Golfing World News - June 20

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Stacy Lewis continued her good form, as she took an early lead at the U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst.The world number one, who has won twice in her last four appearances, opened her campaign with a faultless 67, to give her the outright lead.

"I think everything I'm doing is geared towards Majors in general. I think to win Majors you have to have control of the ball, you have to putt great, and you have to have control of your emotions. The last one, that's been the kicker for me the last few years, is control of my emotions. So that's something that I put a - moved at the top of the list for me this year. That, you know, if I do anything, I'm going to control that. And I did a really good job of that today."

11-year-old Lucy Li, the youngest ever qualifier for the event, struggled initially but carded two birdies to finish eight over par but she has more important things on her mind:

Lucy Li: "I guess I am glad that I got it over with, but I'm also excited for tomorrow, yeah."
Reporter question: "What's your plan for the rest of the day?"
Lucy Li: "Eat some more ice cream."

Rory McIlroy has a lot to do if he’s to win his first ever Irish Open. The Northern Irishman’s round of 74 left him 10 strokes off leader Mikko Ilonen, whose round of 67 included eight birdies.

To the PGA now where Brendan Steele holds a first round lead at the Travelers Championship.

Steele, who recently ditched his long putter, had a spotless round which included six birdies and an eagle of the first.

The Californian is a stroke clear of Bud Cauley and Ryan Moore, whilst Sergio Garcia and K.J. Choi are well-placed three shots back.

That’s all for today, join us on Monday when we’ll round up the weekend’s action. In the meantime follow us on Twitter @golfingworldtv and we’re on Facebook and Instagram too.

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