.
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Update No. 18: 5:21 p.m. EDT
Marissa Chow's approach shot at No. 8 rolls well off the left side and her pitch runs across the green and off the other side. Her fourth shot comes up short and rolls back toward her, leaving a long putt for bogey. Chow finds the line but comes up a half-turn short or so; she taps in for double bogey and falls to 2 under. Stacy Lewis again is alone in the lead.
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Update No. 17: 5:10 p.m. EDT
Michelle Wie makes the turn at 1 over, then birdies Nos. 10 and 12 to get under par for the first time since an early birdie at No. 2. Wie is three back of leader Marissa Chow, a fellow Hawaiian who plays at Pepperdine.
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Update No. 16: 5:01 p.m. EDT
Pinehurst is biting back as the afternoon rounds go on – just seven players with late tee times are under par. It's not stopping leader Marissa Chow, though, as she has passed Stacy Lewis to move out front by a shot with four birdies and three pars.
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Update No. 15: 4:51 p.m. EDT
Does Lucy Li play like an 11-year-old? Not according to one of the members of her group, our Jeff Babineau checks in to note – click here for the story.
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Update No. 14: 4:43 p.m. EDT
Amateur Marissa Chow birdies No. 6 for her second pair of back-to-back birdies today – and takes the lead outright at 4 under, a shot ahead of World No. 1 Stacy Lewis.
Notes our senior writer Beth Ann Baldry via her Twitter account, @GolfweekNichols: "@WavesGolf's Marissa Chow is now 4 under through 6 holes and leading the USWO. The Pepperdine junior from Hawaii has her aunt on the bag."
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Update No. 13: 4:34 p.m. EDT
Back-to-back birdies bring Stephanie Meadow to 2 under and T-3 alongside Yueer "Cindy" Feng. Meadow, an Alabama Crimson Tide product from Northern Ireland, is making her professional debut this week. She missed the cut in the 2012 U.S. Women's Open.
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Update No. 12: 4:23 p.m. EDT
After pars at Nos. 3-4, amateur Marissa Chow birdies No. 5 to rise 3 under and into a tie for the lead with Stacy Lewis. Chow is No. 29 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Women's Individual Collegiate Rankings.
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Update No. 11: 4:07 p.m. EDT
Angela Stanford's first birdie of the day comes at No. 17 and gets her under par for the first time in today's eight holes. Stanford finished T-2 in the 2003 U.S. Women's Open.
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Update No. 10: 3:51 p.m. EDT
Yueer "Cindy" Feng, Janie Jackson and Jee Young Lee add birdies to climb to 2 under, T-2 alongside Marissa Chow and one back of leader Stacy Lewis.
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Update No. 9: 3:44 p.m. EDT
Eight of the top 10 players in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings have made it to Pinehurst this week. Let's check in on how they're faring:
- 1. Stacy Lewis: Leader, 3 under (67)
- 2. Suzann Pettersen: T-46, 2 over (through five holes today)
- 3. Inbee Park: T-109, 6 over (76)
- 4. Lydia Ko: T-46, 2 over (through five holes)
- 5. Shanshan Feng: T-14, even par (through six holes)
- 7. So Yeon Ryu: T-5, 1 under (69)
- 9. Michelle Wie: T-14, even par (through six holes)
- 10. Lexi Thompson: T-30, 1 over (71)
Missing from this week's field are Sun-Ju Ahn and Bo-Mee Lee.
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Update No. 8: 3:29 p.m. EDT
Lydia Ko bogeys Nos. 1 and 4 to dig an early hole at 2 over; she's T-48 through five holes despite the help of Mike "Fluff" Cowan on the bag this week.
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Update No. 7: 3:22 p.m. EDT
A double bogey at No. 9 drops Dori Carter back to 1 under, T-3 two shots back of leader Stacy Lewis. Carter won the 2010 Pennsylvania Classic on Symetra Tour.
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Carter isn't the only one giving shots back. Michelle Wie bogeys No. 5 to drop back to even par, while Brittany Lang bogeys No. 15 to drop back to 1 under through six holes.
Amateur Marissa Chow of Pepperdine birdies her first two holes to move into second at 2 under.
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Update No. 6: 3:14 p.m. EDT
Paula Creamer pars four holes to start her first round but a bogey at the fifth drops her to T-32 at 1 over.
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Update No. 5: 3:04 p.m. EDT
Fourteen players this afternoon are under par on their front nine, with another 12 even. By comparison, only three players this morning broke par with one even. We'll see how they do after they make the turn.
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Update No. 4: 2:56 p.m. EDT
Brittany Lang starts with three straight pars before back-to-back birdies lift her to 2 under, a shot back of co-leaders Stacy Lewis and Dori Carter. Lang finished tied for second in the 2005 U.S. Women's Open.
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Update No. 3: 2:39 p.m. EDT
Stacy Lewis attacked Pinehurst No. 2 in her typical fashion, at least to let the scorecard tell the story – three birdies and no bogeys, including nine straight pars midway through her round.
As for 11-year-old amateur Lucy Li, she opened with double bogey and saw things disintegrate from there. She made the turn at 5 over before birdieing No. 1, then triple-bogeying No. 3. She birdied again at No. 5 and finished her day with a bogey-par-bogey stretch.
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Update No. 2: 2:29 p.m. EDT
Dori Carter has yet to make a par today – with four birdies and a bogey moving her into a tie for the lead with Stacy Lewis. They're two shots ahead of 11 players at 1 under.
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Update No. 1: 2:15 p.m. EDT
Michelle Wie opens par-birdie to get to 1 under in a hurry, two shots back of leader Stacy Lewis and T-3 with eight others. Dori Carter has three birdies and a bogey in her first four holes to get to 2 under.
