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Virtual Periscope:
Attending the 2001 US Women's Open by Web

Congratulations to Karrie Webb for her splendid play!


by Geoff Mangum
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Updated Tuesday, November 8, 2005 9:09 PM.

The 2001 US Women's Open returns to Peggy Kirk Bell's Pine Needles Golf Course in Southern Pines, NC, where in 1996 Annika Sorenstam won her second Open title in a row. This 1927 Donald Ross classic is in excellent shape for an outstanding field of competitors, especially international players. The local weather (zip code 28387) looks great, the rough is thick, and the greens are slick (running around 10.5 to 11 on the Stimpmeter -- wicked for Ross' crowned greens -- nearly punitive!) in clear, sunny, 80-degree days through the weekend. Sponsored by the USGA, the national championship is composed of a field of exempt professionals and qualifying professionals and amateurs. The Official website is at http://www.2001uswomensopen.com/.

 

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Schedules

Week Schedule (with TV times)

Tee Times

Daily Hoopla - News, Scores, Round Summaries

Leaderboard with daily stats

The Pilot

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Round 4 Summary

As expected, Webb's five-shot lead proved too daunting for Se Ri Pak, who did not get the flatstick working even for short birdie putts that would have gotten her in close. Still, with Webb shooting 1-under for the day (69), Pak would have had to shoot 64 just to tie and force an 18-hole playoff. So Karrie put her game on cruise control and kept going for fairways and greens. She hit two fairly dramatic putts on the 71st (40-foot "goobler") and 72nd holes (20-footer) to extend her margin of victory over the field to 7 shots, the greatest margin in 21 years of Open history. Dottie Pepper had a good round, too, and finished sole 3rd. Of the 150 Open contestants, Webb was the ONLY player to fiish 72 holes at less than par.

 

Some details:

Winner
Best
Strong
Weak

Top 10 rank after Round 4 (plus Annika Sorenstam and Inskter)

Player
Score
GIRs of 72
Birdies
Bogeys
Comment
Webb, Karrie (1)
70-65-69-69 (273 -7)
16-13-11-11 (51/72 71%)
3-5-3-4 (15)
3-0-2-3 (8)
Day1: Best of the field for GIRs! Too many bogeys. If she can plug the leakage, she'll be in the top 5 after three rounds. Day 2: No bogeys! Hot putter. Day 3: Staying clean. Day 4: cruise control. For the Tournament, she hit 84% of the fairways, 47 of 56.
Pak, Se Ri (2)
69-70-70-72 (281 +1)
14-12-14-11 (51/72 71%)
2-2-3-4 (11)
1-2-3-6 (12)
Day 1: Excellent -- very strong play! Only 1 bogey!! Watch out. Day 2: Steady. Day 3: Too many bogeys. Day 4: 6 bogeys!! Sour putting, even at 3 feet. She actually might have had a chance but shot herself in the foot. Could have made 7-8 birdies.
