Sunday, June 22
08:11 p.m. EDT USGA Vice President Dan Burton on the historic back-to-back championships: "My first thought is wow. Wow. If you let me write a script about how I would dream it to go, that's how it went. Just an absolutely wonderful two weeks, great golf. I think we achieved every objective we could have possibly set out to enumerate."
07:47 p.m. EDT One more from Wie: "I think one of the biggest lessons I've learned is to just really stay in the present and really try not to control everything. I think when, growing up, I just wanted to control everything. Have the perfect swing. Have the perfect putting stroke. And if something wasn't perfect, then I would start to freak out. I think over the years I started to learn, notice, that you can't be perfect. I started to look at other people's swings. There's so many different swings that wins golf tournaments. There's so many different putting strokes. You can't be perfect all the time. I just decided just to let it go, just to have fun, and just try to get better every day. And I think I've learned a lot from that."
07:36 p.m. EDT Michelle Wie in her post-round press conference: "I can't even think straight. I'm so happy right now. I'm just unbelievably happy. I'm so honored to be part -- to have my name on the trophy. Just so grateful for everything. I'm just really happy. I'm really thankful, just everything, feeling every single emotion I can right now."
06:34 p.m. EDT Wie, who first won a USGA championship in 2003 when she captured the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links: "I've been seeing the rules officials since I was 10 years old. I always feel like at U.S. Opens i'm seeing old family and friends."
06:33 p.m. EDT Wie on not being able to immediately find her ball on hole No. 16: "It was pretty scary, I think I aged about 15 years in 10 minutes."
06:32 p.m. EDT Michelle Wie: "I don't think this will ever get old, this is a dream come true for me right now."
06:30 p.m. EDT Lewis: "I'm proud that Michelle didn't limp in and barely win it, [with her birdie on 17] she really went out and won it. I think this is great for women's golf. I'm very happy for Michelle."
06:29 p.m. EDT Stacy Lewis: "I'm just proud that I hung in there and made birdies on 17 and 18. I was able to put some pressure on Michelle, and when I finished I really thought I was in it." -Lewis shot a final-round 66 and finished second with a 72-hole score of Even-par 280.
06:20 p.m. EDT Michelle Wie: "It was just like I said yesterday, I woke up so excited. I was just so grateful for this opportunity. And I definitely got a lot of goose bumps walking up 18 because I thought to myself how cool it was. I kind of had the same putt as Martin [Kaymer]. Didn't quite hit it as hard as he did. Oh, my God, I can't believe this is happening."
06:06 p.m. EDT What an incredible ending to a historic championship. Michelle Wie is able to recover from a late stumble at No. 16 with a 25-foot birdie putt on the 17th to give her a two-shot cushion heading to the home hole, and she makes par to seal victory in the U.S. Women's Open. A long-awaited victory for a great champion. Congrats.
05:13 p.m. EDT Michelle Wie (-3) just misses her birdie putt on the 15th hole and will settle for a par to maintain her three-shot lead over clubhouse leader Stacy Lewis. You can catch the conclusion of this historic championship on www.uswomensopen.com, and follow along with live scoring.
05:08 p.m. EDT Showing no signs of nerves, Michelle Wie hits her tee shot on the par-3 15th hole, playing 170 yards during the final round, to eight feet below the hole. She'll need this one to extend her lead to four shots and begin to put this one out of reach.
05:04 p.m. EDT Michelle Wie takes advantage of the relief she took from the sprinkler head being in her line of play on the 14th hole and hits a nice chip to two feet. She taps in for par. Three-stroke lead, four holes to play, and her closest pursuer, Stacy Lewis, has run out of holes.
05:00 p.m. EDT Michelle Wie is getting relief from left of the 14th hole due to a sprinkler being in her line of play. The Rules Corner section of Video on Demand at www.uswomensopen.com includes a video from this week that explains the situation and the proper procedures under the Rules of Golf.
04:55 p.m. EDT Low amateur update: Brooke Mackenzie Henderson posted a final-round 1-under 69 to finish at 5-over 285. She currently leads Minjee Lee (+7) by two strokes for the honor. Henderson, 16, is also currently tied for 10th. The top 10 finishers and ties will be exempt into the 2015 U.S. Women's Open at Lancaster (Pa.) Country Club.
04:47 p.m. EDT Facing a tricky downhill birdie putt on the 13th holes from about 40 feet, Michelle Wie hits a nice lag putt to about a foot and cleans up for a critical par. At 3-under, she leads by three, with Stacy Lewis (E) in the clubhouse.
04:40 p.m. EDT They don't have anyone in the top-three right now, but very quietly, players from Korea are still making their presence felt at the U.S. Women's Open. Winners of the championship in five of the last six years, Korean-born players currently have four players in the top-10, the largest representation of any country.
04:36 p.m. EDT Prior to Sunday, Michelle Wie led after 54 holes at a U.S. Women's Open twice, in 2005 and 2006. She posted final round scores of 82 and 73, respectively. So far, she's one-under for her round with six holes to play, and holds a three-stroke lead.
04:34 p.m. EDT More on Stacy Lewis' round (66): Eight birdies, four bogeys, 26 putts.
04:31 p.m. EDT Stacy Lewis fires a 66 and posts Even-par 280 after a drilling a 10-foot birdie try. She'll wait and see if Michelle Wie and company can beat that score.
04:21 p.m. EDT Lewis bounces back with a birdie on the par-3 17th. If she can birdie the 18th, she will post even par 280 and perhaps put some pressure on Wie.
04:19 p.m. EDT Lewis fades further with a bogey on the 16th, dropping her to third place, five strokes behind Wie. Amy Yang is now in second place at 1 over par.
03:54 p.m. EDT Wie calmly sinks the eagle putt, moving to 3 under par for the championship, four strokes ahead of Stacy Lewis. Ten minutes ago, Wie's lead was just one stroke.
03:50 p.m. EDT Lewis saves bogey on No. 14 to drop to two strokes behind Wie, who has an eagle putt on the par-5 10th hole after a lovely 170-yard approach shot to 12 feet.
03:48 p.m. EDT Stephanie Meadow, playing in her first event as a professional, sunk an eagle putt on the par-5 10th hole, getting her to even par for the day and 2 over for the championship, three strokes behind Wie's lead.
03:42 p.m. EDT Lewis ran into some trouble on the 14th hole. She her drive to the right, into a natural sandy area, and from there she had an awkward stance and hit her next shot into the sandy area farther down the right side. She will have to scramble to make bogey.
03:21 p.m. EDT Stacy Lewis (E) is now one stroke back of Michelle Wie after driving it into the greenside bunker on the par-4 13th hole and getting up and down for birdie. Lewis began the day six strokes back of the lead, the largest final-round comeback in U.S. Women's Open history is five strokes, it's happened five times.
03:15 p.m. EDT A missed opportunity for Stacy Lewis to pull even closer to Michelle Wie, as a nice approach shot on the 12th hole to 20 feet leaves her a birdie try that just goes begging. Still, only 16 putts through 12 holes, and she is very much in contention.
03:09 p.m. EDT Amy Yang, short of the green with her approach shot on No. 7, walks away with another bogey, while Wie narrowly misses a birdie try from about 15 feet before cleaning up for par. She remains in front by two strokes.
03:01 p.m. EDT One of Wie's closest pursuers just had a setback, as So Yeon Ryu three-putted from about 40 feet on the par-4 eighth hole to drop down to +2, three back of Wie.
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02:54 p.m. EDT Wie can't connect on her birdie try, as it just breaks a little more than she had played for. She remains two ahead of Ryu, Yang and Lewis.
02:51 p.m. EDT Great tee shot on the par-3 sixth for Wie, she has eight feet left for birdie. With Ryu and Lewis making a charge, she'll need to pick up shots when she can this afternoon. Nine players with five shots of the lead.
02:49 p.m. EDT Remember 18-hole leader Stacy Lewis? She's leaving her competitors at the top of the leader board little choice. The world No. 1 just made her third birdie in a row on the par-5 10th and at +1 is just two strokes back of the lead.
02:44 p.m. EDT It's now a two-shot lead for Wie, as she misses a 13-foot birdie try on the high side of the hole on the par-5 fifth. Yang reached in two and narrowly missed an eagle try to move to +1 and just two strokes back along with Ryu, who made a 15-foot putt for birdie on No. 7.
02:40 p.m. EDT Quick note: Juli Inkster's 66 from Saturday has been matched today by Catriona Matthew, who carded six birdies and an eagle to finish +5 for the championship. Matthew had 75s in Rounds 1 and 3 that held her back from contention.
02:34 p.m. EDT An interesting story line is developing a not too far down the leader board. Brooke Mackenzie Henderson, 16, is 2-under through 11 holes on the day and now +4 for the championship, moving ahead of Minjee Lee (+6) in the race for low-amateur honors.
02:27 p.m. EDT It's been a tough start for Amy Yang, as she has continued to struggle around the greens. After hitting her approach shot on the par-4 fourth hole to about 35 feet, she leaves her birdie try short and then misses a four-foot par attempt to move down to +2 and extend Wie's lead to three shots, as Ryu made bogey also simultaneously on No. 6. Wie, meanwhile, made a nice par on 4 after an errant tee shot forced her to lay up short of the green to stay at 1 under par.
02:22 p.m. EDT Juli Inkster has been slow coming out of the gates in her quest to become the oldest player in history to win a major championship. Two bogeys in her first four holes has her at +4, five shots behind Michelle Wie.
02:14 p.m. EDT Both Yang and Wie miss out on good opportunities on driiveable par-4 third hole (playing 235 today), as solid pitches onto the green from left of the fairway yield two birdie tries inside 15 feet. Neither can convert, though, and Wie remains two strokes up.
02:06 p.m. EDT Those looking to pick up shots down the stretch on Sunday need to beware: Here are the number of birdies yielded so far today on holes 14-18: 2,3,1,8,2. No. 16 is playing has the toughest hole on the golf course so far.
02:02 p.m. EDT Michelle Wie holds a two-shot lead over Amy Yang and So Yeon Ryu through two holes of the last group's final round. Here's how: Wie and Yang bogeyed No. 1 after Wie's approach shot ended up short of the green and her putt onto the green ended up 15 feet short, while Yang was right of the green of her approach, her first chip rolled back off the green after coming up short, she got up and down from there for a 5. On No. 2, Wie two-putted from 25 feet for par, while Yang missed her second green in regulation and three putted after chipping onto the green. Meanwhile, Ryu has birdied three holes and bogeyed No. 3.
