Friday, July 6, 2012

U.S. Women's Open Wrap-Up: Day 1

The first round of the U.S. Women's Open ended with three Americans tied for the lead. The favorite will be Cristie Kerr, who won this tournament in 2007 and who looked very sharp today. But Americans haven't done very well in women's golf lately, and we have to assume that the Korean golfers will make a strong push over the next few days.

Miss Emma Talley shot a one-over par 73 yesterday, which made her the low amateur for the day. She's in a very good position to make the cut, but she will need another solid round today.

Here are the first round leaders:

T1. C. Kerr: -3 (69)
T1. L. Salas: -3 (69)
T1. B. Lincicome: -3 (69)

T4. A. Miyazato (JPN): -2 (70)
T4. B. Recari (ESP): -2 (70)
T4. L. Thompson: -2 (70)
T4. J. Lee: -2 (70)

T8. I. Park (KOR): -1 (71)
T8. V. Hurst: -1 (71)
T8. S. Gal (GER): -1 (71)
T8. N.Y. Choi (KOR): -1 (71)
T8. S. Pettersen (NOR): -1 (71)
T8. M. Miyazato (JPN): -1 (71)
T8. M. Lee (KOR): -1 (71)

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  1. Miss Emma Talley started off today with a bogey on the first hole. She then parred the next two holes. So she is one over for the day and two over for the tournament. That puts her in a tie for 41st place, six shots off the lead.

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  2. At the Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia, Kenny Perry is ON FIRE. He started his round on the back nine. He eagled the 12th hole and birdied the 18th to go out in 33 -- three under par. He has since birdied the first and third holes. So he is now five under par for the day and the tournament with six holes left in today's round. He's currently tied with J.B. Holmes for sixth place.

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  3. Meanwhile, back at Blackwolf Run, the course is playing relatively easy this morning, and a lot of movement is underway. Michelle Wie is four under for the day through her first six holes. Here is the leaderboard as of 10 A.M. CDT (players with asterisks teed off on the 10th hole):

    T1. V. Hurst: -4 (23 holes)
    T1. C. Kerr: -4 (23)
    T1. S. Pettersen (NOR): -4 (23*)
    T4. I. Park (KOR): -2 (24*)
    T4. M. Wie: -2 (24*)
    T4. A. Miyazato (JPN): -2 (18)
    T4. B. Recari (ESP): -2 (18*)
    T4. L. Thompson: -2 (18*)

    T41. Miss E. Talley (a): +2 (22)

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  4. She'll be looking for a birdie on 7. The two par fives on the front were the two easiest holes yesterday and she got par on both. She's already parred the first par 5 of the day and needs to be going for a birdie on 7 to get a stroke back.

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  5. Here's the leaderboard as of 11 A.M. CDT:

    T1. V. Hurst: -5 (26 holes)
    T1. S. Pettersen (NOR): -5 (26*)
    3. C. Kerr: -4 (26)
    T4. L. Salas: -2 (31*)
    T4. S. Gal (GER): -2 (28*)
    T4. I. Park (KOR): -2 (27*)
    T4. M. Miyazato (JPN): -2 (27*)
    T4. M. Wie: -2 (26*)
    T4. A. Miyazato (JPN): -2 (18)
    T4. B. Recari (ESP): -2 (18*)
    T4. L. Thompson: -2 (18*)

    T38. Miss E. Talley (a): +2 (25)

    Miss Emma Talley is still low amateur.

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  6. Brittany Lincicome, who was tied for the lead after the first round with a 3-under par 69, has opened today with a seven-over par 43 on the front nine. So I don't think we'll be hearing much more from her in this tournament.

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  7. Miss Emma Talley has birdied the 8th hole. She is now one over for the tournament, in a tie for 24th place.

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  8. At the Greenbrier Classic, 51-year-old Kenny Perry bogeyed the 6th and 7th holes, but finished his round with a birdie on the 9th. He shoots a 66 that leaves him at 4-under-par, only three shots off the lead. He is currently tied for 13th.

    J.B. Holmes of Campbellsville, who shot a 65 yesterday, just teed off. It will be interesting to see if he can keep the momentum going.

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    1. Wow! Go, Kenny Perry!

      For that matter, go, J.B. Holmes.

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  9. Talley follows up the birdie on 8 with a bogie on 9 and sits at +1 for the day and +2 for the tournament.

