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

Thu Jul 9, 2015 8:29pm 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 at the weather interrupted 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.

"I feel like I've had some good golf in me," said Webb, who has three top-10s in recent months including a share of seventh place last month at the Women's PGA Championship.

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 area.

After a two-hour wait, play was called off for the day with more than 50 players yet to finish the first round.

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.

"I drove the ball really well today," said Yang. "Staying in the fairway is key on this course."   Continued...

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