Softer Oakmont greets women


OAKMONT, Pa. – Sophie Gustafson provided quick evidence that Friday’s rains considerably improved scoring conditions for players finishing up their suspended rounds today.

Gustafson birdied her first two holes in resuming her round Saturday morning and once again there’s a red number back leading the U.S. Women’s Open. Gustafson leads the championship at 2-under. The first three holes are among the toughest at Oakmont. When rain halted play Friday, there were no players left under par for the championship.

Play resumed Saturday at 7:30 a.m. with softer conditions.

Cristie Kerr gets a bit of a bad break in that half the field will play a softer Oakmont in their second rounds. Kerr played it firm and fast Friday. At 1-over, she left the course the co-leader in the clubhouse with Brittany Lang.