Creamer: USGA toughened Blackwolf setup

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KOHLER, Wis. – Blackwolf Run tried to fight back Saturday at the U.S. Women’s Open.

Paula Creamer believes a more difficult setup with some tough pin placements was a direct reaction to the number of players in red numbers through Friday and also to player comments about how the course wasn’t playing as tough as its reputation.

“One hundred percent, yes,” Creamer said. “The USGA doesn't like it when 10, 11 people are under par, whatever it was.  They made it hard today.  It helped with the wind, made it even tougher.  It also helps where they put some of these tee boxes for some of these pins.”

The tee box at the sixth hole was moved back to 207 yards. The par 3 played 56 yards longer than it did in the opening round, 26 yards longer than it did Friday.

“I never thought six would be a back tee box, but it is,” Creamer said. “I made a par and I felt like I made a birdie.”

The course was set up Saturday the shortest it has been set up all week at 6,733 yards. It was set up at 6,808 yards in the opening round. Still, players were challenged by pins sitting on a lot of edges.

On Friday, after Suzann Pettersen shot 4-under-par 68, she said:  “I was trying to figure out what’s so hard to this course . . . It’s pretty straightforward.”

Yani Tseng said: “Just found out this course is not as hard as we thought . . . It was easier than expected.”