01:14 p.m. EDT Very quickly, another U.S. Women's Open champion has taken another step closer to the leaders. 2011 winner So Yeon Ryu makes birdie on the first hole to become the fifth player at +2, four shots behind Wie and Yang. It's Sunday at Pinehurst No. 2. - anything can happen.
01:10 p.m. EDT Storylines for each of the last three groups: 1:13 - Na Yeon Choi is trying to win her second U.S. Women's Open in three years, while Minjee Lee is trying to become just the second amateur in history to win the championship. 1:24 - Juli Inkster is trying to win her third U.S. Women's Open and become the oldest major champion in history, while Stephanie Meadow is trying to win the championship in her pro debut. 1:35: This is the third time Michelle Wie has held at least a share of the 54-hole lead (2005-06), while Amy Yang was the runner-up to Choi in 2012.
01:03 p.m. EDT What a round going by Catriona Matthew. She's had five birdies and an eagle in her first 12 holes and is +4, six strokes back of the lead. She's currently in a tie for 12th, which is nothing out of the ordinary for the Scotland native. She's finished in the top-25 10 times in 16 starts.
12:42 p.m. EDT Michelle Wie has been in the spotlight for years now. Here's some more information on 54-hole co-leader Amy Yang: Yang is a 24-year-old professional golfer from the Republic of Korea who has lived in Orlando, Fla., since 2007, shortly after she turned professional. Yang has one LPGA and three Ladies European Tour victories. Nearly a year ago, Yang began working with Orlando-based swing coach, Brian Mogg. Since then, Yang has added to her reputation for consistency. Playing in her eighth U.S. Women’s Open, Yang has three top-10 finishes, including a runner-up in 2012. She is currently 20th on the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings.
12:35 p.m. EDT Co-leaders Michelle Wie and Amy Yang begin their final rounds at Pinehurst No. 2 at 1:35 p.m. EDT. While they've taken different paths to where they are now, they are both after the Harton S. Semple Trophy. Take a look at our side-by-side comparison of the two players, featured now at www.uswomensopen.com.
12:08 p.m. EDT Yani Tseng ends up in a greenside bunker off the tee on the par-4 13th hole, playing just 241 yards today, and gets up and down for a birdie-3. She has now birdied four of her last six holes and has the low round of the day going (3 under par).
11:59 a.m. EDT For Sunday's final round, Chevron has graciously agreed to increase their donation to Eagles For Education to $10,000 per eagle and $20,000 for each hole-in-one, up from $5,000 and $10,000, respectively, during the first three rounds. For more information about the Eagles For Education program you can visit www.usga.org/Chevron.
11:49 a.m. EDT Eleven-year-old Lucy Li has been the talk of the championship, and rightfully so, but another youngster that deserves praise is 15-year-old Andrea Lee. The third-youngest player in the field, Lee made the 36-hole cut and finished up the championship a short while ago with a final-round 77 to post a 72-hole score of 23-over 303. The youngest player to ever make the cut? Marlene Hagge, who was 13 when she accomplished the feat in 1947, the second year of the championship.
11:42 a.m. EDT Two of the three best rounds on the golf course right now are by players from Chinese-Taipei in Candie Kung (-3 on her round) and Yani Tseng (-2). South Africa's Lee-Anne Pace is also 2-under for the day.
11:21 a.m. EDT Yani Tseng continues her strong Sunday play. A really nice second shot on No. 10 gave her a look at eagle from about 10 feet, she just misses the putt but cleans up for birdie. She then hits her tee shot in a native area right of the 11th fairway but nearly holes her approach shot before making an eight-foot putt for birdie. She's now 2-under on her round, and has birdied three of her last four holes.
11:20 a.m. EDT Seen out at Pinehurst No. 2 today: The hole location on the par-4 ninth is giving players some genuine difficulty. It's cut in the front right and lots of golf balls hit towards it are rolling down the slope off the green. Only two birdies so far today.
10:59 a.m. EDT Yani Tseng is battling right now as she tries to finish strong at Pinehurst No. 2. She hit a nice approach shot on No. 8 from the native area and rolled in a birdie putt, and just made a nice up and down for par on No. 9 from right of the green. She's currently +12 for the championship and in a tie for 45th. A winner of five majors, Tseng has traditionally struggled in the Women's Open, having made the cut just five times in nine starts counting this year, with one top-10 finish.
10:23 a.m. EDT Now beginning her final round: Defending champion Inbee Park. Park has never seriously contended this week, having opened with rounds of 76-71-73. She two-putts for par to open her final round.
09:57 a.m. EDT Only two players on the course are under par in their final rounds so far today: Candie Kung and five-time major champion Yani Tseng. Both are 1-under thus far.
09:14 a.m. EDT Each of the last seven groups in Sunday's final round has at least one player in it who knows what it's like to win a national championship, as each one has at least one USGA champion. That may come in handy down the stretch today at Pinehurst No. 2.
09:13 a.m. EDT Scoring averages during the first three rounds of the U.S. Women's Open: Round 1 - 75.83, 75.07, 73.30. The scoring averages for the first three rounds of the U.S. Open: 73.23, 72.89, 73.82. It was 72.40 for the final round.
08:07 a.m. EDT Amateur Minjee Lee enters the final round in a tie for third place, four strokes back of the lead. Only one amateur has won the championship, Catherine Lacoste in 1967. She's on-hand this week, and talked a little about the differences between the decisions she faced when she was an elite amateur versus those of today. You can read more in Saturday's U.S. Women's Open notebook on uswomensopen.com.
07:49 a.m. EDT Michelle Wie and Amy Yang are both looking for their first major championships, but both have extensive experience as contenders in the U.S. Women's Open. Sunday will mark the third time time that Wie will at least share the 54-hole lead at the Women's Open, the last time coming in 2006, when she finished a career-best tied for third. Yang has consistently been in contention in recent years, finishing runner-up to Na Yeon Choi in 2012 at Blackwolf Run and also registering top-10 finishes in 2011 and 2010.
07:14 a.m. EDT The first competitor to begin her round today is reigning U.S. Women's Amateur champion Emma Talley is Mandy Moore, a former Wake Forest Demon Deacon who is now an assistant golf professional at Pine Needles and Mid Pines Resort.
07:12 a.m. EDT Welcome to U.S. Women's Open Sunday from Pinehurst No. 2 everyone! Final-round play is underway, with 71 players left in their quest for the Harton S. Semple Trophy.
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08:58 p.m. EDT Thanks for following the action today. We'll be back in the morning for final-round coverage of the 2014 U.S. Women's Open. See you tomorrow, Pinehurst!
07:13 p.m. EDT Michelle Wie and Amy Yang will tee off at 1:35 p.m. EDT tomorrow, with play beginning at 7:10 a.m. Full groupings and starting times can be found at www.uswomensopen.com.
06:13 p.m. EDT Minjee Lee (+2, 72) is currently the low amateur by four strokes, also finds herself four strokes back of the lead. Her thoughts on tomorrow's round, in which she'll play in the third-to-last group with 2012 U.S. Women's Open champion Na Yeon Choi: "I've been in this position, but not in a big tournament like this, obviously. Yeah, I think it will be different and I'll just try my best."
06:12 p.m. EDT Michelle Wie post-round (-2, 72): "A lot of positives heading to tomorrow. I feel my putting was good and I am grateful to be in contention. As an American I'm going to play with a lot of pride tomorrow."
05:44 p.m. EDT This is the third time that Michelle Wie will enter the last day of the U.S. Women's Open either owning or sharing the 54-hole lead. The other two instances, in 2005 and 2006, she finished tied for 23rd and tied for 3rd, respectively.
05:36 p.m. EDT Michelle Wie makes par at No. 18 to complete a round of 2-over 72. It will be Wie and Amy Yang in the final grouping for Sunday's final round, tied for the 54-hole lead at 2 under par.
05:25 p.m. EDT Amy Yang narrowly misses a 15-foot par putt on No. 18 to finish with a bogey and a 1-under 69, putting her at 2 under par for the championship. The 24-year-old from Korea was the runner-up in the 2012 U.S. Women's Open.
05:06 p.m. EDT Minjee Lee, the 18-year-old amateur from Australia, hits her approach shot to two feet on the par-3 17th and sinks the putt for birdie to get to 1 over par for the championship, four strokes behind the lead of Amy Yang.
04:51 p.m. EDT Following a bogey by MIchelle Wie at No. 14, Amy Yang is in the lead by herself, by one stroke.
04:50 p.m. EDT Stephanie Meadow, in her debut as a professional, makes par on No. 18 to shoot a 1-under 69 and move to 2 over par for the championship.
04:23 p.m. EDT For the first time since early in the second round, Michelle Wie does not hold the lead by herself. Following a double bogey-bogey stretch on holes 11 and 12, she is at 3 under par, tied with Amy Yang.
04:10 p.m. EDT Michelle Wie double bogeys the par-4 11th hole, dropping to 4 under par, just one stroke ahead of the surging Amy Yang.
04:08 p.m. EDT There have been five sub-par rounds posted so far today, including Pornanong Phatlum of Thailand, who shot 69. She lipped out a short putt on No. 18 that would have given her a 2-under 68.
04:02 p.m. EDT Amy Yang quietly moving up the board. Makes a 15-foot birdie putt at No. 12 to get to -3 for the championship and -3 for the round. Remember, Yang was the runner-up to Na Yeon Choi two years ago at Blackwolf Run. Plays tough layouts well.
03:59 p.m. EDT Michelle Wie with errant drive on No. 11. Deep in the pine straw with no shot to reach the green. Lexi Thompson also drove it in the native area on the hole.
03:51 p.m. EDT Michelle Wie and Lexi Thompson each register two-putt birdies at No. 10. Wie now at -6 for the championship and leads by four over Amy Yang. Thompson is six back at even par.
03:46 p.m. EDT Both Michelle Wie and Lexi Thompson reach par-5 10th in two shots. Wie will have a long eagle putt. Thompson has about 15 to 17 feet for eagle.
