Around the time Stacy Lewis was getting ready for her second round of the day at Colorado Springs, a brown bear shimmied up a tree, wrapped himself around a big branch and settled in for a snooze.
For the players and everyone else at the U.S. Women's Open, Friday was, indeed, an energy sapper.
Lewis made it through 29 holes on the mountain course before Colorado's typical summer thunderstorms hit. She walked off at 4-under par, with a one-shot lead over I.K. Kim and Ryann O'Toole.
Lewis, who won the Kraft Nabisco earlier this year, shot 3-under 68 in the first round, then after a quick stop for lunch, played the first 11 holes of the second round in 1 under.
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With the black clouds moving in and the wind gusting, she wasn't all that crestfallen to hear the siren sound.
"Part of me is definitely glad we stopped," she said. "My legs were getting a little heavy there."
There is never anything easy about winning a U.S. Open, and hitting good golf shots for 72 holes across the hilly Broadmoor, elevation 6,700 feet, makes it that much tougher, even under a normal schedule.
But this week's schedule will be anything but normal.
Play was suspended Thursday with 131 players still on the course, or still waiting to hit their first shots. That set it up for Lewis and dozens more to play — or at least try to play — 36 on Friday.
"I walked back out here and the food hadn't kicked in and I was really dragging," said O'Toole, a qualifier whose biggest pro check is the $17,500 she cashed at a Futures Tour event earlier this season. "Once it kicked in, I was fine. We played 28 holes today. I can't really complain. This gives us some rest. It's not going anywhere."
Indeed, not a single player had finished her second round when the weather hit Friday, meaning the weekend will be a long one and a Monday finish is possible.
Nobody will kick that weekend off in better position than Lewis, whose first career major came the hard way — a win at the Nabisco in what was essentially a head-to-head, final-day matchup against the world's top player, Yani Tseng.
Tseng, trying to complete the career Grand Slam this week, struggled early in this one and walked off the course at 3 over, seven shots out of the lead with seven holes to play. She was paired with defending champion Paula Creamer, and a few minutes before weather stopped play, both Creamer and Tseng, playing downwind, drove the ball over the 339-yard, par-4 second hole. Creamer got up and down for a birdie that put her at 1 under, one of only 10 players in red numbers.
Deere Classic — Chez Reavie shot a 9-under 62 to claim a two-stroke lead after two rounds in the PGA event at Silvis, Ill.
Reavie found the greens at TPC Deere Run to his liking while making an eagle and a succession of birdie putts, going 8 under during one nine-hole stretch. He went into the weekend at 14-under 128 in search of his first victory since the 2008 Canadian Open.
Steve Stricker shot a 64 to finish at 12 under in his bid for a third straight victory in the tournament.
Steve Marino (66) also was 12 under. Jhonattan Vegas (64), Mark Wilson (67), Brendon de Jonge (66) and Kyle Stanley (67) were four off the lead.
First Tee Open — Russ Cochran made six consecutive birdies and shot a 7 under 65 to take the first-round lead in the Champions Tour event at Pebble Beach, Calif.
David Eger is one shot back at 66, followed by Brad Bryant, Morris Hatalsky and Jim Thorpe at 67. Ten others are tied at 68.