Golf on the West coast is about to get a whole lot more exciting.
Lexi Thompson has found herself in a familiar place at a major. She will be paired with Michelle Wie in the final group, but this time, she is trailing Wie by three strokes at the halfway point of the U.S. Women’s Open.
Michelle Wie birdied her final two holes of the day to record a second consecutive two-under 68 at the U.S. Women’s Open. Wie currently holds a three-stroke lead over Lexi Thompson (thru 14).
The 69th U.S. Women’s Open is set to begin at 6:45 a.m. ET. All of the prep work has been done, and now it’s time for 72 holes of the toughest test in golf. Here are the groupings and starting times, courtesy of the USGA.
Lydia Ko is the third ranked player in the Rolex World Rankings. She won two LPGA events as an amateur, and in April, won for the first time as a professional at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic. The sky is the limit for the 17-year-old from New Zealand.
A couple weeks ago, Inbee Park got into the winner’s circle for the first time in 2014 at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic. Park said her final round 61 at Manulife was a “big confidence boost, especially with the putting.” If Inbee continues putting lights out, then she will have a terrific opportunity to defend her 2013 U.S. Open title.
With a top-10 in 11 of 13 LPGA events this season, it is safe to say Stacy Lewis will contend at the 69th U.S. Open. Lewis has risen to number one in the Rolex World Rankings, and will be looking to improve on her career best T3 finish at the 2008 Open.
Michelle Wie is having one of her best seasons on the LPGA with eight top-10s, including a win at the LPGA Lotte Championship. In the pre-tournament press conference, she said, “I really feel like this is the beginning. I really feel like there’s so much ahead of me and I’m really grateful for everything that’s happened, and I can’t wait for the future.”
After making a six-foot downhill par putt on the final hole to finish T2 at the 2014 U.S. Open, Erik Compton said, “You can’t ever give up. I mean, we all have adversity in our lives, some are different than others. Some are more major. The up-and-down I made on 18 is an example of never giving up. I hit the world’s worst shot into the green and then got up-and-down.”
Martin Kaymer capped off his record-setting U.S. Open performance with a 10-footer for par to win the 114th edition by eight strokes over Erik Compton and Rickie Fowler. Kaymer is the seventh player in the history of the championship to go wire-to-wire, and his 271 (9-under) total score is second to Rory McIlroy’s 268 total score at the 2011 Open at Congressional.