Lunke Misses Cut in Canada


VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- There will be no encore this weekend for U.S. Women's Open champion Hilary Lunke, who missed the cut Friday at the Canadian Women's Open.
Lunke finished at 9-over 153. The projected cut late Friday afternoon was 3 over. She opened with a 76 Thursday and carded a 5-over 77 Friday.
'Yesterday was one of the hardest rounds I've ever had to play in my life,' Lunke said. 'I was absolutely exhausted. I was totally fatigued mentally and physically.'
She has been mobbed by media, friends and family since draining a 15-foot birdie putt to win on the final hole of an 18-hole playoff Monday in North Plains, Ore. After granting at least 50 interviews in the last three days, Lunke said it might be nice to get away from the golf course this weekend.
In addition to some sightseeing around Vancouver, the 24-year-old Stanford University graduate will have a chance to spend some of the $560,000 she won Monday.
'I'm going shopping,' she said with a laugh. 'We haven't bought a single thing since this whole thing happened.'
After that Lunke plans to take a week off and relax at home in Palo Alto, Calif., before heading to Europe for the Evian Masters in France July 23-26 and the Women's British Open the following week.
'I literally just started coming down off the high yesterday so I'm finally at the point where I fully comprehend what I did and what comes with it,' she said. 'But I don't think I see the long-term picture yet.'
She does, however, have a better appreciation for the kind of scrutiny Annika Srenstam has been under since playing on the PGA TOUR in May.
Srenstam, who missed the U.S. Open playoff by one shot after an uncharacteristic bogey on the final hole, withdrew Thursday after six holes here, saying she was worn out and suffering from a cold.
'It's hard to play golf when you feel like you can't give your best effort,' Lunke said. 'Someone wins the U.S. Open every year and what she did was something that's never been done before. I can't imagine what her body feels like going through that.'
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