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    1. Cristie Kerr has a disastrous double-bogey on 11 to fall three shots back.

      The leaderboard at noon CDT:

      1. S. Pettersen (NOR): -5 (29 holes*)
      2. V. Hurst: -4 (30)
      3. S. Gal (GER): -3 (29*)
      T4. L. Salas: -2 (34*)
      T4. I. Park (KOR): -2 (30*)
      T4. M. Wie: -2 (30*)
      T4. C. Kerr: -2 (29)
      T4. A. Miyazato (JPN): -2 (18)
      T4. B. Recari (ESP): -2 (18*)
      T4. L. Thompson: -2 (18*)

      T37. Miss E. Talley (a): +2 (28)

      Miss Emma Talley is still low amateur.

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  10. Today the back nine is playing easier than the front, so perhaps Miss Talley can rally a bit on the back side.

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  11. Miss Talley starts the back nine with a par on the 10th hole. She birdied it yesterday and today it is playing as the 2nd easiest hole. So far she has played the par fives at -1 over 7 holes. These are definitely setup to be the birdie holes of the tournament so she needs to be able to take better advantage of these holes. I doubt though she is playing to win the tournament, more likely she is playing to make the cut and so her approach will be a bit more conservative. If she can hold on today and make the cut it will be interesting to see if she goes out tomorrow trying to be more aggressive.

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    1. I think it all depends on her goal. If she's trying to win the tournament, she'll have to be more aggressive, because it looks as though the winning score will be about 8 or 9 under par. But if her goal is to be low amateur, then she may just keep on keeping on.

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  12. At the Greenbrier Classic, J.B. Holmes is one under for the day (and six under for the tournament) through his first four holes. He is three shots out of the lead, in a tie for fourth.

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  13. At Wimbledon, Andy Murray of Scotland has become the first British man to reach the final of the men's singles since 1938. He will play some guy named Federer in the final on Sunday.

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  14. Miss Talley drops another stroke, this one at the par 3 13th. The top 60 will make the cut and she is now getting dangerously close to falling out sitting in a tie for 53rd. She needs to grab a birdie over the next couple of holes to protect herself as the 18th is playing as the toughest hole on the course so far today.

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  15. Talley drops her second straight bogey and is now out of the top 60. She has four holes left to play and now has to become more aggressive to try and get a birdie. Hopefully she'll respond.

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  16. Talley pars the 15th, now just 3 holes to play to try and get back a stroke.

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    1. She doesn't have to panic. She's four over par and the U.S. Women's Open web page says that the projected cut is five over.

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  17. Michelle Wie is now six-under for the day and she has tied for the lead.

    Leaderboard at just before 1 P.M. CDT:

    T1. S. Gal (GER): -4 (34 holes*)
    T1. V. Hurst: -4 (33)
    T1. M. Wie: -4 (33*)
    T1. S. Pettersen (NOR): -4 (32*)
    5. C. Kerr: -3 (32)

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  18. At the Greenbrier Classic, J.B. Holmes is 2-under for the day through 10 holes and 7-under for the tournament. He is only one shot off the lead.

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    1. GO, J.B. HOLMES!

      I love Campbellsville. That's where Clem Haskins is from.

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  19. Michelle Wie is six-under for the day through 17 holes. She and Cristie Kerr are now tied with Suzanne Pettersen for the lead at four under.

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  20. Talley pars the 16th par 5. She now sits at +4 in the 66th position. Two holes left to play. She needs a birdie to insure that she'll make the cut, but also can't afford to bogey. It's a tough spot to be in for any player.

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  21. The morning starters are almost finished. Michelle Wie finishes with a glorious 66, the lowest round of the tournament so far.

    Leaderboard at 2 P.M. CDT:

    1. S. Pettersen (NOR): -5 (35 holes*)

    T2. M. Wie: -4 (36)
    T2. C. Kerr: -4 (36)

    T4. S. Gal (GER): -3 (36)
    T4. I. Park (KOR): -3 (36)
    T4. V. Hurst: -3 (36)

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  22. At the Greenbrier Classic, J.B. Holmes is three-under for the day through 11 holes. He is also 8-under for the tournament, and in a tie for the lead.

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  23. Emma Talley finishes par par and so she sits at +4 in 65th place after her two rounds. She will now have to sit and hope that the field moves in her direction. Currently the projected cut at the USGA site is +6.

