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  • Lewis owns lead at Women's Open

  • PINEHURST, N.C. — Stacy Lewis had at least one thing in common with U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer. She made it around Pinehurst No. 2 without a bogey Thursday in the opening round of the U.S. Women's Open, and that put her in the lead.
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  • PINEHURST, N.C. — Stacy Lewis had at least one thing in common with U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer. She made it around Pinehurst No. 2 without a bogey Thursday in the opening round of the U.S. Women's Open, and that put her in the lead.
    That was about the only worthy comparison after one day of golf's unique doubleheader.
    Lewis managed to keep the stress at a minimum on a steamy morning in the North Carolina sandhills for a 3-under 67, giving her a one-shot lead over Michelle Wie when the opening round was halted because of storms in the area.
    "It was such an easy day," Lewis said, referring to her game more than the golf course. "I played really, really solid, other that I had to make a few par putts. But other than that, I didn't put myself in too bad of spots and made a few birdies."
    Wie made four birdies on the back nine, and a 10-foot par save on the par-3 17th hole, for a 68.
    Comparisons were inevitable for such an occasion — the first time the U.S. Open and the U.S. Women's Open were held on the same course in back-to-back weeks. Pinehurst No. 2 was 1,064 yards shorter than it was for the first round last week.
    That didn't make it any easier.
    Lewis, the No. 1 player in women's golf, and Wie were among five players who broke par when play was suspended with 30 players still on the course. Kaymer led 15 players under par in the first round last week. The scoring average for the women was 75.73, about 2 1/2 shots higher than the opening round for the men.
    Former Women's Open champion So Yeon Ryu, Katherine Kirk and 18-year-old amateur Minjee Lee were at 69.
    "I think we put on a great show," Wie said. "There are a couple of red numbers out there. There are a lot of people hovering around even par. But I think it's great. I love that we are playing on the same stage as the men. I think it's really interesting. It makes it very exciting."
    The show belonged to Lucy Li, the 11-year-old from the Bay Area who became the youngest qualifier in U.S. Women's Open history. She missed only one fairway and was rarely out of position, though it cost the sixth-grader dearly when she was. Li made one triple bogey and two double bogeys, three blemishes on her card that led to a 78.
    "I mean, it's 8 over," Li said. "It's not bad. But I was 7 over in three holes, so that's 1 over in 15 holes. So yeah, I just need to get rid of the big numbers."
    There were plenty of those to go around.
    At least 17 players failed to break 80, including Laura Davies. She had an 82, her worst score in a Women's Open since Cherry Hills in 2005. Perhaps more shocking was Lydia Ko, Cristie Kerr and defending champion Inbee Park, each of them at 76.
    Travelers Championship
    At Cromwell, Conn., Brendan Steele shot an 8-under 62 and it held up for a one-shot lead after the first round of the Travelers Championship.
    The 31-year-old Californian started his round with an eagle, holing a 129-yard wedge shot in the rain. He went on to birdie six of the next 12 holes at TPC River Highlands, but closed the bogey-free round with five straight pars.
    He finished two shots off the course record of 60 set by Patrick Cantlay in 2011 as an amateur.
    Ashland native Jason Allred finished tied for 120th after shooting a 72.
    Bud Cauley and Ryan Moore shot 63, and Chad Campbell, Joe Durant, Scott Langley, Eric Axley and Jeff Maggert followed at 64.
    Steele is shooting for his third top-10 finish this season after failing to qualify for last week's U.S. Open.
    Irish Open
    At Cork, Ireland, Finland's Mikko Illonen shot a seven-under-par 64 to set a new course record as crowd favorite Rory McIlroy struggled on the opening day of the Irish Open.
    Illonen birdied five of his closing seven holes in superb morning conditions on the Fota Island course in Cork and took a three-stroke clubhouse lead over Italy's Edoardo Molinari and England's Matthew Baldwin, who were the next best among the early finishers.
    The 64 is a new low for a course that has undergone major changes since its previous staging of the Irish Open in 2002.
    McIlroy hit just eight of the 14 fairways and took 30 putts in a round of three-over 74.
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