03:40 p.m. EDT Juli inkster being interviewed by NBC's Dan Hicks and three-time U.S. Women's Open champion Annika Sorenstam in booth. Inkster asked again about being last Women's Open and she continues to say this is her swan song. Inkster won three consecutive U.S. Women's Amateurs from 1980-82 and won two U.S. Women's Opens (1999 and 2002).
03:36 p.m. EDT Michelle Wie extends lead to three over Amy Yang by holing 5-foot birdie putt at No. 9, the same hole where Lexi Thompson recorded a 5. Thompson now trails Wie by six strokes, but still a long way to go.
03:35 p.m. EDT Australian Amateur Minjee Lee holes a short birdie at No. 10 to get back to even par for the championship. Lee is No. 1 in the Women's World Amateur Golf Ranking and won the 2012 U.S. Girls' Junior.
03:34 p.m. EDT Consecutive double bogeys for Lexi Thompson. Makes a 5 at the par-3 ninth. Now five back of Michelle Wie. Was only one behind going into No. 8.
03:32 p.m. EDT Long two-putt birdie for Amy Yang at No. 10. The runner-up in 2012 is now at -2 for the championship, just two behind Michelle Wie.
03:30 p.m. EDT More problems for Lexi Thompson at No. 9. Took a drop for a temporary immovable obstruction, but when she dropped in the drop zone, the ball settled in an old divot. Going to be a challenging second shot on the par-3 hole.
03:28 p.m. EDT Stephanie Meadow hanging tough. Holes a 5-foot par putt at No. 12 to stay at -3 for the round and even par for the championship.
03:21 p.m. EDT Consecutive birdies for Stacy Lewis, as she rolls in a 6-footer at No. 10 after finding a greenside bunker with her second shot. Back to +1 for the first-round leader. She is five behind Wie.
03:19 p.m. EDT Two-stroke swing at No. 8. Wie two-putts for par, while Lexi Thompson makes a double-bogey 6. Lead back to 3 for Wie, the same as it was when the round began.
03:13 p.m. EDT Lexi Thompson with a big mistake at No. 8. Approach shot skips left of green and her third shot failed to get to the putting surface. A bogey would be a good score right now.
03:11 p.m. EDT Three-putt bogey for Stephanie Meadow at the 11th hole. Back to even par for the championship and -3 for the round.
03:08 p.m. EDT Short birdie at the ninth hole gets first-round leader Stacy Lewis back to +2 for the championship.
03:05 p.m. EDT Stephanie Meadow's round includes five birdies, one bogey and four pars. If she pars in, she'll match Juli Inkster's championship-low round of 66.
03:02 p.m. EDT Stephanie Meadow with a birdie at No. 10. Now 4 under for the day and -1 for the championship after 46 holes.
02:49 p.m. EDT Reminder: Live coverage of Round 3 begins at 3 p.m. EDT on NBC.
02:47 p.m. EDT Two good tee shots on par-3 sixth. Wie to 15 feet, Lexi inside of that. Both miss their birdie tries and make pars. Wie still leads by one, while meanwhile, Amy Yang has yet to make a par through six holes (four birdies, two bogeys) and has moved to -2, just two strokes off the lead.
02:44 p.m. EDT Inkster: "You can think and you can dream all you want, but you've come out and make the shots. I'm just going to enjoy the moment, and hit a few balls, and see what happens."
02:41 p.m. EDT Juli Inkster, 53, got a rousing ovation as she walked up the 18th hole on Saturday: "The cheers never get old to me, you're never too old for that."
02:40 p.m. EDT Juli Inkster (+2, 66): "I hit my irons, I had a lot of chances for birdies, especially on the front side, and I managed my game on the back, the pins were a little bit trickier on the back nine."
02:33 p.m. EDT The margin is now one stroke. Lexi Thompson hits a terrific second shot to 10 feet on the par-5 fifth and narrowly misses her eagle try but taps in for birdie to move to -2. Wie, meanwhile, sees her eight foot birdie try lip out. Thompson is now -3.
02:32 p.m. EDT What a round by Juli Inkster. The 53-year-old just posted a 4-under 66, the lowest score of the championship and a round that included five birdies against just one bogey. She's now +2 and in a tie for fifth.
02:26 p.m. EDT Michelle Wie has shown her power off the tee this afternoon. Number four was a perfect example. The duo both made pars, but Wie out-drove Lexi by about 25 yards.
02:04 p.m. EDT Game on. Lexi Thompson just made a lengthy birdie putt on the par-4 third hole to move to -2, and still trails Michelle Wie, who makes a birdie of her own, by two strokes. (corrected)
01:53 p.m. EDT A pair of pars for Wie and Thompson on the second hole. This is the first time that Michelle Wie has held a 36-hole lead in the U.S. Women's Open. She was the 54-hole leader, however, in 2005 and 2006. She was most recently in the final group of Round 3 in 2012 at Blackwolf Run.
01:49 p.m. EDT Add another name to the fray in Stephanie Meadow, who is making her professional debut this week at Pinehurst No. 2. The two-time Great Britain & Ireland Curtis Cup competitor has birdied two of her first five holes and is now +1, just four back of the lead, and currently in a tie for fourth. In 2008, Stacy Lewis made her pro debut in the Women's Open after participating in the Curtis Cup and tied for third.
01:38 p.m. EDT And just like that, it's a two stroke margin. Wie hit the fairway off the tee while Thompson ended up in a native area, but Lexi hit a great approach shot to 15 feet, while Wie missed the green with her second and ends up making bogey. Thompson two putts for par. That also means nine players are now within five strokes of the lead.
01:28 p.m. EDT Pinehurst No. 2 is playing the shortest that it has in three rounds, at 6,270 yards. The greens are running at an average of 12.5 feet on the stimpmeter.
01:27 p.m. EDT Lexi Thompson is in the final group of the U.S. Women's Open, but she's not going to allow that to get in the way of her giving a ball to a young fan right before she started. Very nice moment at Pinehurst No. 2.
01:26 p.m. EDT The final group is on the golf course, as Lexi Thompson and Michelle Wie have begun their third rounds. You can follow along with live scoring at www.uswomensopen.com
01:16 p.m. EDT We've seen great fan support today at Pinehurst No. 2. The grandstands surrounding the first tee are full, and there has been a large following for Juli Inkster, who with yet another birdie on No. 12 is now 4-under for her round and +2 for the championship.
01:14 p.m. EDT Only two more groups left to tee off in Round 3 at Pinehurst No. 2. Saturday's penultimate pairing, amateur Minjee Lee and Amy Yang, are on the first tee, with Michelle Wie and Lexi Thompson slated to begin right after them at 1:25 p.m. EDT. Coverage begins on NBC at 3 p.m. EDT.
01:00 p.m. EDT Juli Inkster is turning back the clock, and taking the gallery with her. Her birdie on 10 led to a loud roar from the fans and a fist pump from the 53-year-old, and she continues to strike the ball well. She made par on 11 after just missing a 14-foot birdie try.
12:53 p.m. EDT We've had one sub-par round posted so far today, and it's in the form of Brittany Lang, the 2005 co-runner up at Cherry Hills Country Club. Lang posted three birdies and two bogeys for a 1-under 69, and is +7 for the championship.
12:04 p.m. EDT Juli Inkster is not just here for a victory lap in her last U.S. Women's Open, she's here to contend. The 53-year-old two-time U.S. Women's Open champion is 3 under par through seven holes, moving to 3 over par for the championship.
11:31 a.m. EDT The scoring average during Round 1 at Pinehurst No. 2 was 75.83, and 75.01 in Round 2. So far on Saturday, albeit based on a limited sample size, the scoring average is 73.99.
11:08 a.m. EDT Amateur Minjee Lee, 18, will begin Saturday's third round in a tie for third at Even-par, just four strokes behind leader Michelle Wie. On-hand at the championship today is Catherine Lacoste, who to date is the only amateur in history win the U.S. Women's Open, accomplishing the unmatched feat in 1967. She has been a lifelong amateur golfer, and professional golf was never something she seriously considered. "Back then, if I was a professional, I would have won $5,000. It wouldn't have been life-changing."
11:04 a.m. EDT We can expect to see a higher scoring average on hole No. 3 today. After playing just 229 yards and as comfortably the easiest hole on the course on Friday, it has been lengthened to 340 yards for Round 3 with a hole location in the back of the green. Players in the early groups are having trouble going at the flag and keeping their balls on the green.
10:59 a.m. EDT It's been a tough round for reigning U.S. Women's Open champion Emma Talley thus far, but she'll at least have something to smile about. After a 42 on her outward nine, she reached the par-5 10th hole in two strokes and made an incredible putt for an eagle 3. It's already the fourth eagle that the field has recorded in Round 3.
10:43 a.m. EDT Programming reminder: Live third round coverage will begin from Pinehurst No. 2 at 3:00 p.m. EDT on NBC.
10:41 a.m. EDT Two-time U.S. Women's Open champion Juli Inkster is playing in her 35th, and likely last, U.S. Women's Open, and she's making the most of it. After comfortably making the cut, she's started out her third round with a birdie on No. 1 and is now tied for 22nd.
09:53 a.m. EDT Here's a U.S. Women's Open trivia question as players continue to begin their third round. Michelle Wie is currently tied for the most birdies in the championship, with eight. Who has matched her? 16-year-old French amateur Mathilda Cappeliez.
09:45 a.m. EDT Michelle Wie and Lexi Thompson are garnering much of the attention heading into the third round, but it should be noted that the top of the leader board as a whole is quite impressive, with six major champions tied for 10th or better.
09:17 a.m. EDT Jang birdies the par-3 ninth hole to make the turn at 3-under 32.
08:47 a.m. EDT The hole location on the par-4 first hole is giving players some early trouble. It is cut in the back-left portion of the green, bringing the left greenside bunker into play. Emma Talley, the reigning U.S. Women's Amateur champion, missed the green and ended up with a triple bogey to start her round.
08:32 a.m. EDT Conditions this morning are good for scoring. Ha Na Jang, of Korea, made a birdie on No. 4 and an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole. She is 2 under par through seven holes following a bogey on No. 7.
07:55 a.m. EDT The sun is out and it's another warm and humid morning here in the Sandhills. Pinehurst received 0.07 inches of rain overnight.