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    1. She is two shots off the low amateur position. Currently the low amateur is Lydia Ko from New Zealand, who is at 2 over par. Ko, who is only 15 years old, is the top-ranked woman amateur golfer in the world.

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    2. Miss Ko shot a 74 yesterday and a 72 today. So she is at 146, two over par.

      Miss Talley shot a 73 yesterday and a 75 today. She is at 148, four over par.

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    3. Eric, you might want to keep an eye on Katherine Perry, an amateur from Cary, North Carolina who is currently 5 over par.

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  24. Maybe Andy Murray and Michelle Wie will win both inspired by LeBron James.

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    1. By the way, the commentators on ESPN2 were just killing Michelle Wie yesterday.

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    2. I caught some of that as well. I would like to see her actually find herself as a golfer. I heard a great interview with someone years back talking about her. He had interviewed her when she was 13 and had talked with her pretty regularly as she grew up playing golf. He said the one thing that always struck him about her was that she wanted to talk about anything but golf when you got her in a one on one conversation. He was saying that with other young phenoms who went on to have great success all they ever wanted to talk about was their sport and so he always looked at her cautiously because he just didn't think the drive was there.

      All this of course reminds me of Martina Hingis and the great interview I read with her after her first big year. She essentially said in the interview, I'm done trying so hard. All I got for trying really hard was people making comments about how fat I was. I gave up dating and having friends to play tennis and it's just not worth it.

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  25. Emma Talley is now tied for 60th place which means that she is under the cut.

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  26. Leaderboard at 3 P.M. CDT:

    1. S. Pettersen (NOR): -5 (36 holes)

    T2. M. Wie: -4 (36)
    T2. C. Kerr: -4 (36)

    T4. S. Gal (GER): -3 (36)
    T4. I. Park (KOR): -3 (36)
    T4. V. Hurst: -3 (36)
    T4. B. Recari (ESP): -3 (21*)
    T4. L. Thompson: -3 (21*)

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  27. ESPN2's coverage of the U.S. Women's Open has begun.

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  28. At the Greenbrier Classic, J.B. Holmes is 2 under for the day and 7 under for the tournament through 13 holes. He's only one shot off the lead. But play has been suspended due to lightning.

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  29. No one out on the course right now is more than two shots under par.

    The Leaderboard at 4:10 C.D.T.:

    1. S. Pettersen (NOR): -5 (36 holes)

    T2. M. Wie: -4 (36)
    T2. C. Kerr: -4 (36)

    T4. S. Gal (GER): -3 (36)
    T4. I. Park (KOR): -3 (36)
    T4. V. Hurst: -3 (36)

    T57. Miss E. Talley (a): +4 (36)

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  30. Lexi Thompson started her round on the 10th hole at 2 under par for the tournament. Here's how her first nine holes have gone:

    1. After parring 10 and 11, she birdied 12 to move to 3 under.

    2. After waiting for 21 minutes to tee off on the par-3 13th hole, she put her tee shot in the water and made a double bogey to fall back to 1 under.

    3. She then birdied 14 and 16 to move back to 3 under.

    4. On 18, she hit her approach shot into the water next to the green, and took another double bogey to fall back to 1 under.

    So that's three birdies, two double bogeys, and four pars for a one-over par 37. If nothing else, she's brought some welcome drama to ESPN2's coverage.

    The Leaderboard at 5:10 C.D.T:

    1. S. Pettersen (NOR): -5 (36 holes)

    T2. M. Wie: -4 (36)
    T2. C. Kerr: -4 (36)

    T4. S. Gal (GER): -3 (36)
    T4. I. Park (KOR): -3 (36)
    T4. V. Hurst: -3 (36)
    T4. J. Kang (KOR): -3 (29*)

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  31. Meanwhile, Miss Emma Talley has moved up to a tie for 52d place. She and Miss Lydia Ko may be the only two amateurs to make the cut.

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  32. Lexi Thompson (who is actually a year younger than Miss Emma Talley) bounces back from her double bogey on 18 by birdieing the first hole. She moves to even par for the day (four birdies and two double bogeys) and two under for the tournament.

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    1. Lexi Thompson's wild day ends with her at 1-under and tied for ninth in the tournament.

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  33. I'm out of here. We'll have a wrap-up of Round 2 later this evening.

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  34. The three amateurs to make the cut are Lydia Ko of New Zealand (2-over), Emma Talley of Princeton (4-over) and Alison Lee of Valencia, Calif. (5-over).

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