Fatigue, not the weather, wins on Sunday evening

July 10, 2011

COLORADO SPRINGS, Co. -- Rays of sunshine were peaking through the clouds above The Broadmoor when play resumed on Sunday evening, but the sun eventually had enough and set before the final round of the U.S. Women's Open could end.

Signs of fatigue dominated the final few hours of action. Considering the championship's 15 hours of weather delays, Sunday's 6:45 a.m. tee times and 6,230 feet of altitude, it'd be difficult to name a single golfer, male or female, who could possibly withstand the physical demands the week has required.

As Paula Creamer walked down the 10th fairway, all she could do was stop, put her hands on her knees and take a quick breather. Hee Kyung Seo, who had held a two-shot lead, missed a two and a half-foot putt on the 17th to cut her lead by one. And Angela Stanford, who flirted with the lead all day, continued making weak iron swings and pulling her approach shots.