2014 Women’s Open Round One

Didn’t see any ESPN coverage but that won’t stop me from chiming in.

As many were thinking – openly or otherwise – Pinehurst #2 may be too much golf course for ‘the best women golfers in the world’. So far it’s mixed bag.

Bogey free round for Lewis. May be the only one all day.

+7 for Giulia Sergas. Saved face with an ace on # 15 with a 7 iron.

The buzz concerning Lucy Li should be all but muted. +8

How about Julie Inkster? Opens with +1. The competitive juices are flowing again.

Woods won’t be a factor in this Open either. Cheyenne is at a very familiar +8.

88 was the highest round. That would have been below my estimate.

A lot of black on the board. For some, it’s more like black and blue.

It’s early but don’t be surprised if the women’s Open is a banal mirror image of the men’s. The outcome may be a fait accompli by Sunday. Stacy Kaymer Lewis may be uncatchable. Like I said, it’s early. Michelle, Paula, Karrie and So Yeon are lurking.

A stellar group of former Open champions pose for a classic.

open winners 

Front row, left to right: Murle Breer, Carol Mann, Hollis Stacy, Annika Sorenstam, Catherine Lacoste, Mary Mills. Second row, left to right: Na Yeon Choi, Sandra Palmer, Sandra Haynie, So Yeon Ryu, Jerilyn Britz, Amy Alcott, Betsy King, Susie Maxwell Berning, Inbee Park, Donna Caponi, Cristie Kerr, Karrie Webb, Se Ri Pak, Alison Nicholas, Eun-Hee Ji.

Back row, left to right: Kathy (Baker) Guadagnino, Liselotte Neumann, Pat Bradley, Lauri Merten, Meg Mallon, Janet Anderson, Juli Inkster, Hilary Lunke, Paula Creamer, Birdie Kim, Jan Stephenson, Jane Geddes and Laura Davies.

Tweets: Beth Ann Nichols ‏@GolfweekNichols

No. 2 is playing 6,296 total yards today for the women. Tees have been moved up on 5 and 10, both reachable par 5s. Tee up and right on 18.

Inbee Park’s 6-over 76 ties her worst round of 2014. “I didn’t feel like I played horrible, but the score is bad.”

New woman RT @alexmiceli: Michelle Wie is -1 thru 16 holes. 4 of her last 6 opening rounds in the USWO have not broken 80 w/ her best a 74


7 Responses to 2014 Women’s Open Round One

  1. dave andrews says:

    They set the course up today at 6,296 yards, 353 yards shorter than the “course yardage” that was posted before the event began. Otherwise the scores would have been 3 shots or so higher on average. The par 5 10th hole, for exampe, which was originally given as 571 yards played today at 455 yards… reachable in 2 for many players. Will it ever play at 571 yards this week?
    The median score today of 6 over par (76 on the par 70 course) would have been closer to 9 over par if the course had played at its longest.
    I remember last week they had the course at 7,700 yards before the Men’s Open. I am told it never played nearly that long. Why do they promote those yardages befoe the events if they don’t use them? Are they trying to impress fans that the events will be tougher than they really will be?

  2. Ozz says:

    Whoever thought of the Group photo should be congratulated. To have ALL those great players (past and present) together is just fantastic.

    • 78Staff says:

      It’s a cool photo, but can’t figure out why Annika is sitting up front with the elder players, with several other elder player standing? Give up the seat, Annika! She’s the only one under 50 sitting?

  3. Mike says:

    6296 is shorter than Pine Needles played in 1996. No. 2 is a tougher course, no doubt, but considering the improved equipment and the distance some of these young players hit it, it is still surprising.

  4. lawyergolfer says:

    9 and 15 moved up to 124 and 139 yds and 3 is a 227 yd par 4..they are attempting to let them make birdies and yet only 2 players under par. Grand expriment

    • lifeontour says:

      The experiment is turning into an embarrassment.

    • Ozz says:

      I haven’t seen any footage of either the US Opens, but from the comments above this weeks Open shows you just can’t manipulate golf courses. Just another Amateur body stuff up, which the USGA is becoming very good at doing year in year out.

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