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Let's play 2: USGA doubleheader at Pinehurst, and the stage now belongs to the women

  • Michelle Wie prepares to hit her tee shot on the first hole during a practice round for the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament in Pinehurst, N.C., Wednesday, June 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

    Michelle Wie prepares to hit her tee shot on the first hole during a practice round for the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament in Pinehurst, N.C., Wednesday, June 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)  (The Associated Press)

  • Juli Inkster chips to the 10th green during a practice round for the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament in Pinehurst, N.C., Wednesday, June 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

    Juli Inkster chips to the 10th green during a practice round for the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament in Pinehurst, N.C., Wednesday, June 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)  (The Associated Press)

  • Karrie Webb, of Australia, chips to the 10th green during a practice round for the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament in Pinehurst, N.C., Wednesday, June 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

    Karrie Webb, of Australia, chips to the 10th green during a practice round for the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament in Pinehurst, N.C., Wednesday, June 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)  (The Associated Press)

The sounds at Pinehurst No. 2 were the first indication that the second U.S. Open would not be exactly the same as the first one.

The first day of practice for the U.S. Women's Open featured the clanging of workers removing half of the grandstands around the 18th green. There was a whoosh of water coming from a hose to water some of the greens.

The Women's Open gets started on Thursday in golf's version of a doubleheader. Just four days after Martin Kaymer won his second major at the U.S. Open, players from 53-year-old Juli Inkster to 11-year-old Lucy Li take a crack at Pinehurst No. 2.

It's the first time in history that men and women have competed on the same course in back-to-back weeks at a major.