Golf Channel Analyst Kay Cockerill is in Kohler, Wisconsin this week for the 67th U.S. Women’s Open at Blackwolf Run. Cristie Kerr is one of three first round co-leaders in Kohler and Cockerill said that her first round had to be one of the most if not the most impressive round on Thursday because she got off to a great start and did not make any mistakes. Kerr is very serious about winning this week as she has not won on the LPGA Tour in two years. She has tenacity and intensity and that is what you need in the U.S. Women’s Open.
She was a little surprised that Ai Miyazato got off to such a great start on Thursday because she is such a short hitter. The USGA decided to move up some tees and the ball is flying longer because of the heat which definitely played to Miyazato’s advantage. Another great aspect of Ai Miyazato’s game is the fact that she has always played to her strengths and not worried about what other players do on the course. She knows that she is not a long hitter so she does not try to be one.
Lexi Thompson is also one shot back after the first round and Cockerill feels that Lexi is ready to contend and win this week. Lexi has great all-around game and seems impervious to outside pressure on the golf course. Blackwolf Run is a course where Lexi can take advantage of her length off the tee if she can drive the ball relatively straight.
She was at the Web.com Tour event last week where the temperatures were in the triple digits in Indiana so she is used to the heat. The heat has definitely played a role this week as she has seen some players shorten their practice sessions in order to stay out of the heat because most rounds are taking 5 ½ to 6 hours which become even tougher because of the pressure that comes with the U.S. Women’s Open. Staying hydrated and properly preparing for the heat are huge priorities among players, patrons, and media alike this week.