Pettersen fires 68 to grab Women's Open lead

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KOHLER, Wis. – Suzann Pettersen overslept Friday at the U.S. Women’s Open.

Up against the clock, she skipped breakfast to make sure she could warm up properly.

Then she went out and shot a 4-under-par 68 to take the lead halfway through this championship.

“I thought it was awfully light in the room when I woke up at 6:45, an hour late,” Pettersen said. “I looked at the alarm clock, and I think instead of putting it 5:45, I put it for 6:45.  I cut breakfast short and went straight to the green.”

And straight to the top of the leaderboard at 5-under overall.

Pettersen didn’t seem intimidated by Blackwolf Run’s reputation.

“I probably shouldn't say what I first thought after seeing this course one time,” she said. “I was trying to find out what was so hard to this course.  Obviously, they lengthened it 400 yards since 1998, but the rough is doable.  The greens aren't as firm as what they were back then, from what I've understood, and it's pretty straightforward . . . Pretty big greens. If you like putting, you're going to get a lot of good chances out here.”