The US Women’s Golf Open starts Thursday and I’m already messed up. This problem began when I glanced at the website and was totally psyched to see newscaster Robin Roberts showing up to do a golf clinic on Wednesday. I love her. I spent the rest of the day thinking of what it would be like for her to stand close behind me, arms wrapped around, helping me with my swing. Did I mention I love her?
One thing that isn’t messed up is the weather. It’s sunny in Bethlehem, Pa. right now, and that means there won’t be a repeat of the mudfest they had for the Men’s Open. This is a first for the Saucon Valley Course to host this championship and it measures a whopping 6740 yards, which makes it one of the longest in Women’s Tournament history. There’s a long creek that runs through the course and this will also be an accuracy factor.
Right now the tournament favorite is Lorena Ochoa, who has yet to win a US Open. She hasn’t been her sharpest on recent starts and will have to be very accurate off the tee on this course.
Rookie Ji Yai Shin leads the money list in 2009 and although she’s not a long hitter, she is very accurate from the tee.
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Cristie Kerr won the Open back in 2007 and has eight top ten places this season. She is in a good place mentally for this tournament.
Monday Paula Creamer threw out the 1st pitch at a Phillies game, but her hand injury is still a problem for her golf. She’s withdrawn from the past two events and it is still an issue for the Open.
Let’s keep a keen eye on the ladies – I mean the ball – at the Open.