07:33 a.m. EDT Lucy Li will appear live on The Today Show this morning at 8:15 a.m. EDT.
07:01 a.m. EDT Good morning and welcome to the third round! A total of 71 competitors made the 36-hole cut, which came at 9 over par. With the odd number of players advancing to Saturday, Jennifer Johnson, a 22-year-old professional from Carlsbad, Calif., was assigned the first starting time, 7:00 a.m. She opted to play solo, with a USGA volunteer serving as an official scorer.
Friday, June 20
10:36 p.m. EDT Thanks for following along, everyone. Round 3 begins at 7:00 a.m. EDT Saturday morning. See you tomorrow, Pinehurst!
08:53 p.m. EDT Michelle Wie and Lexi Thompson will be in Saturday's final pairing, with a start time of 1:25 p.m. EDT. Play begins at 7:00 a.m. EDT, groupings and starting times can be found at www.uswomensopen.com.
07:40 p.m. EDT Thompson on being in Saturday's final pairing with Michelle Wie: "It will be fun and we'll probably be talking a little between shots, but we're going to be super-focused and we're going to try and beat the entire field, not just each other."
07:38 p.m. EDT Thompson: "There's not as many birdie holes on this golf course. Out here you have to put your ball on certain parts of the greens and take your par and be happy with it. Sometimes out here even bogeys are good."
07:36 p.m. EDT Lexi (-1, 68): "Today went very well for me, I stayed within my routine and went one shot at a time. That's what the U.S. Women's Opens are all about, you just have to stay patient."
07:30 p.m. EDT Lexi Thompson has quietly matched Michelle Wie for the day's best round with a 2-under 68. She made three birdies in a row on her inward nine, and was pretty steady throughout, making eight straight pars to start out her round.
07:28 p.m. EDT Lucy Li tied the second youngest player in the field, Narangyi Bae of Korea and three years her senior (14), at 16-over 156 for 36 holes. The third youngest competitor, Andrea Lee, 15, finished at +9 149 and is in line to make the cut.
07:11 p.m. EDT Stacy Lewis (E, 73) will enter Saturday four shots behind Michelle Wie: "I like it when you have to hit good shots and think your way around the golf course. The USGA will keep switching things up, and I think it's fine when they make the golf course harder. I think being four shots back on a hard golf course is a good place to be."
07:06 p.m. EDT Lexi Thompson finished with pars on the 8th and 9th holes to shoot 2-under 68, good for a 1-under 139 total. She will play in the final grouping with Michelle Wie in tomorrow's third round.
06:46 p.m. EDT There is a tight battle going on for who will join Michelle Wie in the final grouping of the day tomorrow. Lexi Thompson (1 under through 16), Stacy Lewis (even par through 17) and amateur Minjee Lee (in the clubhouse at even par) all have a chance.
06:31 p.m. EDT Lexi Thompson's bid for birdie on the par-4 7th hole slid by on the right side and she settled for a par to remain three strokes behind Wie with two holes remaining.
06:10 p.m. EDT Lucy Li's next USGA championship is the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship, to be held July 14-19 at The Home Course in DuPont, Wash.
06:00 p.m. EDT Sei Young Kim holed out from a greenside bunker for birdie on the 18th hole to move her to 7 over par for the championship, inside the projected cut line.
05:57 p.m. EDT Lexi Thompson makes a solid six-foot putt to get to 1-under, joining Michelle Wie as the only other player in red figures. That's three straight birdies for the reigning Kraft Nabisco champion.
05:47 p.m. EDT Eleven-year-old Lucy Li acquitted herself quite nicely this week at Pinehurst No. 2, with two scores of 78 to post a 36-hole score of 16-over 156. To put that into perspective, 33 players have shot at least one round in the 80s this week.
05:43 p.m. EDT Two birdies in a row for Lexi Thompson have moved her to even par for the championship and in a tie for second place. Thompson won the first women's major championship of the year, the Kraft Nabisco Championship, and was tied for the lead with Michelle Wie heading into the final round.
05:40 p.m. EDT Some notables who are hovering around the projected cut line (+9): 15-year-old Andrea Lee (+9), reigning U.S. Women's Amateur champion Emma Talley (+7), defending champion Inbee Park (+7), 2007 U.S. Women's Open champion Cristie Kerr (+10), five-time major champion Yani Tseng (+8).
05:29 p.m. EDT Michelle Wie (-4) currently leads by four strokes over Stacy Lewis, Minjee Lee and Amy Yang. If second round play ends that way, it would be the largest 36-hole lead in a U.S. Women's Open since 2003, when Mhairi McKay also led by four heading into the third round over eventual winner Hilary Lunke and Angela Stanford.
05:16 p.m. EDT The uniqueness of Pinehurst: Lexi Thompson was just seen putting out of a native area.
05:03 p.m. EDT Emma Talley is channeling past success on cut day. She is wearing the same outfit she wore last August when she won the 2013 U.S. Women's Amateur at the Country Club of Charleston, with one exception: Instead of a University of Alabama hat, she is sporting one with the 2013 U.S. Women's Amateur logo.
04:48 p.m. EDT Coming off a triple-bogey 7 at the 13th hole, Lucy Li recovered with a drive down the fairway at No. 14 and a 198-approach shot that came to rest three feet below the hole.
04:35 p.m. EDT The par-5 10th hole is set up at 578 yards today, 123 yards longer than it was yesterday. As a result, the hole is ranked as the most difficult on the course.
04:32 p.m. EDT After a difficult lie in a bunker roughly 60 yards short of the green, Karrie Webb struggled to a double bogey on the par-4 18th hole and is now at 3 over par, seven strokes behind leader Michelle Wie.
04:26 p.m. EDT Sandra Gal, of Germany, is 2 under par on her round through seven holes following a birdie on No. 8.
04:19 p.m. EDT Reigning U.S. Women's Amateur champion Emma Talley sinks an birdie putt on the par-3 9th hole to make the turn at even par, 5 over par for the championship.
04:10 p.m. EDT Stacy Lewis drops another shot on No. 8 after her eight-foot par putt is pushed right of the hole. Lewis has been struggling with the flat stick in her second round, with 16 putts so far in eight holes.
03:52 p.m. EDT Following Round 2 play, the field will be cut to the low 60 scores and ties. Currently, 68 players are at +8 or better, with a projected cut of +9. IBM explains how the cut is projected in the "Projected Cut Explained" article that can be found right on the live scoring on uswomensopen.com.
03:50 p.m. EDT Lewis is hanging in there despite early struggles. She's mixed in three bogeys with a pair of birdies, including one moments ago on No. 7 to get to -2.
03:47 p.m. EDT Chevron is donating $5,000 for each eagle during all three Opens to the Eagles For Education program. So far this week, there have been six eagles, with a $5,000 bonus for Giulia Sergas' hole-in-one on Thursday, bringing the total to $35,000 this week. The total for the two championships thus far is $210,000. Visit www.usga.org/chevron to learn more.
03:42 p.m. EDT A tough start for Stacy Lewis, with three bogeys on her first six holes she's dropped to 1-under and is three behind Michelle Wie, who is in the clubhouse with a pair of 68s. They are the only two players under par at this point, with amateur Minjee Lee and Amy Yang both at Even.
03:20 p.m. EDT Field update: Jane Park (injury) has withdrawn from the championship.
03:07 p.m. EDT We have a fun event for all fans who will be at the championship on Saturday. Dennis Walters, a PGA professional who is paralyzed from the waist down, will be performing his famous trick shots while inspiring those in attendance not to give up in their dreams, on the practice range at 11:00 a.m. To learn more about Dennis' story and his show, you can visit www.DennisWalters.com.
03:06 p.m. EDT Lucy Li update: After making double bogey on No. 1, Li has settled down in her second round, and is +3 through 8 holes, +11 for the championship.
03:00 p.m. EDT Tune in to ESPN2 now for live, second-round coverage of the 2014 U.S. Women's Open from Pinehurst No. 2!
02:42 p.m. EDT Stacy Lewis is back to 3-under after a birdied on the third hole. The par-4 is playing just 229 yards in Round 2 and has yielded 33 birdies and eagles to just four bogeys so far.
02:19 p.m. EDT Michelle Wie's lead is now two strokes, as 18-hole leader Stacy Lewis bogeys hole No. 1 to move back to -2.
01:55 p.m. EDT Some course setup notes as Friday play continues: Pinehurst No. 2 is set up at 6,291 yards, with the greens running at an average speed of 12.5 feet.
01:47 p.m. EDT Wie on Friday's course setup: "There are hard pins, some easy pins, it was playing pretty similar to yesterday. Pinehurst is awesome, with the history and I love the way the USGA set up the course. It is a lot of fun."
01:41 p.m. EDT Michelle Wie (-4, 68): "I can't complain. i remember thinking when I finished yesterday, 'if I can do this tomorrow it will be nice.' It's definitely one of the majors I want to win, but Sunday is a long, long way away. I just need to take it one shot at a time and know that we have 36 holes to play."
01:31 p.m. EDT Three sub-70 scores have been posted thus far on Friday: Michelle Wie (68), Amy Yang (69) and Catriona Matthew (69). The scoring average so far today: 75.38.
01:20 p.m. EDT 2010 champion Paula Creamer just finished up her second round, posting a second-round 72 to head into Saturday at +2: "I missed a lot of greens today. But I am taking this round as a positive heading into the weekend. I am a pretty aggressive player and I feel like the greens are so firm you have to be careful with your iron shots."
01:17 p.m. EDT A quick look at Michelle Wie's round: three birdies, one bogey, 10 of 14 fairways hit, 14 of 18 greens in regulation, 29 putts.
01:14 p.m. EDT Make it two straight birdies for Michelle Wie, she posts another 68 and is the leader at 4-under, one ahead of Stacy Lewis, who tees off at 1:47 p.m. EDT. She puts an exclamation point on her round with a fist pump as she walks off the green.
01:13 p.m. EDT Lucy Li has began her second round after opening with an 8-overr 78. You can keep up with live scoring, live coverage begins on ESPN2 at 3 p.m. EDT.
01:10 p.m. EDT 2012 champion Na Yeon Choi shot a second-round 70 to post a 36-hole score of 1-over 141: "I am in good position and I have a lot of confidence this week. Hopefully I can stay in contention and make a run on the weekend."
