The power pairing at the U.S. Women's Open

July 06, 2011

COLORADO SPRINGS, Co. -- There will be a handful of intriguing pairings on Thursday and Friday at The Broadmoor East Course--Ai Miyazato, Karrie Webb and Cristie Kerr tee off at 8:28 on Thursday morning, and Brittany Lincicome, Stacy Lewis and Na Yeon Choi tee off at 1:36--but there's one clear power pairing.

The crowds will hover around the first tee on Thursday afternoon when the reigning U.S. Women's Amateur champion, Danielle Kang, joins Paula Creamer and Yani Tseng, two players vying to achieve lofty goals on Sunday.

[*__(Related: Yani Tseng is making history at rapid rate.)



"I think it's a great pairing," said Creamer, who hasn't won since last year's U.S. Open. "She's a hot player. She's got a lot of confidence in her putter, she's hitting the ball great and she's the player to beat."

We'll have to wait to see whether one of these two standouts makes a charge during the first two rounds, but one thing is for certain: each one of them will play the course very differently. Tseng, who's much more comfortable with the limelight now than she has ever been, plans to take advantage of the wide fairways and bomb the ball off the tee with her driver. Creamer, a shorter hitter, plans to keep herself in the fairway and place her balls on specific parts of the green.