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Heat adds to slow-play torture

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OAKMONT, Pa. – The oppressive heat is making the pace of play even more punishing in the first round of the U.S. Women’s Open.

The temperature is nearing 90 degrees before noon with the humidity making it feel so much worse.

The U.S. Golf Association set pace of play for the first groups off today at 4 hours and 34 minutes.

Mhairi McKay, Brittany Altomare and Charlotte Mayorkas were the first group off at No. 10. They reached the allotted pace-of-play time with three holes still to play.

Michelle Wie’s group with Ai Miyazato and Jiyai Shin took 2 hours and 45 minutes to play their front nine.

“We are not afraid of penalties,” Mike Davis, U.S. Golf Association senior director of rules and competition, said when asked how aggressively pace of play would be enforced this week.

Players get one slow-play warning to get back in position with no penalty. The second warning results in a one-shot penalty.

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