U.S. Women's Open, Day 1: Paging Mike Davis...
By Torleif Sorenson on 6/28/13
(Soundtrack by Chaka Khan)
Is USGA Executive Director Mike Davis taking the week off?
It's hard to think of another explanation for why Ha-Neul Kim was able to go deep in the first round of the U.S. Women's Open Championship on Thursday at Sebonack Golf Club. Late Thursday afternoon, she did pre-championship favorite Inbee Park one better, shooting a 6-under-par 66. Not only does this fly in the face of a course setup that pretty much everyone expected to be difficult, but it was also the fourth-lowest opening round in the history of the U.S. Women's Open. In fact, 36 women finished Thursday better than par.
Speaking through an interpreter, Kim said:
"I was very nervous coming in, and I thought in the practice round that the course was very difficult. Before playing today I thought that even par would be a very good score for me.I.K. Kim, Lizette Salas, Anna Nordqvist each shot 4-under 68s, leaving them in far better position for the weekend than some of the bigger names and contenders.
34 for 68World Golf Hall-of-Famer Juli Inkster has now played in exactly half of the U.S. Women's Opens ever held. Needless to say, her 34th appearance is a championship record.
And while Inkster didn't set a course record in the process, she carded an even par 72 that saw her hole out for eagle at the last.
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