The first round of the U.S. Women’s Open at CordeValle is in the books. Mirim Lee is your leader at 8-under par.
Here are your Frequently Asked Questions for Round One of the U.S. Women’s Open.
1. What was the key to Mirim Lee’s round?
Lee started out with a bogey on her first hole (No. 10) and after that the South Korean went 9-under over the next 17 holes, highlighted by a run of 5 birdies over the final seven holes. Her key stat was GIR, where she nailed 17 of 18, for a 94.4% clip.
2. Did Mirim Lee set a record today with her 8-under par, 64?
Lee did not set a record, but she did tie one for the most under par during a single round. Lorie Kane and Becky Iverson also went 8-under during the second round of the 1999 Open at Old Waverly in Mississippi.
3. How did the members of the Big 3 do today?
Not very good. World #1 Lydia Ko had the best round of the trio, shooting a 1-over 73. Lexi Thompson carded a 2-over 74, while Brooke Henderson finished with a 76, 4-over par. In the aggregate, the marquee threesome put together a round of 7-over par.
4. What was the most important statistic today?
Greens in Regulation seems to be the key stat for good scores at CordeValle. Anna Nordqvist led the field with a 100% clip, hitting all 18, and finds herself in a T5 spot. Cristie Kerr (T2) and Mirim (1) both hit 17 of 18 greens.
5. Who had the worst round?
Chika Sawada, an amateur from Japan, struggled in her first U.S. Women’s Open, shooting a 14-over 86.