When big things happen, people have questions. We here at Golf News Net hope to provide answers to those questions for the big stories in golf. Today, we answer questions coming out the first round at the U.S. Women's Open.
How bout we start with: who's in the lead?
Great question. Three Americans lead at 3-under-par 69: Brittany Linicome, 2007 U.S. Women's Open champion Cristie Kerr and Lizette Salas.
How does this compare to 1998, the last time the U.S. Women's Open was at Blackwolf Run?
Fourteen years ago, 3 under par also led. Par was 71 that year, and Laura Davies shot 68 along with Kimberly Williams. Eventual champion Se Ri Pak was one behind with 69.
Lexi Thompson is a shot back. Could she win?
That's right. Thompson shot 70 to sit in a group of four players tied for fourth place. The 17-year-old became the youngest player to win an LPGA Tour event last year at the Navistar LPGA Classic. Was she to win on Sunday, Thompson would become the youngest major champion of either gender and, on the women's side, surpass Morgan Pressel for the title of youngest female major champion. Pressel won the 2007 Kraft Nabisco Championship at 18 years, 10 months, 9 days.
Where's Michelle Wie?
She shot 2-over 74. She is five shots back of the lead.
How is the field doing against par?
Only 14 players finished under par on Thursday. There were 23 players at par or better. On the flip side, 25 players shot 80 or worse.
It looks hot out there. Is it?
Incredibly so, according to reports. Several players said they went through water or other drinks on every hole. Wendy Ward said she needed a whole case of water to finish the round. An excessive heat warning is in place through Friday.