U.S. Women's Open is underway, and already full of stories
The top story is, of course, the top of the leaderboard. As of this writing, that spot is currently taken by amateur Brittany Lang, a 19-year-old Blue Devil from McKinney, Texas.
Could we end up with another Se Ri Pak/Jenny Chuasiriporn playoff, a la 1998? In that infamous incident, Blue Devil Chausiriporn set the record for the lowest total ever by an amateur (290) yet still lost in a playoff to Se Ri Pak. Could this be Duke?s year?
All-American Brittany is showing all kinds of poise, as befits an NCAA champion, but I have to ask, what?s up with the Carolina blue shirt she was wearing yesterday? Dukies everywhere demand an explanation.
Even par isn?t always even par
Annika finished up even par, leaving her two off the lead, and in her post-round interview said ?if someone had told me ahead of time I?d finish up with even par, I would?ve taken it.? Meanwhile, 17-year-old Morgan Pressel started with five birdies yet finished with even par and broke down in tears. ?I let this get away,? she said. It?s not over yet, Morgan. Hang in there!
If you enjoy watching train wrecks, keep your eye on the 18th hole. Normally a par 5, they?ve changed it to a par 4 for the weekend (much like 16 at Pinehurst No. 2 last weekend). It?s now averaging 4.7 strokes, and eating some players alive. Jennifer Rosales, in her best Lara Croft: Tomb Raider getup, observed, ?this is a nightmare.?
Check out the full leaderboard here.
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While it is obvious from posts from Tim and Robert (and that means Rebel and "Heather") try to show differently, I am confident that we part ways with a feeling of mutual respect and pride in the work we achieved collectively and that they, in truth, will take pride in my work for them and in the future successes I will announce at http://jayflemma.blogspot.com and at the new company I will work for in the very near future. I am proud and honored to have done some of my best work for and with the TG team.
So yesterday was my last day at TG. I look forward to sharing new pieces with everyone at my new endeavors and at old well established print periodicals we all have enjoyed for decades which it is my honor to now serve.
All the best,