PINEHURST, N.C. – Rolex world No. 1 Stacy Lewis relishes the U.S. Women’s Open being played at Pinehurst No. 2.
“I love the golf course,” Lewis said. “I love the way you have to think your way around. It's position golf. It’s where do I need to be for every hole location? And that suits my game.
“It’s just a cool golf course, just to walk out there and see it. It’s just really cool.”
Lewis was asked if the U.S. Open left the course in a beaten-down condition for the women.
“It's a lot better than I thought it was going to be,” Lewis said. “I can tell you that. I came here three weeks ago and played. Once I saw the golf course, I became more comfortable with this whole idea and knew that it wouldn't be as bad.
“The worst parts, there are some divots, a lot of divots on 1 and 10 in the lay-up spot. But then other than that, we're not hitting where the guys hit from in the fairways. So all that is OK. The worst part is just those collection areas, around the greens. You just kind of have to figure out how to hit those shots.”
Lewis said the USGA has the greens in "great" condition.
Asked to grade the venue from 1 to 10 as a U.S. Women’s Open site, she gave it a 9. She said some of the minor issues with divots in the collection areas after the U.S. Open are all that kept her from giving it a perfect 10.