Oakmont: How Low and High Will They Go?
By Stephanie Wei under LPGA

Since it’s been well established that Oakmont is playing excruciatingly difficult and scores are going to be discouragingly high, what’s the over/under on anyone breaking par in the first round of the US Women’s Open? There’s gotta be someone who lights up the course and fires even par, right? With all the reports of the grueling challenge the ladies have ahead of them, it’s hard to say.

Here’s another ominous quote from USGA set-up chief Mike Davis:

“We had a lot of comments saying, ‘If they get this course any harder, no one’s going to break 75,’ ” he said. “You know, some of the players that maybe don’t play championship golf on a regular basis, you may see scores up in the 90s. My sense is this golf course is very much the same right now as it was in 2007.”

Encouraging! Honestly, I can see the players being seriously traumatized if they post a score in the 90s. I don’t care how difficult the course is. I mean, it’s almost cruel to inflict such a blow to their morale. But I guess that’s what the US Open is all about — to test the mind, body and spirit of every player with the champion being the one who manages to keep it together the best.

In the spirit of everyone and their moms guessing the cutline and winning score, let’s take our shots at the low score and the high score of the day. If someone manages to guess correctly, A) I’ll be astonished, and B) he/she will be rewarded with a copy of Christina Kim and Alan Shipnuck’s book, Swinging From My Heels.