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Stacy Lewis-leading 67 earned her a two-shot lead over the only other two players to break par in the morning wave, So Yeon Ryu and Katherine Kirk. Karrie Webb shot even-par 70.
Also of note: Defending champion Inbee Park shot 6-over 76. 11-year-old Lucy Li shot 8-over 78.
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PINEHURST, N.C. – The men moved out of Pinehurst, and now the women take center stage in golf. On a national sports landscape that already is overwhelmed with content, the U.S. Women’s Open is a welcome moment for the women to establish more of a presence. The players can feel what it means. Michelle Wie, a winner on the LPGA tour this year and the No. 11 player in the Rolex Rankings, arrived here Sunday with two dozen of her female golfing colleagues to take in the scene at the famed Pinehurst No. 2 Course
Stacy Lewis enters this week’s U.S. Women’s Open sitting atop the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index – a spot she has occupied since last November. Lewis has put up some impressive numbers since the beginning of the 2013. In her last 40 starts she has 31 top-10 finishes and 17 inside the top five. However, one of her worst finishes using that time frame is last year U.S. Women’s Open where she tied for 42nd. Let's look at the full field and their Golfweek/Sagarin Ranking.
PINEHURST, N.C. – Paula Creamer’s penchant for pink led Casey Wittenberg, her former classmate at the David Leadbetter Academy and now a Web.com Tour pro, to label her the “Pink Panther” when she was 14. Four days before her high school graduation in 2005, Creamer won the first of her 10 LPGA Tour titles at the Sybase Classic. For the past decade, she has been America’s sweetheart of the golf links. Now she is engaged, and making her 12th U.S. Women’s Open start.
PINEHURST, N.C. – When Karrie Webb made her U.S. Women’s Open debut at Pine Needles in 1996, the LPGA rookie immediately fell in love with the place. “For me, Pine Needles was U.S. Open golf,” Webb said. The Aussie won the 2000 USWO at the Merit Club in Gurnee, Ill., and returned to Pine Needles in ’01 and successfully defended her title. The women returned to Peggy Kirk Bell’s sanctuary once more in 2007, making this the fourth time in Webb’s 19-year Women’s Open career that she will tee it up in the historic area.
PINEHURST, N.C. – Too much information? Not during these two weeks of national championships at Pinehurst No. 2. The goal has been to measure everything and leave nothing to chance. That way, the U.S. Golf Association could set up the golf course for last week's U.S. Open and this week's U.S. Women’s Open in a like manner, one that’s fair and comparable to both sets of players. That's why the USGA is paying caddies $550 apiece for a week of that most precious commodity: inside information.
PINEHURST, N.C. – At 53, Juli Inkster is golf royalty. She won 31 LPGA titles. She captured seven major championships. She is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame. She is playing this week in her 35th and last U.S. Women's Open. No other golfer has accumulated so many Women's Open appearances. Furthermore, when the queen of women's golf descends from her throne, she mingles easily and comfortably with ordinary golfers. With Inkster, there are no pretensions. She doesn't hide anything. She tells the truth. She is blunt and forthright.
PINEHURST, N.C. – Lucy Li is going to have a doozy of a story for the first day of school when her sixth-grade teacher asks what she did this summer. Li, an 11-year-old from Redwood Shores, Calif., is the youngest ever to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open. She has been prepping here for two weeks already, the first of the 156-player field to register for the championship, and has met the likes of Webb Simpson, her favorite player, Annika Sorenstam and Anna Nordquist.
PINEHURST, N.C. – The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire may sound like some skit straight out of “Wayne’s World,” but it’s much higher brow than that. In the British Commonwealth, it’s a noble hierarchy of great honor, stature and distinction. Admittedly, it would seem a topic of conversation more befitting a stodgy parlor filled by the sound of clinking tea cups than the biggest women’s golf tournament in the land, but here at the 69th U.S. Women’s Open, there are 155 mortals and only one, ahem, Dame.
PINEHURST, N.C. – Skeptics, take heed. The doubleheader of back-to-back national championships appears to be working out. So far. Two days after Martin Kaymer’s relentless eight-stroke victory in the U.S. Open, this famed Donald Ross-designed golf course is ready for another week of onslaught. And surprisingly, it’s in fine shape – a little bruised in some fairways, a little pock-marked on some greens, but nothing like the immediate aftermath of previous U.S. Opens, when the course – say, Shinnecock Hills in 2004 and Bethpage State Park's Black Course in 2009 – looked like war zones.
PINEHURST, N.C. – Stacy Lewis emerged from spinal surgery in the summer of 2003 an inch and a half taller thanks to a straighter spine. She spent eight weeks in bed recovering and, when it was time to start classes at Arkansas, couldn’t lift more than five pounds. Lewis’ parents moved her into a college dorm that redshirt season, and she spent much of the year working on short game because she couldn’t do much else. Shauna Estes-Taylor, then an assistant coach at Arkansas, is a short-game specialist.
PINEHURST, N.C. – Race horse down. Workout wizard Suzann Pettersen, who has been to women's golf training what Tiger Woods has been to men's golf training, laughed when asked about her exercise schedule in the gym. "Well, considering that two and a half months ago I couldn't stand up," she replied, "I feel pretty good. My workouts haven't been very tough (or nonexistent), and it makes me feel lazy. At the same time, though, it fits my goal." Pettersen and Woods, both thoroughbreds when it comes to exercise.
PINEHURST, N.C. – At 19, Lexi Thompson’s age is not an issue nor is it even a story this week. It would have been different back in yesteryear, a 19 year-old participant would have been a big story, but now that an 11-year-old qualifier Lucy Li is teeing it up this week at Pinehurst No. 2 age really isn't a huge story anymore. For Thompson the story is more about a 19-year-old that actually can win this championship. Thompson can become the first teenager to win two majors.