12:59 p.m. EDT Very well-played hole for Michelle Wie has her back to -3. An aggressive approach shot on No. 8, her 17th hole of the day, ends up about 10 feet from the hole, cut in the back left, and she drains the putt to snag a share of the lead.
12:49 p.m. EDT Minjee Lee, the world's top-ranked women's amateur, posted her second straight solid round, following up a Thursday 69 with a 71 to put her at even-par for the championship. She knows her fellow amateurs in the field can be very competitive: "I think that a lot of the amateurs are really, really young, so I think that they're very, very talented and once they get more experience and just go out there and play, I think they're going to do really well."
12:26 p.m. EDT Michelle Wie continues to stay at -2, only this time there were more theatrics involved. On the par-3 sixth hole, her 15th of the day, her tee shot ended up on the fringe, with her first putt from there going about up and over a swale and about 12 feet feet by the hole. No problem, she drained the putt.
12:11 p.m. EDT Another missed opportunity for Michelle Wie to pick up a stroke on the lead. After a wayward drive into the native area on the par-5 fifth hole, she has to lay-up, ultimately hitting her approach shot onto the green and narrowly missing a lengthy birdie try. She stays at -2, one shot back, with leader Stacy Lewis a little over 90 minutes away from beginning her round.
11:51 a.m. EDT Michelle Wie continues her steady round with a two putt par on No. 4, her 13th hole of the day, to stay at -2. Another close birdie miss, as this one just slid a foot past the hole.
11:31 a.m. EDT The third hole will be an interesting one to watch during Round 2. A hole that can play as far as 339 yards, the tees have been moved up today to 229, giving players the opportunity to try and reach the green off the tee. There has already been one eagle there today, recorded by Chella Choi.
11:11 a.m. EDT Michelle Wie has missed the last two greens in regulation after hitting seven of her first eight, but a nice seven-foot par save on No. 2 (her 11th) keeps her at -2 for the championship.
11:01 a.m. EDT Speaking of USGA champions, one is making a run up the leader board early in her round Friday in Mariajo Uribe, the 2007 U.S. Women's Amateur champion. Birdies on No. 3 and 5 have put her to -2 on her round and Even for the championship, currently in a tie for fifth.
10:55 a.m. EDT One of the unique characteristics of the U.S. Women's Open field is the large number of USGA champions competing this week, 27 to be exact. You can check out our photo gallery on uswomensopen.com to learn a little more about each one of them and their respective national championship triumphs.
10:54 a.m. EDT Michelle Wie drops a shot on No. 1, her 10th hole, to move back to -2 for the championship.
10:26 a.m. EDT We have a new co-leader, and her name is Michelle Wie. After a booming drive almost to the second crosswalk on No. 18 (her ninth), she hits a low bump-and-run approach to about 14 feet and drains the putt. She and Stacy Lewis are now -3. It's the second straight day Wie has birdied the 18th hole at Pinehurst No. 2.
10:08 a.m. EDT Another near miss by Michelle Wie (-2), as she leaves her birdie try short on No. 17. That's eight pars for her on her round. Solid ball striking, just needs a few putts to drop.
10:04 a.m. EDT 2012 U.S. Women's Open champion Na Yeon Choi has very much put herself in the conversation this morning. After opening with a 1-over 71, Choi has made two early birdies and is now -1 for the championship, two off of Stacy Lewis' lead. Lewis begins her second round at 1:47 p.m. EDT.
10:00 a.m. EDT Another great look by Michelle Wie just goes awry, as her birdie putt on No. 16 (her seventh hole of the day) misses by about an inch. That's seven pars for her on her round. Meanwhile, Ilhee Lee and Caroline to hit nice tee shots on the par-3 17th to make birdies. Grandstands are packed there as Wie approaches.
09:47 a.m. EDT Update from the course: Paula Creamer hit her tee shot on the par-3 sixth hole to three feet and brushed in the birdie putt, her second of the day, to move back to even-par on her round and for the championship.
09:41 a.m. EDT The good news for Michelle Wie: She's putting herself in position to make birdies today, having hit five of six greens, and has had several good looks, she just hasn't had any drop for her yet. She's made six pars in six holes and remains -2 for the championship, one off of the lead.
09:22 a.m. EDT After hitting her drive into the natural sandy area off the 14th tee, Wie scrambles and makes a 10-footer for par to stay at even par for the day through five holes.
09:16 a.m. EDT Stephanie Meadow of Northern Ireland is off to a promising start in her professional debut. She finished off a 1-over 71 this morning and made a birdie on the par-4 11th hole to move to even par for the championship. Meadow was part of the Great Britain & Ireland team that lost to the USA in the Curtis Cup Match two weeks ago in St. Louis.
09:06 a.m. EDT Michelle Wie missed another birdie putt, this one from inside 10 feet, on the 13th hole. She has made par on each of her first four holes.
09:03 a.m. EDT The lowest score on the front nine during the first round was 33, shot by Paula Creamer, Brooke Mackenzie Henderson and Stephanie Meadow. The lowest score on the back nine was a 32 by Michelle Wie. Martin Kaymer's consecutive rounds of 65 last week are looking even better in hindsight.
08:55 a.m. EDT Lucy Li is currently hitting balls on the practice range four hours before her 12:52 p.m. starting time.
08:50 a.m. EDT Another green hit for Michelle Wie, another two-putt for par, as Wie stays at -2. Meanwhile, amateur Minjee Lee continues her steady play as she fights to stay towards the top of the leader board. A nice up and down for par on No. 6 keeps the 18-year-old at -1 and two off the lead.
08:42 a.m. EDT Who's leading the field in birdies this week? You may not get it on your first guess - it's France's Mathilda Cappeliez, a 16-year-old amateur who's making her U.S. Women's Open debut. After carding five birdies in Round 1 to offset some of her struggles on the other holes, she has made two more today and is bogey-free through seven holes, +4 for the championship.
08:41 a.m. EDT Back-and-forth start to Paula Creamer's second round. After making a 20-foot putt for birdie on No. 1, she makes double bogey on the second to fall back to +1 for the championship. She and Na Yeon Choi or playing as a twosome today, as their playing partner, Lizette Salas, withdrew earlier this morning due to food poisoning.
08:36 a.m. EDT Steady start to Michelle Wie's second round. A pair of pars after having birdie tries of 25 and 15 feet, respectively. She's one back of the lead.
07:49 a.m. EDT Everyone has now completed Round 1. The scoring average was 75.83, with the par-4 seventh hole playing the toughest (4.64) and the par-5 10th playing the easiest (4.90).
07:27 a.m. EDT Amateur Minjee Lee was one of just five players to break par in Round 1. She's off to a steady start in Round 2 with a pair of pars. You can read more about Lee and fellow amateur Brooke Mackenzie Henderson, who with a 71 enters Friday very much in the conversation, in Thursday's U.S. Women's Open notebook.
07:18 a.m. EDT Field update: Due to food poisoning, Lizette Salas has withdrawn from the championship.
06:50 a.m. EDT Note: The field will be cut to the low 60 scorers and ties following the conclusion of Round 2.
06:44 a.m. EDT It will be a quick turnaround for Michelle Wie. After finishing up her 2-under 68 early Thursday evening, she begins Round 2 at 7:51 a.m. EDT today. She starts the day one stroke back of Stacy Lewis, who tees off at 1:47 p.m. EDT.
06:39 a.m. EDT Good morning everyone! Play will resume at Pinehurst No. 2 at 6:45 a.m EDT, with 30 players yet to finish their first rounds. The second round will begin simultaneously and on schedule.
Thursday, June 19
10:16 p.m. EDT Reminder: The continuation of Round 1 and the start of Round 2 begin at 6:45 a.m. EDT on Friday morning. See you tomorrow, Pinehurst!
08:17 p.m. EDT Tonight's U.S. Open Experience event at Tufts Park has been canceled due to dangerous weather conditions. We apologize for any inconvenience.
07:55 p.m. EDT Play has officially been suspended for the day. Action will resume on Friday morning at 6:45 a.m. EDT, with the conclusion of Round 1 and the start of Round 2 happening simultaneously.
07:22 p.m. EDT The key to Michelle Wie's 2-under 68 was her putting. She took just 26 putts, which helped her overcome hitting only 10 of 18 greens in regulation.
07:16 p.m. EDT Paula Creamer, who bogeyed the par-3 9th hole to finish a round of even-par 70, said: "I'm in a good place and hopefully I can go out there tomorrow morning and have a strong start."
07:11 p.m. EDT Play has been suspended at 7:12 p.m due to threatening weather conditions. Players are taking shelter close to their spots on the golf course, with the hope of resuming shortly. Updates will be provided as they become available.
07:06 p.m. EDT Wie on the prospects of winning her first major. She's one shot back through 18 holes: "I'm not even going to think about that, it's a long road to Sunday. I enjoyed today's round and i'm going to get ready for Friday, and we'll see where it goes."
07:04 p.m. EDT Michelle Wie studied the yardage books from Keegan Bradley and Rickie Fowler to prepare for Pinehurst No. 2: "This er was probably the most homework i've ever done to prepare for a golf course. I definitely learned a lot from those yardage books, just seeing what they do."
07:02 p.m. EDT Michelle Wie (-2, 68): "That's kind of the U.S. Open. It was a grind out there, it's a tough golf course, you just have to go out there and make pars, avoid bogey. It was fun today."
06:51 p.m. EDT Wie finishes up with a 2-under 68 after a great approach shot and then 8-foot putt for birdie to close Round 1. She's one back of Stacy Lewis.
06:35 p.m. EDT Michelle Wie makes another impressive putt, this time for par, to stay at -1. She has showed a comfort level with the greens at Pinehurst No. 2 that most of the field has not to this point, with a 1.47 putts per hole average, well below the field average of 1.77, as she heads to No. 18.
06:28 p.m. EDT In addition to Minjee Lee, Brooke Mackenzie Henderson has also represented the amateur contingency very well at Pinehurst No. 2 today. The 16-year-old from Canada, playing in her second straight U.S. Women's Open, shot a 1-over 71 today and will be in the conversation when Round 2 begins.
06:02 p.m. EDT Our fourth sub-70 round has been posted, this one by Minjee Lee, the 2012 U.S. Girls' Junior champion the world's top-ranked women's amateur. She mixed two birdies and an eagle into her round on her way to posting a 1-under 69.
