Golf Digest WomanJuly 9, 2011

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Co. -- Greetings from sunny Broadmoor, where the forecast on Saturday is more promising than it was during the first two rounds. Play officially kicked off at 6:55 a.m., and here are five things to look for on this long third day:


  1. Split tees and threesomes__: We'll be seeing players tee off in threesome from the first and tenth holes all day, and it's a smart way to cram as much play in as little time as possible. *One hundred and eleven *players would make the cut if the second round ended right now (the horror!), so jam-packing tee times is the only thing we can expect.


  1. A 2:30 p.m. start to the third round__: The final players to begin their second rounds will tee off at 8:39 a.m. By that measure, they'll likely finish at around 1 p.m., which means third-round action won't begin until at least 2:30.

__3.__A major change in the leaderboard: Half the field hasn't even started their third round. With the marquee pairing of  Cristie Kerr, Karrie Webb and Ai Miyazato teeing off at 7:55 a.m., the leaderboard will look drastically different at the completion of the second round than it currently does.

4. A tough finishing hole: Midway through the second round, the 433-yard 18th hole is still playing as the toughest on the course. It's stroke average is 4.56, followed by the 440-yard 11th (4.46) and the 460-yard 10th (4.45). The green can be to blame: only 42.6 percent of the field hit the 18th in regulation, and yet it demanded an average of 1.82 putts.

__5.__Suspension of play due to darkness: There's no chance we'll see the completion of the third round today.

--Ashley Mayo