Pepper, Dottie (3) 74-69-70-69 (282 +2) 10-11-13-9 (43/72 60% 2-4-3-5 (14) 4+1DB - 3 - 3-4 (16) Day 1: Not good! Day 2: Much much better. Day 3: Strengthening, but too late. Day 4: Great ball striking and me good putts.
Kerr, Cristie (T4)
69-73-71-70 (283 +3)
14-11-12-10 (47/72 65%)
3-2-3-3 (11)
2-5-4-3 (14)
Day 1: Last year's runner-up to Karrie Webb -- very clean round. Day 2: Slipping; too many bogeys. Day 3: better, but too late. Day 4: Very consistent but not stellar. Still, cream rising to the top.
Turner, Sherri (T4) 72-70-71-70 (283 +3) 9-10-10-15 (44/72 61%) 1+1E - 2+1E - 3 - 3 (13) 5-4-4- 1+1DB (16) Day 1: five bogeys cancelled an otherwise good round. Day 2: better, but still too many bogeys. Day 3: same. Day 4: very strong back nine, but 1 unfortunate double bogey on #11 kept this Greensboro / Minnesota star from tieing for second. Look at those 15 GIRs! But took 33 putts this round.
Matthew, Catriona (T4) 72-68-70-73 (283 +3) 11-12-12-8 (43/72 60%) 2-4-2-3 (11) 4-2-2-6 (14) Day 1: Oops! Day 2: fairly strong. Day 3: Steady but too late. Day 4: Missed GIRs and took 6 bogeys.
Kane, Lorie (T7) 75-68-72-69 (284 +4) 10-13-12-11 (44/72 61%) 1-3-0-4 (8) 0+3DB - 1 - 2 - 3 (12) Day 1: Ugh - 3 double bogeys! Day 2: Great round! Lots of GIRs, only 1 bogey. Day 3: Still strong, just no birdies. Day 4: Played her way into the top 10 with four birdies.
Albers, Kristi (T7) 71-69-74-70 (284 +4) 9-9-9-12 (39/72 54%) 4-4-1-3 (12) 3+1DB - 3 -5 -3 (16) Day 1: Ok start, not enough GIRs. Day 2: better, steady, cut out some bogeys. Day 3: Way bad! Day 4: Not bad when even par gets you into the top 10 at the Open.
Kuehne, Kelli (T7)
70-71-72-71 (284 +4)
8-9-10-12 (27/72 54%)
4-4-3-0 (11)
4-5-5-1 (15)
Day 1: The US Open is not the time to rely upon scrambling. Day 2: still scrambling, way too many bogeys. Day 3: still scrambling, slightly fading. Day 4: Eliminated the bogeys, but also didn't get birdies. Better GIRs.
Doolan, Wendy (T7) 71-70-70-73 (284 +4) 13-12-7-12 (32/72 61%) 2-3-3-2 (10) 3-3-3-3+1DB (14) Day 1: lots of GIRs. Day 2: ok. Day 3: Missed lots of greens. Day 4: Double bogey on par-3 #5 kept her from T3.
Inkster, Julie (T12)
68-72-71-75 (286 +6)
14-10-9-11 (44/72 61%)
5-2-5-1 (13)
1 + 1 DB - 4 - 4 + 1DB - 2+2DB (19)
Day 1: Plenty of GIRs, lots of birdies, 1 unfortunate double bogey, without which she would be the clear leader. Day 2: fewer GIRs, more bogeys. Day 3: fewer greens, more bogeys again, but 5 birdies. Generally weakening. Day 4: very rough; 2 double bogeys, not much putting to covert plenty of GIRs.
Sorenstam, Annika (16)
70-72-73-72 (287 +7)
14-10-9-12 (45/72 63%)
4-2-2-2 (10)
2 + 1 DB - 4 - 5 - 4 (17)
Day 1: Where did that double bogey come from? A little off in Round 1, but still hanging in. She'll be in the hunt after Round 2, but she has to cut out the bogeys. A better putter than Webb, but it may not help. Day 2: Way fewer GIRs! Still bogeying. Day 3: Even fewer GIRs and more bogeys. Fading. Day 4: Still hitiing GIRs but also still carding bogeys.