05:38 p.m. EDT A couple of fan favorites climbing the leader board. Michelle Wie continues to putt well, as she makes a tricky downhill putt on 14 to move to -2, one back of Stacy Lewis' lead, and Paula Creamer makes a 7-foot birdie putt on No. 5 to move into red numbers (-1).
05:36 p.m. EDT Pinehurst No. 2 can penalize players as quickly as it can reward them. Briefly leading after four birdies in her first seven holes, Marissa Chow made double bogey on eight and then went well long and left on No. 9 on the par 3, leading to a very difficult play from behind the green and a double bogey five. She's back to even-par.
05:07 p.m. EDT Michelle Wie's hot putter is allowing her to climb up the leader board. Two holes after draining a 30-footer for birdie, she makes one from about 15 feet on No. 12 to move back to -1.
05:06 p.m. EDT It looks like leader Marissa Chow is here to stay for the time being. In trouble on No. 7, she makes a lengthy par putt to stay at -4.
04:43 p.m. EDT We have a new leader, and it comes in the form of U.S. Women's Open newcomer Marissa Chow, who just made her fourth birdie in six holes to move to -4 and in sole possession of first place.
04:38 p.m. EDT What a putt by Michelle Wie. A tough 30 footer drops on No. 10 gets her back to even-par. She's had 16 putts through 10 holes.
04:35 p.m. EDT The low U.S. Women's Open champion so far in Round 1 is 2011 winner So Yeon Ryu, who fired a 1-under 69 this morning. Two-time champion Karrie Webb (2000-01) is in with an even-par 70. 2010 champion Paula Creamer had a tough start to her round, but has rebounded and is +1 through 11 holes. She started on No. 10.
04:30 p.m. EDT Another amateur has jumped up towards the top of the leader board in Pepperdine Waves rising junior Marissa Chow. Three birdies on her first five holes has her to -3. She's competing in her first U.S. Women's Open after earning GolfWeek All-American honors for her sophomore campaign.
04:24 p.m. EDT One of the reasons the seventh hole has been so tough today: It's been very apparent that players are having a tough time reading the greens.
04:18 p.m. EDT 2007 champion is garnering one of the larger crowds out at Pinehurst No. 2 this afternoon. She's a popular player here, and for good reason: Not only did she win the last U.S. Women's Open held in the area, at nearby Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club, she also just took the time during her round to sign an autograph for a young fan, even though she's +3 through eight holes.
03:46 p.m. EDT The afternoon is shaping up to be a tough one at Pinehurst No. 2. Nobody currently on the course that has completed more than eight holes is currently under par. Stacy Lewis, Katherine Kirk and So Yeon Ryu were the only three players to break par during the morning wave.
03:45 p.m. EDT We just mentioned No. 7 being the toughest hole on the golf course. Michelle Wie just got a taste of that first-hand, as she visited both the native area and a bunker on her way to a bogey, dropping her back to +1.
03:37 p.m. EDT The toughest hole thus far at Pinehurst No. 2 in Round has been the par-4 7th, which is playing more than half a stroke over par and has yet to yield a birdie. Interestingly, it was right in the middle of the pack during the U.S. open, as the 11th most difficult during the championship.
03:02 p.m. EDT Note: Stacy Lewis' Thursday 67 ties for her lowest career round in a U.S. Women's Open. She shot the same score in Round 3 of the 2008 championship to take the 54-hole lead at Interlachen Country Club in Edina, Minn., before ultimately finishing tied for third.
03:01 p.m. EDT Live Round 1 coverage of the U.S. Women's Open has begun on ESPN2.
02:41 p.m. EDT Dori Carter just made her first par of the championship on the 15th hole, her sixth, after four birdies and a bogey to start out. She's currently tied for the lead with Stacy Lewis, who fired a 3-under 67. Carter, formerly a standout player at the University of Mississippi, has limited U.S. Women's Open experience, having competed one other time, back in 2005 as an amateur.
02:07 p.m. EDT Playing the first round in what will likely be her last U.S. Women's Open, two-time champion Juli Inkster, 53, was solid with a 1-over 71. She comfortably posted the lowest score in her group, which included Cheyenne Woods and Natalie Gulbis. "I think that's the beauty of golf, we can go out there and compete no matter what age we are."
02:03 p.m. EDT Michelle Wie is off to a good start in her 11th U.S. Women's Open appearance. After narrowly missing a birdie opportunity on No. 1, she nearly holed her approach shot on the par-4 second and converted the tap-in birdie. She's 1-under through 2.
02:00 p.m. EDT A win for Lewis this week would give her a third major title: "Once you get one [major] under your belt it's contagious, you just wanna win more and more. "I gear my game toward majors. I love it when the conditions are hard, I love it when you have to grind."
01:59 p.m. EDT Lewis hit 13 out of 14 fairways and 17 out of 18 greens on Thursday on the way to her 67. "Any time you have a tap-in par on this golf course you run to the next tee."
01:56 p.m. EDT Stacy Lewis was preparing to hit cut shots at Pinehurst this week, and was re-assured of her plan by watching Martin Kaymer hit similar shots during his U.S. Open win.
01:54 p.m. EDT World No. 1 Stacy Lewis posted a bogey-free 67 (-3) on Thursday morning: "I'm very happy it was such an easy day. I had to make a few par putts when I ran my putts by from above the hole, but I made a few birdies. The way it's set up today, if you hit good shots, you get rewarded."
01:41 p.m. EDT 2011 U.S. Women's Open champion So Yeon Ryu shot a 1-under 69 on Thursday morning: "Today I was just so nervous, my hands were really shaky, after going to the Champion's Dinner on Tuesday night and feeling how much of an honor it is to be a U.S. Women's Open champion, so it made me nervous and I didn't think I could play well. I was disappointed to miss a few birdie chances but 1-under is a pretty good score."
01:39 p.m. EDT Karrie Webb (E, 70) is playing in 19th U.S. Women's Open at the age of 39. "It's not the physical part I worry about as much as the mental part, and just keeping my emotions in check. It sounds old hat when you say one shot at a time, but that's really what you have to do."
01:33 p.m. EDT Karrie Webb: "The course was set up quite a bit shorter than we expected. It kept us on our toes."
01:32 p.m. EDT Two-time U.S. Women's Open champion Karrie Webb posted an even-par round of 70.
01:28 p.m. EDT Lewis finishes off a round of 3-under 67, the best of the day, with a par on the ninth hole.
01:16 p.m. EDT Stacy Lewis' run of nine consecutive pars ends in nice fashion, with a birdie on the difficult par-4 8th hole. She is now at 3 under par and playing the par-3 9th hole, her last hole of the day.
01:13 p.m. EDT Lucy Li: "I like the golf course, but it's tough, you miss a shot by three feet and it can be a 2-3 shot difference."
01:10 p.m. EDT Lucy Li finished up with an 8-over 78 in her first round as the youngest-ever U.S. Women's Open qualifier: "It was good today, it was kind of tough, but I hung in there, and my score was okay. I'm glad that I got it over with, but I also can't wait for tomorrow." Her plans for the rest of the day? "Eat some more ice cream."
12:52 p.m. EDT Katherine Kirk, playing in her 11th U.S. Women's Open, has posted the first sub-par score of the championship, a 1-under 69. Kirk started her round on the 10th tee at 7:29, taking advantage of perfect morning playing conditions.
12:45 p.m. EDT The wind is freshening (6 to 12 miles per hour, with gusts to 15) and Pinehurst No. 2 is baring its teeth even at today's yardage of 6,296 yards. Stacy Lewis is on a streak of eight consecutive pars (holes 17 through 6) and is now in the lead all by herself at 2 under.
12:34 p.m. EDT Lucy Li bogeyed her last hole, the par-3 9th, when she missed the green short and left and didn't get up and down. She finished with an 8-over-par 78 highlighted by birdies on the first and fifth holes.
12:20 p.m. EDT And just as quickly as she took the lead, Henderson bogeyed the par-4 11th hole to drop back into a first-place tie with Stacy Lewis.
12:05 p.m. EDT Amateur Brooke Mackenzie Henderson is the new leader after a birdie on the 10th hole got her to 3 under par for the day. The 16-year-old from Smith Falls, Ontario is no stranger to major championships, as she finished tied for 26th in this year's Kraft Nabisco Championship.
11:59 a.m. EDT Players are having a difficult time so far with the par-4 8th hole, which today is playing 426 yards. The hole is playing more than a half-stoke above par due to a center-left hole location that brings a steep fall-off into play on approach shots.
10:58 a.m. EDT While Emma Talley has dropped down the leader board, world No. 1 Stacy Lewis is joined by another amateur at the top, as Canada's Brooke Mackenzie Henderson makes two straight birdies to move to -2. A nice scorecard for Henderson, 16, thus far: five 4s followed by a 2.
10:46 a.m. EDT A pretty shot by Pornanong Phatlum on the 18th hole, her ninth of the day, to move back to +1. Her approach shot was hit to less than two feet for a tap-in birdie, her second in three holes. No. 18 so far has played as the third easiest hole on the golf course.
10:04 a.m. EDT A mostly good start for the traditional reigning U.S. Women's Open, Women's British Open and U.S. Women's Amateur champions grouping. While Inbee Park (U.S. Women's Open) is +1 through seven holes, Stacy Lewis (Women's British Open) and Emma Talley (U.S. Women's Amateur) are tied for the lead at 2-under. Lewis and Talley also share the distinction of having played on USA Curtis Cup Teams that were victorious by margins of 13-7, and both went undefeated, Lewis in 2008 and Talley two weeks ago.
09:52 a.m. EDT The par-3 sixth hole has been giving players trouble in the early going, with 12 of the 22 players to tackle it so far having made bogey or worse. A group of some of the best players in the world just demonstrated its difficulty - Out of Karrie Webb, Lexi Thompson and So Yeon Ryu, only Webb hit the green off the tee, while Thompson and Ryu scrambled to bogeys.
09:48 a.m. EDT After turning in 5-over 40, Lucy Li made her first birdie of the championship on the par-4 first hole, her tenth of the day. Li has hit seven of eight fairways in her round, it's been the bunkers that have gotten her in trouble, as she has yet to get up and down in three attempts from the sand.
