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Two bad holes hurt Talley in 1st round

By James D. Horne jhorne@paducahsun.com

Emma Talley got off to a great start Thursday at the U.S. Women's Open being at Pinehurst, N.C., but got into some trouble on the back nine and tied for 59th in the almost completed first round after shooting a 5-over 75.

Play was suspended at 6:55 p.m. with 28 golfers still on the course because of inclement weather with one of Talley's first-round playing partners, Stacy Lewis, in first place after shooting 3-under 67.

Talley, the 2013 U.S. Amateur Women's champion, is playing as an amateur this week and is tied with 17 other golfers, including five who didn't complete the round because of the weather.

Michelle Wie was in second place with a 68 and three players (Katherine Kirk, So Yeon Ryu and fellow amateur Minjee Lee) were tied for third at 67.

Play will resume at 5:45 this morning.

"The first couple of holes were awesome," Talley said. "I definitely came out and was playing well. I had 16 good holes today and had two bad holes. But that happens and (today) I'll just try to do better.

Talley, who started on No. 10 with Lewis and defending Open champion Inbee Park, birdied at No. 10 and No. 16 and parred on six before she double bogeyed on No. 9.

She made par on the first three holes of the back nine, but bogeyed on No. 4 and triple bogeyed on No. 5. Her final four holes were par, par, bogey and par for the 75.

Talley said she enjoyed the grouping with Lewis and Park, who shot a 76, and was encouraged by Lewis during the round. The threesome will tee off as Group 41 at 12:47 p.m. at Hole No. 1. Second-round coverage begins on ESPN2 at 2 p.m.

"I've known Stacy for a while," Talley said. "I kind of looked up to her a few years ago and she's become my mentor. Her and her family are great. I've met Inbee Park before so I wasn't as nervous as I thought I would be at the start. They are two great players and we had a lot of fun. There was one time when we were walking up the course and Stacy said I was playing great, so that felt good."

Talley knows she'll have some work to do to make the cut today.

"The two bad holes hurt me," Talley said. "One hole, No. 18, I just made a bad shot and that's going to happen sometimes. On the triple bogey on five, that was just a bad decision that turned disastrous. I didn't follow my yardage book on that hole and I should have. So (today) I want to play like I did on the 16 holes I played well."

Call James D. Horne, a Sun sports writer, at 270-575-8661 or follow on Twitter @psunsports.

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