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2014 U.S. Women’s Open-Round 3 Wrap-Up

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Michelle Wie (Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll)
Michelle Wie (Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll)

Wie “steadies the ship” to hold on to share of overnight lead in U.S. Women’s Open

ROUND 3 WRAP-UP

The day started with promise . . . and maybe even a little destiny for overnight leader Michelle Wie. Starting with bogey on the par 4, 1st hole, Wie quickly turned it around and put it in cruise control, running away from the field at one point, posting a -6 under total for the tournament after 10 holes.  However, as we know, Pinehurst No. 2 is a tough course, and big numbers lie in wait for all competitors. Wie found one of those big numbers, posting a double bogey, 6, on the par 4, 11th, to drop from -6 under to -4.  It took a few holes for Wie to “steady the ship,” also dropping shots on holes 12 and 14, to fall to -2 under and out of the lead for the first time all day.  Wie finished the day with a +2 over par score of 72, for a three-day total of -2 under par.

MOVERS & SHAKERS – HERE WE COME

Amy Yang (Copyright USGA)
Amy Yang (Copyright USGA)

Screen Shot 2014-06-21 at 5.49.11 PMWith Wie coming back to the field, a number of golfers took advantage.  South Korean Amy Yang, played the third round with an aggressive strategy, which led to a final score of -2 under, 68, but also with a round comprised of 6-birdies, 4-bogeys, and just 9-pars.  Yang now shares the overnight lead with Wie in the clubhouse, with a total score of -2 under par for the tournament.

AGELESS

Serving notice to the field, the round of the day – and the tournament (so far) – was turned in by two-time U.S. Women’s Open champion, Juli Inkster, the oldest player in the field at 53-years of age. In Saturday’s third round, Inkster shot a magnificent round of -4 under, 66 to move into a four-way tie for 3rd, with Northern Ireland’s Stephanie Meadow, South Korea’s Na Yeon Choi, and Australian Amateur Minjee Lee, who continues to impress.

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Juli Inkster (Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll)

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Inkster, asked after the round, about the possibility of winning her third U.S. Women’s Open, said, “You can dream all you want, but the bottom line is you’ve got to come out and make the shots . . . so, tomorrow, I’ve got to come out and make the shots.  And if I’m tied for the lead coming up 18, then maybe I’ll think about it.”

 

CURRENT LEADERBOARD

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FINAL ROUND

With only Michelle Wie and Amy Yang under par for the tournament, the 2014 U.S. Open just got a little more exciting. Juli Inkster’s round of 66, showed the field that low numbers are still out there at Pinehurst.  Over par rounds by the leaders on the final day, and under par rounds by those chasing, could easily flip flop the leaderboard and surprise all of us.  The final round of the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open should be a great one!

Will Michelle Wie win her first major at Pinehurst No. 2? That’s the question left to answer.  Michelle Wie and Amy Yang tee of on #1 tomorrow at 1:35pm.  TV coverage of the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open begins at 3pm EDT on NBC.  The full listing of Final Round Tee Times is below.

TOMORROW’S PAIRINGS / TEE TIMES *courtesy www.uswomensopen.com

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Editor’s Note:  What were your impressions of Round 3at the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open? Please share a comment in the comments section. We would love to hear from you. 

BIO: Keith Cook is a contributing editor for localgolfer.com. His career highlights include rounds in nearly every US state and numerous countries throughout the world. He is a retired 29-year US Military Veteran and Ashford University Alumni living in Michigan. Follow Keith and Local Golfer on Twitter @_KeithCook and  @LocalGolfer.

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U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst No. 2-Round 1 Wrap-Up

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Stacy Lewis-Round 1 (Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll)


ROUND 1 WRAP UP

The 2014 U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst No. 2 began with opening tee shots at 6:45am this morning off of #1 and #10.  Off the tee on #10 at 8:02am, the World’s #1 ranked player, Stacy Lewis, hit the ground running and fired an impressive bogey-free round of 67 to set the pace.  After the round, Lewis was able to relax in the afternoon and watch fellow headliners; Michelle Wie, Cristie Kerr, Lydia Ko, and others, fight the afternoon heat at Pinehurst, with temperatures and heat indexes settling into the low-to-mid 90s.

As we saw last week at the U.S. Open, morning conditions were a bit kinder to the field, but tomorrow the tee times are reversed giving the same early morning scoring opportunities to today’s afternoon side of the draw.

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With hopes, expectations, and discussions abounding, there is little doubt 11-year Lucy Li was someone people came to watch at Pinehurst. Li’s participation in the event has drawn accolades, but mostly respectful concerns of someone so young participating in an event of this magnitude.  Opinions do vary – and there could be changes to the age minimums in the future – but this week, Lucy Li is playing golf.  Li finished Round 1 with a +8 over par score of 78, but handled questions like a pro after the round, while all at the same time, enjoying a watermelon ice cream bar.  Something tells me, this particular 11-year old is going to be ok.

Screen Shot 2014-06-19 at 6.19.36 PMOne of the top tournament favorites, Michelle Wie, appeared to be out of the mix with a +1 score of 36 on the front 9, but turned things around quickly with a great -3 under on the back nine.  Wie closed the round off with a tap-in birdie on the par 4, 18th hole, posting a -2 under 68, just one behind the overnight leader Stacy Lewis.

