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U.S. Women's Open set to tee off at Lancaster Country Club

Written by Tim Lambert and Radio Pennsylvania | Jul 9, 2015 5:05 AM
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Photo by AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

Stephanie Meadow of Northern Ireland hits out of a bunker onto the eighth green during a practice round for the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament at Lancaster Country Club in Lancaster this week.

(Lancaster) -- After five years of planning, the U.S. Women's Open is set to tee off in Lancaster County today.

Some 156 players are competing for a record $4.5 million purse, including ten former champions.

Michelle Wie is the defending tournament champion. She says it's been a challenging year.

"I've been struggling with a couple of illnesses and injuries, but at the same time I'm just taking it day-by-day," she says. "Every day feels better than the day before. I'm just trying to improve a little bit every day.

New Zealand's Lydia Ko says she wants to build on some momentum she has coming into the tournament.

"I didn't play well the last couple of weeks, but it was great to finish with a low score (last) Sunday in Arkansa," she says. "I think that gave me a lot of confidence coming into this week."

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Lydia Ko, of New Zealand, hugs Taiwan's Yani Tseng at the ninth hole during a practice round for the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament at Lancaster Country Club, Wednesday

American Brittany Lincicome says she's feeling comfortable with her game.

"I think just being a major, obviously, it sets up more difficult. The scores aren't as low, which I like. I love tournaments that just a couple under par wins," she says. "When it gets to like 15 or 20 under par, it brings in the rest of the field and more out of my reach."

The players wrapped up three days of practice rounds yesterday.

Organizers are estimating crowds of 25,000 or more Saturday and Sunday at the Lancaster Country Club.

Meantime, the United States Golf Association is standing by its decision to remove Paul Fusco, the caddie for Sei Young Kim, from the open for taking photos of internal notes on the course setup. 

It says the move was made to protect the entire field.
 

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