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U.S. Women's Open 2020: It's a cold final round in Houston, and these photos prove it

December 14, 2020

Yealimi Noh talks with her caddie, David Stone, on the second green on Monday at the U.S. Women's Open.

Carmen Mandato

When the USGA announced this summer that the U.S. Women’s Open was being postponed until December, the weather was an immediate thought. So many memorable moments in Women’s Open history include images of players battling hot, humid, summer-time conditions. A year ago, the championship was played in Charleston, S.C., and the best one-word answer to describe what it was like to play was sticky.

As for the best one-word answer to describe what it’s like to play the weather-delayed final round at Champions Golf Club in Houston on Monday? Try frigid. It was 42 degrees when the leaders went off at 8:25 a.m. local time, with the wind chill making it feel like it was in the mid to high 30s. “And that’s if you’re holding a cup of coffee,” joked Golf Channel on-course announcer Jim (Bones) Mackay during the telecast.

Suffice it to say, the outfits worn in Charleston are a whole lot different than what the field is wearing in Houston. Players are bundled up in multiple layers, putting on jackets between shots that look like they belong on ski trails, not a golf course. We bet you'll feel cold just looking at these players.

Jeongeun Lee6, the defending champion, lines up her putt on the third hole during the final round at the 2020 U.S. Women's Open at Champions Golf Club. (Robert Beck/USGA)

Robert Beck

Amy Olson talks with her caddie, Taneka Sandiford, before playing her shot from the first tee.

Jamie Squire

Jin Young Ko tries to warm up with some high knees down the first fairway. (Simon Bruty/USGA)

Simon Bruty

A Lim Kim (L) lines up her putt on the first hole with caddie Daihoun An. (Robert Beck/USGA)

Robert Beck

Cristie Kerr and caddie Jason Brady walk up the fairway on the third hole. (Robert Beck/USGA)

Robert Beck