A grouping of three others; South Korea’s, So Yeon Ryu and Australians Katherine Kirk and (A) Amateur Minjee Lee, finished their rounds shooting -1 under, 69 to sit just 2-strokes off the lead.  Bringing energy to the crowd, the dynamic Paula Creamer finished with a disappointing bogey, but still posted a solid, even par round of 70 to finish just 3-strokes off the lead after day 1.

**ROUND 1 suspended at 7:12pm due to inclement weather**

CURRENT LEADERBOARD

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With the draw switched, it will be exciting to see how players like Michelle Wie will take on the course with the somewhat softer scoring conditions that the morning tee times can provide.  World’s #1, Stacy Lewis tees off at 1:47pm off of #1 in hopes to continue her solid play.  The full listing of Round 2 Tee Times is below.

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TOMORROW’S PAIRINGS / TEE TIMES *courtesy www.uswomensopen.com

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Editor’s Note:  What were your impressions of Round 1 at the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open? Please share a comment in the comments section. We would love to hear from you. 

BIO: Keith Cook is a contributing editor for localgolfer.com. His career highlights include rounds in nearly every US state and numerous countries throughout the world. He is a retired 29-year US Military Veteran and Ashford University Alumni living in Michigan. Follow Keith and Local Golfer on Twitter @_KeithCook and  @LocalGolfer.

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2014 U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst-Predictions and Tee Times

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It’s officially U.S. Women’s Open week at Pinehurst No. 2! This is an exciting week, not only for the great golf on the horizon, but also because the event is being held at “America’s Old Course,” Pinehurst No. 2.

Pinehurst No. 2, one of the world’s most celebrated courses, and the site of more single golf championships than any other course in America, will have the historic distinction as the first golf course to serve as host to the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open Major Championships in consecutive weeks.

The U.S. Open, which was held June 12-15, is still fresh in our minds and men’s Champion Martin Kaymer’s performance provides us with an anticipation of what we can expect this week.

However, this is a new week . . . and this week is all about the Women!

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The U.S. Women’s Open will take place from June 19-22 with four rounds of stroke play on the 6,649-yard, Par 70 Pinehurst No. 2 layout. The course setup for the U.S. Women’s Open is officially 913-yards shorter than last week’s U.S. Open, but is rated a full 2.81 strokes higher, with a USGA Rating of 78.1 and a slope of 145.

WHAT CAN WE EXPECT?

LocalGolfer article; “My Predictions”, the week prior to the U.S. Open, provided my thoughts (based on statistics, knowledge, and hunches) of the top golfers to watch during both the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open.

As we all know now, Pinehurst No. 2 requires length, is somewhat forgiving with no rough to speak of, and takes a skillful (and smart) short game to have success.  The only additions to these criteria, might be a strong strategic plan of attack, and the commitment and patience to use the putter from off the green to save par/bogey to hopefully eliminate big numbers on holes – as we saw from Champion Martin Kaymer’s play last week.

U.S. WOMEN’S OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP / JUNE 19-22, 2014

Based on player strengths, statistics, and yes, hunches, here are my Top 5 picks for the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst No. 2.

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Michelle Wie

Michelle Wie: With a strong season in 2014, and currently second in Scoring Average on tour with a 69.3 average, Michelle Wie is more than ready to take the next step. The strengths of length and short game, which were needed to win the U.S. Open last week, are the same needed to win the U.S. Women’s Open this week.  In the past, Wie’s short game was the one thing most analysts pointed to as holding her back from her full potential. However, with recent concentration on her short game with coach David Leadbetter, Michelle appears to have turned a corner and has to be one of the strong favorites to take home the trophy this week at Pinehurst.

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Lexi Thompson

Lexi Thompson: The LPGA’s leader in Driving Distance with an average of 275.35 yards off the tee, Lexi Thompson has all the length needed to handle the challenge of Pinehurst No. 2.  With her recent win at the Kraft Nabisco, in which she captured her first Major, the bright lights and pressure seem to have little affect on this Superstar. With length, talent, and poise, Thompson should be a front-runner from start to finish.

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Suzann Pettersen

Suzann Pettersen: Recovering from a back injury earlier this season, Suzann Pettersen looks to be coming into Major form at exactly the right time. Leading the tour in the Greens in Regulation category, with 80.3%, Petterson also has one of the strongest all around games on the LPGA Tour.  Undoubtedly, Pettersen has all the physical talent to win, but she may have her greatest advantage over the field when it comes to the mental side of golf. Look for Pettersen to have a great week and be in the mix in the end.

Don’t Sleep On: Cristie Kerr, Jessica Korda.

 

LET’S GET IT STARTED

The U.S. Women’s Open officially begins with the opening tee shots at 6:45am on Thursday morning off of #1 and #10. The complete listing of Round 1’s Tee Times is below.

THURSDAY PAIRINGS / TEE TIMES *courtesy www.uswomensopen.com 

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Editor’s Note:  The turtle back greens and small landing areas will certainly be a factor this week.  The women with the best stats in “closest to the pin” may have the advantage. What do you expect to see from the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open? Please share a comment in the comments section, or, send your opinions to clifford@localgolfer.com.  We’ll compile and publish a few.  Include your name, or member name, city and state if you wish to “opine.”

BIO: Keith Cook is a contributing editor for localgolfer.com. His career highlights include rounds in nearly every US state and numerous countries throughout the world. He is a retired 29-year US Military Veteran and Ashford University Alumni living in Michigan. Follow Keith and Local Golfer on Twitter @_KeithCook and  @LocalGolfer.

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