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


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.


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


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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