 

 

Round 3 Summary

Karrie Web pours it on while every major contender except Se Re Pak fades, giving Webb a 5-shot lead over Se Ri Pak. Only six times in Open history has a player overcome a five-shot deficit in the final round, so it's fairly unlikely Pak can catch Webb. Barring something pretty unfortunate for Webb, it's just about Lights Out time at the US Women's Open. The weather is great this Sunday morning, so that won't be a factor. Peggy Kirk bell predicted something like 6 under would win, so expect Webb to shoot even to 2-under today and get out of Dodge with her second Open title in a row.

Analysis of performance stats says everyone exceptWebb, Pak and Matthew are not having great tournaments. So the field is basically falling back some. Some details:

Best
Strong
Weak

Top 10 rank after Round 3 (plus Annika)

Player
Score
GIRs of 54
Birdies
Bogeys
Comment
Webb, Karrie (1)
70-65-69 (204 -6)
16-13-11 (40/54 74%)
3-5-3 (11)
3-0-2 (5)
Day1: Best of the field for GIRs! Too many bogeys. If she can plug the leakage, she'll be in the top 5 after three rounds. Day 2: No bogeys! Hot putter. Day 3: Staying clean.
Pak, Se Ri (2)
69-70-70 (209 -1)
14-12-14 (40/54 74%)
2-2-3 (7)
1-2-3 (6)
Day 1: Excellent -- very strong play! Only 1 bogey!! Watch out. Day 2: Steady. Day 3: Too many bogeys.
Matthew, Catriona (3) 72-68-70 (210 even) 11-12-12 (35/54 65%) 2-4-2 (8) 4-2-2 (8) Day 1: Oops! Day 2: fairly strong. Day 3: Steady but too late.
Fudoh, Yuri (T4) 73-68-70 (211 +1) 11-11-11 (33/54 61%) 0-4-3 (7) 3-2-3 (8) Day 1: Oops. Day 2: same as cattriona. Day 3: too many bogeys, but very stedy overall.
Doolan, Wendy (T4) 71-70-70 (211 +1) 13-12-7 (32/54 59%) 2-3-3 (8) 3-3-3 (9) Day 1: lots of GIRs. Day 2: ok. Day 3: Missed lots of greens.
Inkster, Julie (T4)
68-72-71 (211 +1)
14-10-9 (33/54 61%)
5-2-5 (12)
1 + 1 DB - 4 - 4 + 1DB (13)
Day 1: Plenty of GIRs, lots of birdies, 1 unfortunate double bogey, without which she would be the clear leader. Day 2: fewer GIRs, more bogeys. Day 3: fewer greens, more bogeys again, but 5 birdies. Generally weakening.
Kuehne, Kelli (T7)
70-71-72 (213 +3)
8-9-10 (27/54 50%)
4-4-3 (11)
4-5-5 (14)
Day 1: The US Open is not the time to rely upon scrambling. Day 2: still scrambling, way too many bogeys. Day 3: still scrambling, slightly fading.
Eathorne, AJ (T7)
67-71-75 (213 +3)
9-12-11 (32/54 59%)
3-1-1 (5)
0-2- 4+1DB (8)
Day 1: Not enough GIRs, but bogey-free. Top-notch scrambling. Day 2: Better, more GIRs, but faltering birdies. Day 3: Way too many bogeys. Gone.
Turner, Sherri (T7) 72-70-71 (213 +3) 9-10-10 (29/54 54% 1+1E - 2+1E - 3 (10) 5-4-4 (13) Day 1: five bogeys cancelled an otherwise good round. Day 2: better, but still too many bogeys. Day 3: same.
Kerr, Cristie (T7)
69-73-71 (213 +3)
14-11-12 (37/54 69%)
3-2-3 (8)
2-5-4 (11)
Day 1: Last year's runner-up to Karrie Webb -- very clean round. Day 2: Slipping; too many bogeys. Day 3: better, but too late.
Pepper, Dottie (T7) 74-69-70 (213 +3) 10-11-13 (34/54 63% 2-4-3 (9) 4+1DB - 3 - 3 (12) Day 1: Not good! Day 2: Much much better. Day 3: Strengthening, but too late.
Sorenstam, Annika (T17)
70-72-73 (215 +5)
14-10-9 (33/54 61%)
4-2-2 (8)
2 + 1 DB - 4 - 5 (13)
Day 1: Where did that double bogey come from? A little off in Round 1, but still hanging in. She'll be in the hunt after Round 2, but she has to cut out the bogeys. A better putter than Webb, but it may not help. Day 2: Way fewer GIRs! Still bogeying. Day 3: Even fewer GIRs and more bogeys. Fading.

 

 

Round 2 Summary

Play Suspended For Day Pine Needles, N.C. -- Play was halted until Saturday because of inclement weather. Torrential rain and hail stopped play for good at 2:36 p.m., after the championship had been halted two previous times due to lightning. More than two inches of rain had fallen from 2:45-4:30 p.m. The overall delay lasted four hours and 33 minutes. The driving range will open at 5:30 a.m. Saturday and play will resume at 7 a.m., picking up with the second round. Thirteen groups (39 players) from Friday were still waiting to tee off. Of the 150 players in the field, 105 of them had not completed Friday's round.

Among those who finished were Karrie Webb with a blistering 65 and julie Inkster witha 2-over 72. Annika Sorensam played two holes at +1 (bogeyed the second hole) before play was suspended. Se Ri Pak also played these two holes at even. Webb's putting got hot, getting around the second time in 8 fewer putts than the first round (34 putts versus 26 putts). The greens should play easier now, but if the tee shots don't roll much, this gives an advantage to players with a lot of carry and who otherwise get in trouble with balls rolling out of the fairway into the rough, rather than simply hitting into the rough. I believe this favors Webb a bit over Sorenstam.

Round 1 Summary

Round 1 kicked off the Championship without too many surprises. Greens-in-regulation and keeping bogeys off the card tell the real story here. The current leaders are not doing too well with hitting greens in regulation, but they are keeping bogeys off. The dangerous contenders, Webb and Sorenstam, hit lots of greens in regulation but didn't keep the card as clean. Watch for the players hitting the greens consistently to overtake the field, and watch in that group to see who is keeping relatively bogey-free.

