OAKMONT, Pa. – Cristie Kerr’s assessment of Oakmont is at odds with what players are feeling in their practice rounds for the U.S. Women’s Open this week.
“Oakmont is pretty cool,” Kerr said. “It’s probably the coolest golf course I’ve been on.”
She wasn’t talking about the weather because Mother Nature’s adding to the stern challenge. It was 91 degrees when Paula Creamer finished her practice round Tuesday afternoon. She said it took her 3 hours and 40 minutes to play the back nine.
“It’s hot, it’s humid, it’s gross,” Creamer said.
Jiyai Shin was so woozy and dehydrated coming off the course that she cut her news conference short.
The weather forecast calls for a high of 93 degrees Wednesday and Thursday and dry conditions. That means U.S. Golf Association chief of rules and competition Mike Davis can pretty much set up this course as firm and fast as he wants it. Maintenance staff has been watering the greens today to keep them from getting too firm.
There’s a chance of rain forecast Friday with cooler and drier conditions expected on the weekend.
Kerr wouldn't be surprised if a score of 4-over or higher won.