09:18 a.m. EDT More action seen out at Pinehurst No. 2 early in Round 1: Lexi Thompson struggled on hole No. 1 after a wayward tee shot and had to make a 20-footer to save bogey, while Juli Inkster, the oldest player in the field at 53, looks to be on her game early. She hit her approach shot on No. 1 to six feet before settling for par, and has responded with a birdie on No. 3 to move to -1.
09:11 a.m. EDT The first fireworks of the 2014 U.S. Women's Open have taken place on the par-3 15th, where Giulia Sergas holed her tee shot with a seven-iron for the 21st ace in championship history and the first since 2010. It also marks the first-ever hole-in-one on the 15th hole in any of the Open championships held at Pinehurst No. 2, which includes three U.S. Opens and the 1994 U.S. Senior Open.
08:11 a.m. EDT Lucy Li, 11, may be the youngest U.S. Women's Open qualifier in history, but maybe that doesn't come as much of a surprise that that record would be set this year. The Sandhills of North Carolina have grown accustomed to seeing young competitors in this championship. In 2007 at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club just down the road from Pinehurst No. 2, a 12-year-old by the name of Alexis Thompson (now Lexi) became at that time the youngest qualifier, months younger than Morgan Pressel was when she played in her first Women's Open as the youngest-ever qualifier at Pine Needles in 2001. Both of them are in the field this week.
07:47 a.m. EDT Our way-too-early U.S. Women's Open leader board, an hour into the action: Amateur Paige Lee is 2-under, with a large group at 1-under right behind her in Madison Kerley, Catherine O'Donnell, Nikki Campbell, Sei Young Kim, Teresa Lu, Carlota Ciganda and Katherine Kirk.
07:27 a.m. EDT Fans at Pinehurst No. 2 this morning will have a tough decision to make regarding the 8:02 starting time. If they stay by the first tee, they will see major champions Lexi Thompson, Karrie Webb and So Yeon Ryu. If they choose to go to tee No. 10, defending champion Inbee Park, world No. 1 Stacy Lewis and reigning U.S. Women's Amateur champion Emma Talley.
07:26 a.m. EDT Lucy Li is dressed for the part in her U.S. Women's Open debut. She's wearing full red, white and blue American Flag gear.
07:03 a.m. EDT Live television coverage of Round 1 will begin at 3 p.m. EDT on ESPN2. You can stay up to date on the action at www.uswomensopen.com and on Twitter (@usopengolf).
07:01 a.m. EDT Note: Speaking to the overall youth of the field, there is a teenager in each of Thursday's first four groups: Bailey Tardy (17), Samantha Gotcher (19), Jessica Porvasnik (18) and Madison Kerley (16). Lucy Li is in Group 6.
06:32 a.m. EDT Eleven-year-old Lucy Li will officially become the second-youngest competitor in U.S. Women's Open history at 7:07 a.m. when she begins Round 1 off of the 10th tee. She is grouped with Catherine O'Donnell and Canada's Jessica Wallace.
06:29 a.m. EDT Good morning from Pinehurst No. 2, and welcome to Round 1 of the 2014 U.S. Women's Open! Play is slated to begin at 6:45 a.m. EDT on this historic Thursday. Off of tee No. 1: Bailey Tardy (a), Xyra Suyetsugu and Rebecca Hudson. Off of No. 10: Nicole Garcia, Misuzu Narita, and Samantha Gotcher (a).
Wednesday, June 18
07:22 p.m. EDT Have a great evening, everyone. The 2014 U.S. Women's Open begins at 6:45 a.m. EDT at Pinehurst No. 2! Live first round coverage begins on ESPN2 at 3:00 p.m. EDT.
07:00 p.m. EDT At its maximum length, hole No. 16 will measure as the second-longest par 4 in the U.S. Women's Open history this week, trailing only the 18th hole at Cherry Hills Country Club in 2005 by a single yard. The hole would play longer though, in theory, given the high altitude at Cherry Hills, which is located just outside of Denver.
04:42 p.m. EDT Even in the late afternoon heat with clouds gathering, players are still out on Pinehurst No. 2 getting in their final preparations for the championship. Umbrellas are a common sight right now among the competitors and their caddies, but not because of rain- it's to keep them cool from the North Carolina sun.
04:31 p.m. EDT U.S. Women's Open fact: Lucy Li is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to emerging talent in the field. Of the 156 players competing this week, 22 of them are under the age of 20. Twenty-one of them are teenagers.
03:37 p.m. EDT Round 1 of the U.S. Women's Open begins on Thursday at 6:45 a.m. EDT. You can check out full groupings and starting times at www.uswomensopen.com!
02:49 p.m. EDT Paula Creamer: "This course reminds me a lot of Oakmont. You have to think and hit the ball in certain spots. There are really no flat putts." Creamer won the 2010 U.S. Women's Open at Oakmont Country Club.
02:47 p.m. EDT Creamer was a part of last night's U.S. Women's Open Champions Dinner, in which 34 champions were in attendance. Her thoughts: "It was awesome. It was so neat to be sitting in that room. Being in that room was the most memorable moment. It was so neat to hear how they won and hearing how nervous people were. I will cherish the memories."
02:46 p.m. EDT Paula Creamer on all of the young players in the field. There are 22 competitors under the age of 20: "I am 27 years old and I am a veteran. I came out here at 18 and that is old now. It is crazy how women's sports gets younger and younger."
02:42 p.m. EDT 2010 U.S. Women's Open champion Paula Creamer is sharing her thoughts on the upcoming championship with the media. On Pinehurst No. 2: "They are going to set it up semi-similar to [last week] and I think they will do a fair job. You would never know there was a [U.S Open]."
02:29 p.m. EDT Ko on experiencing so much success at a young age: "I feel like a normal 17-year-old. I don't feel like the No. 3 player [in the world]. All I need is to hit the little white ball into the hole."
02:15 p.m. EDT Lydia Ko will have a familiar face on her bag this week, as Mike "Fluff" Cowan, Jim Furyk's regular caddie, will be carrying for her after looping for the 2003 U.S. Open champion at Pinehurst No. 2 this past week. "I obviously knew him as Jim Furyk's caddie. I think he is definitely more famous than me. He is a very experienced guy and a very nice person. He was signing more autographs in the practice round than I was."
02:12 p.m. EDT Now joining us in the Interview Room is Lydia Ko. At 17 years old, Ko, of New Zealand, is ranked third in the Rolex Rankings (women's world golf rankings). She is competing in her third U.S. Women's Open, and first as a professional: "I have been enjoying it so far and I am excited for the Open to start. With the greens, you have to have some good short game skills."
01:54 p.m. EDT Park on her success in major championships: "At a major championship, everybody tries too hard. Everybody tries to do things differently. I don't try to change. I try to learn the course and everything outside the course I try to be myself and be normal. When you try to do something different you can create problems."
01:51 p.m. EDT With last year's U.S. Women's Open win at Sebonack Golf Club, Park became the just the second female golfer in history to win the three majors in a season, joining Babe Zaharias. "It is tough to say that I am unbeatable. There are a lot of great players out here. I think it is a matter of reducing mistakes. The desire to play better golf and avoid mistakes. You take a lot more caution when you play tough golf courses. I am usually an easy going person. On major golf courses like this I take extra caution and I think that has helped me play better."
01:49 p.m. EDT Inbee Park learned a bit about the areas around the greens at Pinehurst No. 2 from watching U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer: "The men proved under par is possible and I think we need to go out and shoot under par. I definitely learned to use the putter around the greens. Martin Kymer used his putter often and I will do the same."
01:45 p.m. EDT Defending champion Inbee Park is now speaking with the media. Park also won the championship in 2008. Park earned her first win of 2014 two weeks ago at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic: "In my mind, I tried to believe in myself that a win was not far away from me all year. After a while, I was getting more frustrated. Putting has been the strongest part of my game. Considering how I have putted in the past this year has been one of the worst I have had."
01:11 p.m. EDT Joining us in the Interview Room is Jessica Korda, who will be making her seventh U.S. Women's Open start. Korda recorded the best performance of her career in the championship in 2013 at Sebonack Golf Club, where she finished tied for seventh: "This is one of the toughest U.S. open courses I have ever played. I like that the golf course is long, as I am a long hitter."
12:59 p.m. EDT Kerr on her strategy this week at Pinehurst No. 2: "I think the term I'm going to use this week is conservatively aggressive. Because you can't play tentative, where you're going to hit bad shots, but you have to be conservative with your distance off the tees, the lines off the tees, the clubs you're hitting into greens, and the direction. So whatever you have, even if it's a conservative play, you have to be aggressive with what you have."
12:54 p.m. EDT 2007 U.S. Women's Open champion Cristie Kerr shared some of her thoughts with the media on the this week's championship. Kerr won the championship just down the road at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club: "A lot of great memories in this area. I can't imagine a better place to go and play golf."
11:58 a.m. EDT Some final thoughts from Mike Davis at this morning's pre-championship press conference: "I personally believe any place we've held the U.S. Open would be a wonderful place to hold the U.S. Women's Open. It's just allowing mother nature to have more control than manipulating the look and playability."
11:27 a.m. EDT Mike Davis: "The hope was that we would celebrate the best men and women players coming to one of the best golf courses in the country."
11:24 a.m. EDT Ben Kimball, Director, U.S. Women's Open: "From it's inception we have intended this course to be set up similarly for both weeks. We intend to keep the green speeds exactly the same as we saw for the mens, green firmness is the biggest change you'll see." The course will be set up this week at a maximum of 6,649 yards.
11:22 a.m. EDT Mike Davis: "We could not be more pleased with how it's playing and we think it's playing beautifully. The grounds staff could not have done a better job."
11:19 a.m. EDT The USGA's Mike Davis, Dan Burton, Tom O'Toole Jr. and Ben Kimball are meeting with the media to discuss pre-championship items. Among the notable items discussed thus far: The purse for the 2014 championship will be a record $4 million....beginning in 2015, top 50 points leaders in the Rolex Rankings (women world rankings) will receive U.S. Women's Open exemptions (currently top 25)....On Thursday, Pinehurst No. 2 will become the first golf course in history to have hosted all three Opens and both the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Women's Amateur...Beginning in 2018, the U.S. Women's Open will precede the U.S. Open on the calendar.
