- Article by: The Associated Press
- Associated Press
- June 19, 2014 - 9:20 PM
PINEHURST, N.C. — Stacy Lewis had at least one thing in common with U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer. She made it around Pinehurst No. 2 without a bogey Thursday in the opening round of the U.S. Women's Open, and that put her in the lead.
That was about the only worthy comparison after one day of golf's unique doubleheader.
Lewis managed to keep the stress at a minimum on a steamy morning in the North Carolina sandhills for a 3-under 67, giving her a one-shot lead over Michelle Wie when the opening round was halted because of storms in the area.
Wie made four birdies on the back nine, and a 10-foot par save on the par-3 17th hole, for a 68.
Comparisons were inevitable for such an occasion — the first time the U.S. Open and the U.S. Women's Open were held on the same course in back-to-back weeks. Pinehurst No. 2 was 1,064 yards shorter than it was for the first round last week.
That didn't make it any easier.
Lewis, the No. 1 player in women's golf, and Wie were among five players who broke par when play was suspended with 30 players still on the course. Kaymer led 15 players under par in the first round last week. The scoring average for the women was 75.73, about 2 1/2 shots higher than the opening round for the men.
Former Women's Open champion So Yeon Ryu, Katherine Kirk and 18-year-old amateur Minjee Lee were at 69.
The show belonged to Lucy Li, the 11-year-old from the Bay Area who became the youngest qualifier in U.S. Women's Open history. She missed only one fairway and was rarely out of position, though it cost the sixth-grader dearly when she was. Li made one triple bogey and two double bogeys, three blemishes on her card that led to a 78.
CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Brendan Steele shot an 8-under 62 in the morning session to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Travelers Championship.
The 31-year-old Californian opened with an eagle, holing a 129-yard wedge shot in the rain. He birdied six of the next 12 holes at TPC River Highlands, and closed the bogey-free round with five straight pars.
Steele finished two shots off the course record set by Patrick Cantlay in 2011 as an amateur.
Bud Cauley and Ryan Moore shot 63, and Chad Campbell, Joe Durant, Scott Langley, Eric Axley and Jeff Maggert followed at 64. Masters champion Bubba Watson, the 2010 winner, had a 67.
Two-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton, coming off a second-place tie in the U.S. Open, shot a 74. Former Stanford stars Patrick Rodgers and Cameron Wilson made their pro debuts, with Rodgers shooting a 66, and Wilson a 73.
CORK, Ireland (AP) — Finland's Mikko Ilonen shot a course-record 7-under 64 in the first round of the Irish Open, leaving Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy finished 10 shots behind.
Ilonen birdied five of his final seven holes at Fota Island.
Sweden's Robert Karlsson and Magnus Carlsson and Germany's Marcel Siem were tied for second at 66. McIlroy had a 3-over 74.
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