Thursday, day 11 at the U.S. Open

Jun. 20, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

WEATHER PRECAUTION

The USGA has taken several precautionary measures in response to expected elevated temperatures throughout the week. Each day, the USGA will provide fans with a voucher for a complimentary bottle of water upon entry. Hydration stations have also been setup at locations throughout the course. Designated air conditioned cooling sites and first aid stations will be available. All fans planning to attend are strongly encouraged to remain hydrated.

 
ON TV

Television schedule for the U.S. Women's Open

Friday - ESPN2 - 3-7 p.m.

Saturday - NBC - 3-6 p.m.

Sunday - NBC - 3-6 p.m.

 
US AMATEUR CHAMPS

There are eight U.S. Women's Amateur champions in the field including two-time U.S. Women's Open champion Juli Inkster who won three straight U.S. Amateur titles before winning the '99 and '02 Opens.

- Juli Inkster (1980, 81, 82)

- Danielle Kang (2010, 11)

- Lydia Ko (2012)

- Jane Park (2004)

- Morgan Pressel (2005)

- Jennifer Song (2009)

- Emma Talley (2013)

- Mariajo Uribe (2007)

 
COLLEGE CHAMPS

There are six NCAA Div. I national champions in the 2014 U.S. Women's Open Championship:

- Caroline Hedwell (Oklahoma St. 2010)

- Maria Hernandez (Purdue 2009)

- Stacy Lewis (Arkansas 2007)

- Azahara Munoz (Arizona St. 2008)

- Jennifer Rosales (Southern California 1998)

- Dewi Claire Schreefel (Southern California 2006)

 
THE LAST TIME IT HAPPENED

Last back-to-back champ - Karrie Webb 2000, 2001

Last champ to win in first Open appearance - Birdie Kim 2005

Last amateur to win - Catherine Lacoste 1967

Last wire-to-wire winner - Annika Sorenstam 2006

Last to win with a round of 76 (at some point within the four rounds) - Se Ri Pak 1998

Last to win with a round of 77 - JoAnne Carner 1976

Last winner over age 40 - Meg Mallon (41) 2004

 
LUCY LI LIVE

11-year-old Lucy Li shot an 8-over 78 in her first U.S. Women's Open round. Li is the youngest player ever to reach an Open through qualifying. Her group, with pros Catherine O'Donnell and Jessica Wallace had some of the largest galleries around Pinehurst Thursday morning.

"It was great. It was a lot of fun. Yeah, I play better with the crowds. So yeah, it was good," Li said.

About the Donald Ross-designed No. 2 and if was "mad at Donald Ross?"

"Not really made at him, I just thought his golf courses are really tough. Some of the - even the shortest holes, if you're not in the right place, you can get double (bogey), easily."

Question - What's your plan for the rest of the day?

"East some more ice cream."

Question - How is that Starburst ice cream?

"It's good. It's melting, though."

More of Li breaking down No. 2...

"The rough is better than the sandy areas. I like the rough more than, because you can get into a footprint, and you're like this far off the fairway, and you have to lay up. I like the stuff. You've got to like the golf course, man."

"I like the golf course. It's just, it's tough. You miss the ball by three feet and it could be like a two or three-shot difference."


No. 7 at No. 2

With a few players still on the course Thursday evening, numbers from the first round showed No. 7, at a mild 392 yards, as the most difficult hole averaging 4.63 strokes per player.

No. 7 yielded no birdies, 76 bogeys and eight double bogeys or worse through 148 players.

No. 16, a par four playing 450 yards, was the toughest hole on the back nine. It was playing to a 4.52 average. It saw three birdies and nine doubles or worse.

No. 10, a 455-yard par five, was the easiest hole, and only hole playing under par, in the first round at 4.90 strokes per player. There were no eagles but 51 birdies, 76 pars, 22 bogeys and seven double bogeys on 10.