Three previous U.S. Women’s Open champions, three veteran gamers with, together with this yr, 60 mixed begins in this championship.
Cristie Kerr, 43, Paula Creamer, 34, and Michelle Wie West, 31, performed alongside each other in the opening spherical at The Olympic Club.
Wie West was in thanks to her 2014 U.S. Women’s Open triumph. Kerr’s (2007) and Creamer’s (2010) exemptions had run dry and had been awarded particular invitations by the USGA.
All three had their moments on Thursday. Kerr birdied the primary gap and was even par by means of 13. Wie West was even by means of 15. And Creamer was simply 1 over after back-to-back birdies on Nos. 13 and 14.
The end, nevertheless, grabbed all three – Kerr bogeyed Nos. 14, 16; Wie West doubled 16 and bogeyed 17; Creamer performed the back-to-back par 5s in bogey-bogey – however all three are nonetheless in nice form to lengthen their stay.
Kerr shot 2-over 73, whereas Wie West and Creamer carded 74s.
Only 15 gamers shot below par in the opening spherical. And with the low-60 and ties making it to the weekend, the projected cut line is presently 3 over par.