PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) - Defending champion Inbee Park’s first round at the U.S. Women’s Open got away from her in a hurry.
Two double bogeys and four bogeys left her at 6-over 76 on Thursday.
“I think it’s probably beyond disappointment,” Park said. “It was just so quick and I just don’t know what happened. I was just really shocked how the golf course was playing. … I didn’t feel like I played horrible, but the score is bad. So it’s so easy to make a lot of big numbers here.”
Park won her second Women’s Open title last year at Sebonack in New York, and came to Pinehurst trying to become the first player to win it in consecutive years since Karrie Webb in 2000-01.
After one round, a bigger concern might be simply making the cut.
“I definitely need some lower numbers to put myself back into position,” Park said. “But I think my plan has definitely changed. My plan will be making (fewer) bogeys tomorrow and trying to just stay out of the trouble. Not so much about the trophy now anymore, just trying to keep it into play.”
Park’s day started decently enough: Beginning on the back nine, she birdied her first hole before she had three bogeys in a six-hole span starting on the 13th.
Then came even more trouble.
Her first double bogey came on the par-4 third after her second shot sailed over the green and stopped in a foot mark that left her without a good shot. She closed her round with a double bogey on the par-3 ninth.
“It’s so easy to make double bogeys here,” Park said.
Park was coming off a win June 8 in Waterloo, Ontario, her first LPGA Tour title since her victory at Sebonack.
GOING OUT STRONG: Juli Inkster’s final Women’s Open got off to an up-and-down start.
Her 1-over 71 included four bogeys and three birdies.
She said she was pleased with her play, except for the shot she hit into a bunker with a rescue on the 16th.