Storm halts U.S. Women's Open

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. --- Instead of teeing it up when she comes back to the Broadmoor, Cristie Kerr's next shot at the U.S. Women's Open will be a blast out of the bunker on the front, right side of the seventh green.

Cristie Kerr watches her chip shot to the green on the 13th hole during the first round of the U.S. Women's Open. The round was suspended with only 25 players completing the opening round.   Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press
Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press
Cristie Kerr watches her chip shot to the green on the 13th hole during the first round of the U.S. Women's Open. The round was suspended with only 25 players completing the opening round.

A difficult shot. It could be worse.

A quirky day of thunder and lightning -- but only spits of rain -- suspended play with 25 players making it through the first round. Balky weather figures to turn one of the most difficult weeks on the schedule into a bigger grind.

Kerr is tied for the lead among those players on the course. She is 2-under through 15 holes. Amateur Amy Anderson is also 2-under, through 12 holes.

Kristy McPherson, the sister of Augusta State women's golf coach Kevin McPherson, is the clubhouse leader at 2-over-par 73.

After halting play, the USGA kept the players in the clubhouse for 21 hours, but with the thunder still rumbling and the radar blinking red, officials called play. There were 75 players on the course and 66 who hadn't hit a shot.

That means nearly half the field, including defending champion Paula Creamer and Yani Tseng, trying to complete her career Grand Slam, could face 72 holes in three days.

"That's part of the gamble," said Christina Kim, who will try to squeeze in 36 holes today.

EUROPEAN TOUR: In Inverness, Scotland, Lee Westwood and tour newcomer Mark Tullo, of Chile, shot 7-under-par 65s to share the lead after the first round of the Scottish Open.

George Coetzee, of South Africa; Peter Hanson, of Sweden; and Thorbjorn Olesen, of Denmark, are one stroke behind the leaders.

Former Augusta State golfer Scott Jamieson is in a 13-way tie for sixth place after 67. He birdied three of his final four holes.

Two other former Jaguars are in the field: Jamie Elson had 72 and Oliver Wilson 73.

With a win this week, the second-ranked Westwood would regain the No. 1 ranking held by fellow Englishman Luke Donald.


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