Webb shares early lead at U.S. Women's Open

Thu Jul 9, 2015 6:40pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

LANCASTER, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Hall of Famer Karrie Webb enjoyed a second-nine birdie spree that carried her to a four-under 66 and a share of the early first-round lead before weather interrupted the U.S. Women's Open on Thursday.

The 40-year-old Australian, a seven-times major winner, started at the 10th and after a steady tour of Lancaster Country Club's difficult back nine posted birdies at the second, fourth, sixth and eighth holes on the way home.

Tied at 66 was little-known American Marina Alex, who also took advantage of rain-softened conditions on the long, hilly layout with three birdies on the front nine.

Late in the afternoon wave of players, a tornado watch in the area gave way to a halt of play as the skies darkened, thunder boomed and heavy rain fell on Lancaster Country Club in the heart of Pennsylvania's Amish country.

One stroke back was South Korean Amy Yang after a 67, with 2012 winner Choi Na-yeon of South Korea also at three-under, through 15 holes, along with American Jane Park, through 13.

They were followed by six players in the clubhouse at 68.

Morgan Pressel, who had reached four-under by her 14th hole of the day before slipping back, was among those at 68 along with fellow Americans Austin Ernst, Sydnee Michaels and Liz Nagel, and South Koreans Chun In-gee and Lee Mi-hyang.


Jul 9, 2015; Lancaster, PA, USA; Karrie Webb lines up a putt on the tenth green during the first round of the U.S. Women's Open at Lancaster Country Club.   Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports