KOHLER, Wis. -- Seventeen-year-old Lexi Thompson has a share of the clubhouse lead during the first round of the U.S. Women’s Open.
Thompson shot a 2-under 70 on Thursday and is tied with Beatriz Recari of Spain and Ai Miyazato of Japan among early finishers.
Defending champion So Yeon Ryu finished with a 74 as players struggled in the nearly 100-degree heat and high humidity at Blackwolf Run, a challenging 6,944-yard course in central Wisconsin.
Se Ri Pak, who won the Open at Blackwolf Run in 1998, shot a 72. Cheyenne Woods, Tiger Woods’ niece, had a 75.
Top-ranked Yani Tseng has an afternoon tee time. She would become the youngest player to complete a career Grand Slam with a victory this weekend.
Beyond the challenges posed by Blackwolf Run’s layout, plus the heat and humidity, players also had to stay focused during six-hour rounds.
"I didn’t realize how slow it was going until I made the turn and it was three hours later," Thompson said.
Thompson said she didn’t feel like her group was playing slowly, and wasn’t sure why rounds were taking so long to complete.
"Maybe just the heat, and it was slowing a few people down," Thompson said.
Several players said the heat affected their concentration.
"You’re not thinking 100 percent clearly all the time," said Paula Creamer, who shot a 1-over 73.
Recari, who is from
"Doesn’t bother me too much," Recari said. "Just a matter of make sure that you hydrate yourself properly and drink plenty of water and take your electrolytes at the right time so you don’t have any lulls out there."