Winner: Yuka Saso in a three-hole playoff against Nasa Hataoka
Lexi Thompson was five over par on the back nine to miss the playoff by one shot.
The U.S. Women’s Open will be played at the Olympic Country Club this weekend. See my preview of the 2012 U.S. Open for course details. There is also a kink to a hole-by-hole description of the course, by Ken Venturi, on that page.
You should see Sports Illustrated’s preview of the 1966 U.S. Open at Olympic. The table-top models of its key holes are a work of art.
Here’s a fact sheet about the history of the course.
And this is the link to the USGA’s official site for the tournament.
Just to get ahead of the first two links, the course has doglegs on which the fairway slopes away from the bend, it has small, no, tiny greens, and there is the wind coming off of the ocean nearby.
And there is no first cut off the fairway. Off the fairway, you’re in the deep stuff, period.
The hardest part of the course comes early. Anybody who plays holes 2-5 in even par has stolen strokes from the field.
Here’s the take from LPGA veteran Angela Stanford.
Shooting par for the four days will be no mean feat.
You have to watch.