Stacy Lewis 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.
Lewis, on a steamy morning in the North Carolina sandhills, shot a 3-under 67, giving her a one-stroke lead over Michelle Wie when the round was halted because of storms in the area.
"It was such an easy day," Lewis said, referring to her game more than the course. "I played really, really solid."
Wie made four birdies on the back nine for a 68.
It's 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.
Lewis and Wie were among five players who broke par when play was suspended with 30 players still on the course. U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer led 15 players under par in the first round last week. The scoring average for the women was 75.73, about 21/2 shots higher than the men's opening round.
"We put on a great show," said Wie, a Stanford alum. "I love that we are playing on the same stage as the men."
Pleasanton native Paula Creamer was at 70, and Juli Inkster, playing in the Women's Open for the 35th and final time, had a 71. The 53-year-old South Bay native made the cut in her first Women's Open in 1978, when she was 18, and won it in 1999 and 2002.
PGA: Brendan Steele shot an 8-under 62 for a one-stroke lead over Bud Cauley and Ryan Moore at the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut.
Steele opened with an eagle, holing a 129-yard wedge shot in the rain at TPC River Highlands. He birdied six of the next 12 holes and closed with five straight pars.
"On 14, I started to think 59, which is probably why I slowed down a little bit," said Steele, who needed just 26 putts after recently shifting from a long to a short putter.
Former Stanford stars Patrick Rodgers and Cameron Wilson made their professional debuts, with Rodgers shooting a 66, and Wilson a 73.
Trevor Immelman had the shot of the day, making double eagle from 246 yards on the par-5 13th en route to a 68. He used a 3-wood and cleared a green-side water hazard.
European: Crowd favorite Rory McIlroy struggled to a 3-over 74 at the Irish Open in Cork. Mikko Illonen shot a 7-under 64 and had a one-stroke lead at the Fota Island course. McIlroy hit just eight of the 14 fairways and took 30 putts. He said jetlag and the late arrival of his clubs after returning from the U.S. Open contributed to his poor effort.