Amidst hot and windless conditions, China’s Shanshan Feng takes an early lead after carding a six-under-par 66 at the US Women’s Open.
The U.S. Women’s Open tests not only shot-making ability but also mental resiliency. And Feng proved that how mentally strong she is. She played her opening round in extreme weather conditions without a bogey and with six birdies — stringing three birdies in a row twice — while breaking 70 for the first time in 33 career Women’s Open rounds.
Feng, a 10-year LPGA veteran from China with seven tour wins, including the 2012 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, holds the first-round lead by one stroke over Amy Yang, the runner-up in the 2015 Women’s Open at Lancaster Country Club. Yang is making her 11th appearance in the U.S. Women’s Open. American Cristie Kerr, the 2007 Women’s Open champion, was among six players at 69.
Two-back at 68 are Lydia Ko and So Yeon Ryu. Among those at 69 are Cristie Kerr, who won the U.S. Women’s Open 10 years ago, and 17-year-old amateur Hye-Jin Choi. And in a clump at two-under par 70 are Brooke Henderson, In Gee Chun and Suzann Pettersen. Michelle Wie shot 73 along with Danielle Kang.
The 1st-day play was suspended because of lightning at Trump National Golf Club and many players didn’t finish their round 1 game.
Those who teed off early were fortunate. Britain’s Charley Hull finished on level par, while Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Georgia Hall, and Catriona Matthew are yet to complete their rounds.