BETHLEHEM, Pa. – A pair of teen titans got to show off in front of the LPGA’s best in practice rounds Wednesday at the U.S. Women’s Open.
Cindy Feng of Orlando, Fla., the youngest player in the field at 13 years and 5 months old, played with Paula Creamer, No. 4 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings.
Alexis Thompson of Coral Springs, Fla., playing in her fourth major championship at 14, teed it up with Cristie Kerr, No. 5 in the world.
“I was trying to think what I was doing when I was 13,” Creamer, 22, said. “I definitely wasn’t playing in a U.S. Open, that’s for sure.”
This week’s field includes 24 teenagers.
Creamer was asked why the women’s game features more teen phenoms in the biggest events than the men’s game does.
“I think because there are a lot more guys that golf than women,” she said. “I would definitely say that’s a huge part of it. The competition is a lot deeper for the guys, and I think that’s changing over time for women.”
There were 1,200 women who filed entries for the U.S. Women’s Open. There were more than 9,000 men who filed for the U.S. Open.