PINEHURST, N.C. —
It was her lowest opening round in a U.S. Women’s Open. She had started with an 80 or higher four of the last six years.
They were among only five players under par when the first round was halted by thunderstorms with 30 players who did not finish.
Kaymer, who started with a bogey-free 65 on his way to a wire-to-wire win, was among 15 players who broke par in the first round of the men’s Open. The scoring average Thursday was 75.73, about 21⁄2 shots harder than it was for the men.
Pinehurst No. 2 played 1,064 yards shorter than it did for the opening round of the U.S. Open. That didn’t make it any easier.
Except for Lewis.
“It was such an easy day,” Lewis said, referring to her game more than the golf course. “I played really, really solid, other that I had to make a few par putts. But other than that, I didn’t put myself in too bad of spots and made a few birdies.”
Former Women’s Open champion So Yeon Ryu, Katherine Kirk and 18-year-old amateur Minjee Lee were at 69.
“I think we put on a great show,” Wie said. “There are a couple of red numbers out there. There are a lot of people hovering around even par. But I think it’s great. I love that we are playing on the same stage as the men. I think it’s really interesting. It makes it very exciting.”
The show belonged to Lucy Li, the 11-year-old from the Bay Area who became the youngest qualifier in U.S. Women’s Open history.She missed only one fairway and was rarely out of position, though it cost the sixth-grader dearly when she was. Li made one triple bogey and two double bogeys, three blemishes on her card that led to a 78.