The fog blanket that kept conditions cold during the first two rounds of the US Women’s Open faded overnight and a bright sun swept over Olympic club San Francisco as the tournament’s third round major began on Saturday.
The dense seabed and accompanying icy wind hampered tee-driving distances through the first 36 holes, making the hilly and challenging lake course even more difficult for the terrain.
Despite the warmer weather, few players were able to gain much traction in Saturday’s opening games, where difficult hole locations and ankle-length rough generated much frustration.
The fastest round among the early starters belonged to American Angel Yin, who was three under on par over 16 holes, reducing her score to two over par for the tournament but still far from the lead.
Overnight leader Yuka Saso of the Philippines, who was under six 136 in her first two laps, was due to start alongside Lee6 Jeong-eun, who follows her suddenly, at 2:35 p.m. local hour.
Megha Ganne, a high school student from New Jersey who was in the spotlight of the tournament after coming out of nowhere to become the first round co-leader, is currently two strokes behind and will play in the pair immediately ahead of Saso.
New Jersey Senator Cory Booker took to Twitter on Saturday to cheer on Ganne ahead of his turn.
“In awe of New Jersey’s Megha Ganne and her spectacular performance at @USWomensOpen,” he wrote.
“I wish him good luck for the next round! #JerseyPride.”
The tweet comes a day after New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy also tweeted encouragement to the kind Ganne, 17. Read more
The 76th edition of the Major marks the first time it has been played at the iconic Olympic club, a course that has hosted five men’s US Opens.
The Men’s US Open will also be held in California this month in Torrey Pines, Southern California.
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