11:04 a.m. EDT Inkster: "My concentration is not as good as it used to be, and I think if I play my game I can finish in the top 15 and I would be happy with that. They want to challenge us mentally and physically and I think they do that."
10:58 a.m. EDT Two-time U.S. Women's Open champion Juli Inkster, competing in her 35th U.S. Women's Open, which extends the championship record that she holds, spoke in the Interview Room a few minutes ago, saying that this week will probably mark her last Women's Open appearance: "I've played in 35 of these so I love where I am right now so I look at the young girls right now and I'm glad I'm not starting."
10:30 a.m. EDT 2012 U.S. Girls' Junior champion Minjee Lee of Australia, the top-ranked women's amateur in the world, will be making her U.S. Women's Open debut on Thursday, so she will definitely benefit from today's practice round. Her group includes two-time champions Juli Inkster and Karrie Webb.
09:33 a.m. EDT When Inbee Park begins the defense of her U.S. Women's Open title on Thursday, she will be trying to join some very elite company. Only seven players have won the championship in consecutive years, most recently Karrie Webb in 2000-01, and six players have won the championship three or more times. In addition to last year, Park also won the Women's Open in 2008.
08:46 a.m. EDT U.S. Women's Open international qualifying was conducted for the first time in 2014, and the impact on the field was immediate, as all 17 players who made it via the qualifiers in Korea, England, China and Japan are making their Women's Open debut this week. You can learn more about them and the new dimension to the championship in Hunki Yun's piece, currently featured on uswomensopen.com.
07:44 a.m. EDT Another big day of pre-championship press conferences, with two-time champion Juli Inkster kicking things off at 10:30 a.m. EDT. The official USGA pre-championship interview session takes place at 11 a.m., with Executive Director Mike Davis, Vice President Dan Burton and Ben Kimball, Director, U.S. Women's Open, on hand. That's followed by 2007 champion Cristie Kerr at 12:30 pm, Jessica Korda at 1, defending champion Inbee Park at 1:30, Lydia Ko at 2 and 2010 champion Paula Creamer at 2:30.
07:36 a.m. EDT Only one day left until the start of the 2014 U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst No. 2, and it's a special day out here as the world's best prepare. Today is Junior Day, with all kids ages 17 and under getting free admission to the grounds as well as a free lunch voucher, with a golf clinic featuring the Golf Channel's Mark Rolfing taking place in the afternoon. Visit http://www.girlsgolf.org/us-womens-open for a full schedule of activities.
Tuesday, June 17
08:33 p.m. EDT Tonight was a special night at Pinehurst, as 34 U.S. Women's Open champions were on hand for a champions dinner. All of those in attendance took part in a group photo that we will share tomorrow on our @usopengolf Twitter handle.
06:40 p.m. EDT Wednesday will be a great day at Pinehurst No. 2, as it will be Junior Day at the U.S. Women's Open. All kids 17 and under will receive free admission to the championship's final day of practice rounds as well as a lunch voucher, and can take part in a clinic hosted by the Golf Channel's Mark Rolfing, with numerous U.S. Women's Open champions in attendance. Please visit www.girlsgolf.org/us-womens-open for details and a full list of activities.
05:19 p.m. EDT Lucy Li is playing Pinehurst No. 2 this week after having just won the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship at Augusta National Golf Club: "It's awesome, right? I mean Pinehurst and Augusta National in like two months. I mean that's just amazing. It's mind blowing for me. It's been awesome, because it's been -- I mean the food is great and it's been a lot of fun. I've made a lot of friends."
05:13 p.m. EDT Lucy Li, the 11-year-old who is the youngest in history to qualify for the U.S. Women's Open, was a hit with the media this afternoon: "The perfect week, I just want to go out there and have fun and play the best I can and I really don't care about the outcome, it's just I want to have fun and learn. I can learn -- I want to learn a lot from these great players."
05:12 p.m. EDT Practice round play has been suspended due to weather in the Pinehurst area. All players have been cleared off the course until further notice.
04:23 p.m. EDT 1987 U.S. Women's Open champion Laura Davies is in the field for the 26th time and making her first start since 2011. She talked today about how she has seen the women's game change over the years: "Oh, there's no comparison, really. The age has come down, all the best players in those days were the older players. The 30 to 40 year olds. The Pat Bradleys, Beth Daniels. Now the best players are the younger players. I think it's quite marked. They're very athletic."
03:39 p.m. EDT Stacy Lewis comes in as one of the favorites to be in contention this week. In 2014, she has won two LPGA Tour events and has had 11 top-10 finishes: "I just played really solid over the last year. I think the more you're in contention, the more comfortable you get there, I'm starting to learn how to win different ways. And learn how to just get the ball in the hole better."
03:37 p.m. EDT Stacy Lewis, the world's No. 1 women's golfer, spoke to the media this afternoon and, when asked if she used the U.S. Open as a way to prepare for this week, this was her response: "I really didn't watch much of it. I watched a little bit toward the end, because mainly I wanted to see good golf, I didn't want to see balls running off greens and doing this and that. I wanted to have some good positive memories of the course."
03:14 p.m. EDT The heat this week in Pinehurst is part of the story. Beginning Wednesday, the USGA will provide spectators with a voucher for a complimentary bottle of water upon entry. Hydration stations have also been set up at locations throughout the course. Designated air-conditioned cooling sites and first-aid stations will be available.
03:05 p.m. EDT Two U.S. Women's Open competitors from Germany, Sandra Gal and Carolina Masson, will have a chance to make it a Deutsch double here at Pinehurst and join Martin Kaymer as a USGA champion.
02:43 p.m. EDT This year's U.S. Women's Open field includes players from 25 different countries.
02:21 p.m. EDT There are 28 players in the U.S. Women's Open field who have won a USGA championship in their career. Three of them -- Yani Tseng, Candi Kung and Brianna Do -- all won the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championships, and played a practice round together this morning.
01:52 p.m. EDT Two groups are out practicing at Pinehurst No. 2 right now that are sure to be fun to watch: Defending champion Inbee Park with 2011 winner So Yeon Ryu, and a trio of fan favorites in Lexi Thompson, Jessica Korda and 1998 champion Se Ri Pak.
01:32 p.m. EDT Championship fact: While U.S. Women's Open competitor Lucy Li, 11, is the youngest qualifier in the championship's history, she will not be the youngest competitor in its history. Beverly Klass was 10 years old when she competed in the 1967 Women's Open. Sectional qualifying started in 1976.
12:44 p.m. EDT This year's U.S. Women's Open is making history in more ways than one. Not only is it being conducted at the same site as the U.S. Open the following week, the championship had a record number of entries, with 1,702 accepted this year, breaking the previous record of 1,420 set in 2013.
11:47 a.m. EDT Lexi Thompson played in her first U.S. Women's Open in 2007 at the age of 12 at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club, just down the road from Pinehurst. Lucy Li broke her record this year as the youngest qualifier in championship history. Thompson: "I was just so excited to be there [in 2007]. I practiced my autograph on the drive up there to Pine Needles and I was just -- it was pretty overwhelming. I got to see all the players I watch on TV and I was so excited to be there to tell myself, all right, I'm actually playing this week. But I would just say advice, just have fun this week. Take it as a learning experience. She's 11 years old, I mean she needs to kind of grow like I needed to grow and get longer and all that, but my experience at age 12 helped me out so much."
11:39 a.m. EDT Lexi Thompson just finished up her pre-championship press conference. The reigning Kraft Nabisco champion heads into the U.S. Women's Open having recorded six top-10 performances in 11 LPGA Tour events in 2014. " [Winning the U.S. Women's Open] It would mean the world to me. Being an American and then having a win at a U.S. Open is like the highest honor, being an American in your own championship. So it's mentally a draining week, you have to take one shot at a time, not wear yourself out in the practice rounds. This is a tough golf course, as you saw the guys showed a little bit. But it's doable."
10:26 a.m. EDT Suzann Pettersen was the next player in the Interview Room. Pettersen is currently ranked No. 4 in the Rolex Rankings (Women's world golf rankings): "This course looks to me more like a European course, which kind of it suits my eye, it's nice to see other than just high rough and the lush kind of fairways. I think it's a great look. I think that the guys made the native areas look really easy. But you can draw some great lies in there and you can be fairly unlucky and be stuck behind some of those small bushes."
10:19 a.m. EDT Wie on how she's feeling about her game: "I'm just having a lot of fun playing. I just want to get better and better every single week. I feel that I came into the year saying that I want to be more consistent and I feel like I'm kind of on track."
10:11 a.m. EDT Michelle Wie was the first U.S. Women's Open competitor to join us in the Interview Room this week: "We're definitely making history here this week. I'm excited for what this week means for our players, it definitely opens doors for us."
09:19 a.m. EDT A fun group to follow for the fans at Pinehurst No. 2 this morning: World No. 1 Stacy Lewis with two-time U.S. Women's Open champion Karrie Webb, along with Alison Walshe and Jaye Marie Green.
08:46 a.m. EDT Natalie Gulbis has really shown her enthusiasm for championship preparations this week. When the practice facilities opened for U.S. Women's Open competitors during Sunday of the U.S. Open, she was the first competitor on the range, today she was in the first practice round group at 6: 45 a.m.
08:32 a.m. EDT There are six pre-championship press conferences scheduled for today, with Michelle Wie slated to kick things off at 9:30 a.m. EDT. Suzann Pettersen will be at 10 a.m., followed by 2014 Kraft Nabisco champion Lexi Thompson (11), World No. 1 Stacy Lewis (3 p.m.), 1987 U.S. Women's Open champion Laura Davies (3:30) and finally, 11-year-old Lucy Li (4:30).
07:55 a.m. EDT Welcome to the 2014 U.S. Women's Open Championship. We're ready to go for Tuesday's practice rounds at Pinehurst No. 2, and some great players are here today as the field looks to prepare for the 69th playing of the championship, which for the first time will be held on the same golf course that the U.S. Open was conducted on the week before.
Monday, June 16
06:19 p.m. EDT Live updates for the U.S. Women's Open will begin Tuesday, June 17, as 156 competitors continue their preparations for the championship at Pinehurst No. 2. Follow us throughout the week for championship news and updates as it happens!