After a great warm up session on the range and putting green we got our U.S. Women's Open underway with a tee ball over the right fairway bunker to the center of the fairway on the par 4 10th.
We had 91 yards to the pin and hit a 52 degree to 18 feet behind the hole. She ended up two putting for par which is a great start in her first major championship. On the par 4 11th a short approach shot led to a bogey, and on the par 3 downhill 12th she hit a great 9-iron to 8 feet behind the hole and just burned the edge for birdie.
On the three shot par 5 13th we laid up to 73 yards and stuffed a lob wedge inside 5 feet and made the putt to get back to even par for the day. On the par 4 14th they moved the tee up 36 yards and it played downwind, so we changed our strategy and hit 3-wood off the tee to avoid the left fairway bunker.
Unfortunately, it didn't pay off as a pulled 7-iron and a failed up and down led to our second bogey of the day. On the downhill par 5 15th hole the tee was up so we blew driver over the corner, laid up with a 4-iron and then hit a lob wedge over the pin on the back fringe and three putted to fall to two over.
On the uphill par 4 16th Casie hit driver into the left rough and we were debating on the lie being a flyer, and selected a 5-iron from 176 yards and it definitely flew ... hit the back mound and came all the way back to 10 feet above the pin. The birdie putt burned the edge again so we were still at two over.
On the par 3 17th we got on TV, as Casie hit a 7-iron off the right dune that fronts the green and the ball kicked across the green 20 feet from the pin. She buried the putt to get back to one over and it was shown on TV again.
On the 18th tee we continued our "PBSU" ... which means Post Birdie Screw Up as she yanked her tee shot into the hazard, dropped, laid up on her 3rd shot, then hit her fourth shot onto the green and two putted for a bogey 6.
We made the turn in two over, missed the green at one and didn't get up and down for a bogey, then three putted the par 4 second for our third consecutive bogey to fall to plus-four.
On the par 3 third I underclubbed because the greens were getting really springy and she pulled the 6 iron into the left bunker and didn't get it up and down.
On the next hole we made a bounce back birdie where she stuffed another wedge into 6 feet and made the putt. Pars on five, six, and a misread by yours truly after a 7-iron to 8 feet on the par 3 seventh led to another par, but on the par 5 eighth hole we almost hit the green in two and got up and down for birdie to get back to three over.
A two-putt par on the ninth hole led to an opening round of 75, that puts us on the cut number heading into (today's) round. We tee off at 7:15 a.m. (today) and hopefully we be able to take advantage of softer conditions and pure greens. Off to bed, for a quick turnaround.