by Jeff Skinner
All dressed up and nowhere to go. That’s how about half the field felt yesterday at The U.S. Women’s Open in Colorado as the USGA was forced to suspend play due to lightning in the area. Plenty of golfers have yet to hit a ball and play will resume at 7:45 am MT today.
Many expected Cristie Kerr to be a force at this Open and she proved them right. Kerr was at two under par after 15 holes in the championship she values the most. Kerr is looking for another U.S. Open trophy to go with her one from 2007. She thinks the weather will make it difficult to get 72 holes completed by Sunday night. “It is, (difficult) and, you know, I’ve got a tough shot coming up ahead. At least I’ll get to practice it in the morning, you know, before we go out. It will be a 7:45 a.m. start. At least I will get to practice some long bunker shots before we go out, so maybe it’s a good thing for me. It is what it is, you know. I have finished plenty of U.S. Opens on Monday. It’s a big field. If you get any weather whatsoever first couple days with this size field, you’re not going to finish.”
Lee Westwood has started his march toward regaining the top spot in the Official World Golf Rankings. Westwood and rookie Mark Tullo share the lead at The Scottish Open. Westwood would once again be number one in the world with a win and be primed for the Open Championship which starts next week. “I like playing the week before a major because I like being competitive and the aggression of making putts when you have to make them,” Westwood said. “The more pressure I’m under this week the better, I think.” If he thinks there is pressure this week wait until next week when he tees it up in his native country at Royal St. Georges.
So Kris Blanks is leading at the John Deere Classic but the real story is that 47 year old Davis Love III is sitting one stroke off the lead. Love is pulling double duty lately as PGA Tour player and 2012 Ryder Cup Captain. Watching a sitting Ryder Cup Captain compete with the young studs he’ll soon captain is intriguing. Love, who has 20 PGA Tour wins picks and chooses his tournaments of late and spends plenty of time with his family. He’s been off for two weeks and he thinks that has helped him stay fresh for the tour. “I watched my son play a fair amount of golf … I watched my daughter ride horses,” he said. “I went paddle boarding five mornings in a row as my workouts. I think it’s important to be mentally refreshed and physically strong. We’ve seen that with a lot of the top players lately, from Greg Norman to Tiger (Woods). If they’re in shape and they feel good, it gives them confidence.”