Smith shares US Women's Open lead

Russell Kirk

Russell Kirk

Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand, tied for the lead after the first round of the U.S. Women's Open at the Shoal Creek Club, had never played the front nine before Thursday's first round. "She doesn't give you any room".

Her approach landed two feet behind the hole and bounded into a collection area behind the green (Shoal Creek is equipped with the Sub Air system which sucks moisture out of the greens so they were firm Thursday).

Even though more than six inches of rain fell on the course between Sunday night and Wednesday morning, play started on time at the crack of dawn. It fits my eye. "I know he is going to do a good job so I can trust him". "You just have to deal with it".

"We played 72 of these U.S. Women's Opens, in fact, 117 U.S. Open Championships playing the ball as it lies, finishing the competition and so it's our intention to do that this week as well". The course is set up at 6,689 yards with a rating of 79.9 and a slope of 145. "Hopefully that keeps going".

2015, Lancaster C.C., Lancaster. Players reported plenty of mud balls on Monday and are anxious about that going forward as well as turf conditions.

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Reid said she chose to play the ball down in the wet conditions Wednesday. Mud on the ball makes it hard for the player to control.

Wie said she was having fun with her playing partners, No. 3-ranked Lexi Thompson (71) and Jessica Korda (77).

"It's tough for me today because I didn't see the front (nine)", said Ariya, 22, who became the first Thai player to win a major title when she captured the 2016 Women's British Open. "I think later on in the week it might be easier to get ahead of yourself". You are going to make bogeys.

Nine holes on Wednesday was the best she could muster.

"To finish strong, especially with that middle section, I'm really happy about that". Henderson hit a tree on the right of the par-5 sixth, but knocked a recovery shot from the base of the trunk and wound up rolling in a 20-foot putt for her first birdie of the day.

Gillman qualified for the Open with a three-shot victory over Arkansas' Maria Fassi at the U.S. Women's Open qualifier at the Deerwood Club in Kingwood, Texas on May 14.

Henderson took a rare week off last week to retreat to Naples, Fla., with sister and caddie Brittany, put in some practice and mentally rest up for the demands of the season's second major.

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She grew frustrated with the game shortly after when she didn't see improvement and nearly swore it off completely. I was really fighting all day. I made a lot of birdies and started to feel like I could make a comeback. "I'm feeling ready to go".

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