Heat ADVISORY for most of southeast Wisconsin until 7pm tonight

Players, spectators beat the heat during Women’s Open Day 1

KOHLER -- The best women golfers in the world converged at Blackwolf Run Golf Course in Kohler, Wisconsin as the U.S. Women's Open kicked off Thursday, July 5th. The action was hot, but not as hot as the temperature!

It was high skies, high anticipation and high temperatures during the first day of the 67th Women's Open Golf Championship Thursday. The players, the spectators and even the media spent the day trying to beat the heat!

"I'm being beaten by the heat!" one spectator told FOX6's Tom Pipines.

"I'm barely surviving!" another spectator said.

Most spectators said they were beating the heat Thursday by drinking lots of water! Officials even offered a two-for-one deal on bottled water, which many took advantage of!

Some said there's nowhere they would rather be, but for others...

"I'd rather be at home, in the pool!" one woman said.

As for the players...

"Most of the players here are in pretty good shape. We play in a lot of these conditions -- especially over in Asia. We start the year in Australia and we play in Thailand and we play in Malaysia, and this feels pretty similar," Natalie Gulbis said.

"It's so hot, and it's such another element to add to it. You're not thinking 100% clearly all the time, and I think that's the hardest part," Paula Creamer said.

"I am just soaking wet. It's very, very hot," Beatriz Recari

Still, some spectators wouldn't let Mother Nature keep them away on Opening Day of the Open.

"I'm passionate about it. I love golf," one spectator said.

As it stands on Thursday night, there was a three-way tie on the leaderboard.

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