by Jeff Skinner
Unbearable heat, a difficult 6900 yard course, greens that are measured by the acre and a six hour round. Welcome to the 67th U.S. Women’s Open. On a tough day, played on a tougher course three American golfers worked their way around Blackwolf Run on a punishing day in a very impressive three under par. Cristie Kerr, Brittany Lincicome and Lizette Salas all shot 69 to tie for the lead at the premier women’s tournament of the year.
It’s actually a bit strange to look at the leaderboard and see American flags at the top. South Korea seemed to have found the secret to the Women’s Open as they have claimed three of the last five championships.
Cristie Kerr has the reputation of being a determined, focused player and she is very open about her desire to claim another U. S. Open Trophy to go with her 2007 victory. Long hitting Brittany Lincicome certainly has the game to contend on a course of this length. But the surprise of the day is Salas who is a LPGA rookie whose best finish this year is a T22 at the RR Donnelley back in March. And seventeen year old phenom Lexi Thompson and Jennie Lee are two more Americans that are only one off the pace.
The Americans will certainly be challenged over the next three days not only by the heat and the course but by the world’s best women golfers that are all looking to make their own history.