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Thompson Receives a Lesson in Patience

2007 U.S. WomenSOUTHERN PINES, N.C. -- The youngest player to qualify for the U.S. Women's Open had nearly four hours to size up her first birdie putt.
Alexis Thompson lined it up on the second hole of her opening round when the horn sounded to warn of severe weather, sending the players hustling to the clubhouse. After no rain fell, play resumed 3 hours and 45 minutes later, and the 12-year-old player left that 30-foot putt 2 feet short.
It was an early lesson in patience for the only soon-to-be seventh-grader in the field. She finished her first day at 3-over-par 39 through nine holes when play was suspended Thursday because of darkness.
'I'm pretty happy -- I'll just go into tomorrow and try to make my pars,' Thompson said. 'Pars are good for this course, because it's so long.'
Thompson, who supplanted Morgan Pressel as the youngest player to make the Women's Open field, had four bogeys and one birdie while consistently keeping her drives in the fairways and -- like so many other players here -- occasionally becoming bedeviled by the tricky greens at the Donald Ross-designed course at Pine Needles.
'She's just a little shaky on the greens -- she's a little nervous putting on them,' said her father, Scott, who caddied for her.
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