Recap: Mirim Lee Fires 64, Leads U.S. Women’s Open

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Mirim Lee birdied eight of her final 12 holes on Thursday to take the first round lead of the U.S. Women’s Open at Cordevalle.

 
The 25 year-old South Korean fired an 8-under 64, and finds herself 3 shots up on Minjee Lee, Amy Yang and 2007 U.S. Open winner Cristie Kerr, who are all tied for second at 5-under par.

“The course is perfect now,” Lee said in a media scrum after her round. “Greens are really fast. I just try make par, yeah, that’s it.”

Kelly Tan, Brittany Lang, and Anna Nordqvist are tied for the 5th spot at 4-under.

The marquee threesome of Lydia Ko (+1), Lexi Thompson (+2), and Brooke Henderson (+4) under-performed to say the least, combining for an aggregate score of 7-over par.

Leaderboard

Mirim Lee (-8), Minjee Lee (-5), Cristie Kerr (-5), Amy Yang (-5), Kelly Tan (-4), Brittany Lang (-4), Anna Nordqvist (-4)

Notables

Ariya Jutanugarn (-2), Christina Kim (-2), Stacy Lewis (-1), Suzann Pettersen (E), Karrie Webb (+1), Se Ri Pak (+1), Paula Creamer (+2), Michelle Wie (+3), Brittany Lincicome (+3)

Quotes from Leaders

“The wind wasn’t bad today. I had fun.”
Mirim Lee

I knew when I found the driver this week that it just felt so much like my old driver and we found the right combination and even if I missed a little bit I could feel what I did wrong, I could feel the difference. Like I said, I’m just happy that we worked it out.”
Cristie Kerr

“I felt like I was really solid, like my iron play was really solid. And if I missed my drives, it was sort of just on the first cut or maybe just in the rough. So I thought I striked the ball really well today. I gave myself a lot of opportunities for birdie.”
Minjee Lee

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