Some details:

Best
Strong
Weak

Top 10 rank after Round 1

Player
Score
GIRs of 18
Birdies
Bogeys
Comment
Figg-Currier, Cindy
67 (-3)
10
5
2
Plenty of birdies, but not enough GIRs.
Eathorne, AJ
67 (-3)
9
3
0
Not enough GIRs, but bogey-free. Top-notch scrambling.
Inkster, Julie
68 (-2)
14
5
2 + 1 DB
Plenty of GIRs, lots of birdies, 1 unfortunate double bogey, without which she would be the clear leader.
McGill, Jill
68 (-2)
11
3
1
Very solid, but not great.
Kim, Mi Hyun
68 (-2)
10
3
1
Not enough GIRs.
Keever, Stephanie (amateur)
69 (-1)
10
5
4
Lots of birdies, but too many bogeys. High am.
Pak, Se Ri
69 (-1)
14
2
1
Excellent -- very strong play! Only 1 bogey!! Watch out.
Kerr, Cristie
69 (-1)
14
3
2
Last year's runner-up to Karrie Webb -- very clean round.
Ammaccapane, Dina
69 (-1)
11
4
3
A little uneven.
Sinn, Pearl
70
11
1
1
Par-machine! Could really use a few more GIRs. Strong.
Webb, Karrie
70
16
3
3
Best of the field for GIRs! Too many bogeys. If she can plug the leakage, she'll be in the top 5 after three rounds.
Kuehne, Kelli
70
8
4
4
The US Open is not the time to rely upon scrambling.
Bartholomew, Jean
70
7
4
4
Ditto, even more so.
Sorenstam, Annika
70
14
4
2 + 1 DB
Where did that double bogey come from? A little off in Round 1, but still hanging in. She'll be in the hunt after Round 2, but she has to cut out the bogeys. A better putter than Webb, but it may not help.
Ward, Wendy
70
11
1
1
Another par-machine, just like Pearl Sinn.
Burks, Audra
70
13
1
1
A third par-machine! And the strongest of this subgroup to watch.
Hjorth, Maria
70
10
4
4
Not enough GIRs, too many bogeys.
Nilsmark, Catrin
70
7
2
2
Scrambling, with way too few GIRs.
Steinhauer, Sherri
70
12
3
3
Not bad at all. A- round because of the bogeys.
Myers, Terry-Jo
70
12
2
2
Very strong play!
Nakano, Aki
70
12
3
3
Not bad at all. A- round because of the bogeys.
Neumann, Liselotte
70
13
2
2
Good, steady golf! Almost a par-machine.
Redman, Michelle
70
14
3
3
Great GIR stats. That'll play.

 

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The Event - History and Past Tournaments

The US Women's Open is the second major in the season and dates back to 1947. The history of the event is available at the Official site and at the LPGA site. Historical performances and records, including past champions and player performances and statistics, are available at Golfonline, including the best players in the Open over the past ten years and many other stats and records.

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The Course

The Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Course is a 1927 Donald Ross classic design, 35-35 par 70 set amid the slightly hilly sandhill terrain of longleaf pines in Southern Pines, North Carolina -- adjacent to Pinehurst, site of the 1999 Men's US Open. The Pine Needles course, owned by golfing legend Peggy Kirk Bell (who also owns Mid-Pines Inn and Golf Course, another Ross course just across the street), hosted the 1996 US Women's Open where Annika Sorenstam won her second-in-a-row Open title.

The Official site includes an interactive course map that profiles each hole with playing tips (requires Flash 4). Peggy Kirk Bell offers her hole-by-hole playing tips in The Pilot, Southern Pines' newspaper. An article about Ross' design is on the Official site.

The Players and Their Odds

Battle of the Two International Superstars? Maybe not. Karrie Webb is the defending US Open champion, but Annika Sorenstam is the defender on this course. In addition, while the media is playing this up as a match between Sorenstam and Webb, Sorenstam is clearly playing better this year, having already won four titles, including the season's first major, while Webb is winless so far this year. In addition, this course suits Annika's game a little better than Webb's, with an emphasis on straight driving consistency and very accurate approach play to set up solid putting. Sorenstam simply blows the whole field away with her appraoch play accuracy, hitting over 84% of the greens in regulation! Watch for some very tight competition, especially from Julie Inkster, Se Ri Pak, Sophie Gustafson, Rosie Jones, and Dottie Pepper, to name a few of the strong contenders. Last year's runner-up Christie Kerr has some fire in her eyes, but her putting looked a little off on Monday. We'll see. I also like Kris Tschetter's chances, even though she has to sit in a chair between shots! (:-)

Specific Players

12-year old Morgan Pressel Qualifies for Open

Who's Hot (Fayetteville Observer)

Who's Hot (on LPGA - Golfonline)

LPGA Money List

LPGA Stats Center

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The Southern Pines Area - Travel, Accommodations, Dining, Leisure

Visitor's Guide

Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream at the Sunrise Theatre

Area Arts

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