US Women s Open 2010
July 8, 2010 by Post Team
US Women s Open 2010:Oakmont, Pennsylvania – Cristie Kerr and several other LPGA players traveled to western Pennsylvania in late May to see for themselves why the Oakmont Country Club will play from Thursday in U.S. Women’s Open is considered one of the most tortuous testing in all major championship golf.
The first time he played Kerr, predicted after the record of the victory could be between five and 10 shots over par, a very different result that his record 19-under 269 performance and unprecedented victory of 12 shots two weeks ago at the LPGA Championship in Rochester, NY When the native 32 years old, returned from Miami to the suburbs of Pittsburgh of practice rounds at Oakmont this week, his opinion had not changed much.
“ I think he’ll play as hard as I said,”said Kerr, now No. 1 in the world ranking of women after their second win in his last three starts. “ You never know. Could be less, someone could have a big performance – will not be any 19-unders in this course. I would be willing to bet everything in my bank account in that.”
Kerr has hardly been alone in that assessment.
“ It’s the hardest golf course I’ve played,”said Natalie Gulbis. “ One has to be right where you want to hit the ball. If you’re above the hole, it’s really easy to putt off the green. “I can play five times [May]. I had to play 25 times. Never came close to breaking par.
“ It will be very, very difficult. [The] USGA can trick out of the way you want. If we want to embarrass, it is very possible.”
The USGA always insists he is simply trying to identify the best player and not to humiliate anyone. However, Mike Davis, the USGA official in charge of design, recently admitted that the course will not be easy.
“ The greens are the fastest I’ve ever seen. There are a lot of undulation and a lot of movement in the streets and bunkers are very, very deep,”said Davis. “ I really think it will be the toughest test of golf in the LPGA players have ever seen. This is a course that tests every aspect of his game.”
In practice rounds, the Stimpmeter used to measure green speed was at 14, not quite incredible speed but certainly close enough, and the green is likely to recover faster the day.
When the men played the last of eight in the U.S. one contested at Oakmont in 2007, Angel Cabrera of Argentina won the tournament at 5-over par and greens were measured at 15. Women play a course that is about 620 meters short, 6613 yards with a par of 71.
In 1992 Women’s Open in the same place, Patty Sheehan and Juli Inkster tied at 4 under after 72 holes, Sheehan won in a playoff on Monday.
Inkster, who turned 50 two weeks ago, is in the field again this year and is just 15 years old, Alexis Thompson of Coral Springs, who turned professional last month, but will be playing in his fourth Open. She qualified for the first time at age 12, the youngest player to make the open field. She missed the cut that year and again in 2008 and then finished tied for 54th last year at Saucon Valley in Bethlehem, Pa. It does not seem the least intimidated by the circumstances or the golf course.
“ I just thought my game was ready and wanted to make my game to the next level,”he said of his decision to turn pro. “ If I just come to relax and play my own game, I think I’ll play very well here. I think I can compete.”
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