Golf Digest WomanJuly 11, 2011

5 things to expect on Monday morning at the U.S. Women's Open

COLORADO SPRINGS, Co. -- Welcome to the final edition of "Things To Expect," where we've been predicting what might unfold after the first golf ball flies in the air. Since the 66th U.S. Women's Open is seemingly the championship that never ends, however, we might be back tomorrow for yet another version of "Things To Expect."

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  1. Live coverage__: ESPN2 and ESPN3.com will air the remainder of the championship, starting at 8 a.m. local time (10 a.m. EDT). Since the most holes any golfer has to finish is five, we're expecting one hour of action this morning.

2. An easier stretch of final holes: The final few holes have played the toughest all week, but their fourth-round set-up has yielded more birdies. The last five holes rank as the 11th, fifth, 13th, 15th and 10th most difficult on the East Course. The par-5 17th is playing slightly under par (it has given up 12 birdies and nine bogeys during the fourth round). And whereas players previously averaged nearly a stroke over par on the finishing hole, they have averaged 4.2 strokes during the fourth round.