South Korea's Mirim Lee stormed into the outright lead by three strokes at the US Women's Open, firing a record-tying eight-under 64 in Thursday's opening round.

The world No 32 tamed the CordeValle Golf Club course to become the first player since 1999 in the US Women's Open history to shoot a round of eight under.

"The course is perfect now," Lee said. "The greens are really fast. I just try make par, that's it."

Lee came within one shot of tying Helen Alfredsson's record for the lowest 18-hole score in the tournament of 63, set in the first round in 1994 in Michigan.

The round gives her a three-shot lead over Cristie Kerr, Minjee Lee and Amy Yang and a four-shot lead over Kelly Tan, Brittany Lang and Anna Nordqvist.

Kerr said she expects course conditions to get tougher as the week goes on.

"We played in the morning and took advantage of it," Kerr said of the cool weather and softer greens. 

"Obviously, Mirim had almost a career round today. I definitely expect it to change.

"I don't think the USGA likes somebody shooting eight under on their golf course. So you have to expect it to change, and if it doesn't, then you'll have opportunities to score.

"It's a very straightforward course."

Kerr, who won the US Women's Open in 2007, had seven birdies and two bogeys. Australia's Minjee Lee had an eagle on the par-four sixth, four birdies and one bogey. Yang had six birdies and one bogey.

Mirim Lee started quickly on Thursday with a birdie on the par-four 10th, her first hole of the day. She birdied six of the nine holes on the front nine.

"I think everything was good," Lee said. "The driver was good and the irons good. I had a couple missed putts, but not bad. It was good."

Lee has two career victories on the LPGA Tour and three on the LPGA of Korea Tour. Her last win on the US Tour was in 2014 and she tied for fourth at the Women's PGA Championship this year.

"I don't know what course she played, maybe the ladies tees, maybe a different course," said World No 1 Lydia Ko, who is tied in 52nd place after a one-under 73 round.

"But she played fantastic. We were checking the leaderboard, she made two bogeys and still shot 8-under. It's very impressive. She must have hit a lot of fairways and made good putts. I think obviously that's the key."

 

POS

  GOLFERTRKCNTSCORETHRUTODAYR1R2R3R4TOTAL 
1  
Mirim Lee
  KOR -8 F -8 64 - - - 64  
T2  
Cristie Kerr
  USA -5 F -5 67 - - - 67  
T2  
Minjee Lee
  AUS -5 F -5 67 - - - 67  
T2  
Amy Yang
  KOR -5 F -5 67 - - - 67  
T5  
Brittany Lang
  USA -4 F -4 68 - - - 68  
T5  
Anna Nordqvist
  SWE -4 F -4 68 - - - 68  
T5  
Kelly Tan
  MYS -4 F -4 68 - - - 68  
T8  
Eun-Hee Ji
  KOR -3 F -3 69 - - - 69  
T8  
Moriya Jutanugarn
  THA -3 F -3 69 - - - 69  
T8  
Sydnee Michaels
  USA -3 F -3 69 - - - 69  
T11  
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
  ENG -2 F -2 70 - - - 70  
T11  
Ariya Jutanugarn
  THA -2 F -2 70 - - - 70  
T11  
Christina Kim
  USA -2 F -2 70 - - - 70  
T11  
Jessica Korda
  USA -2 F -2 70 - - - 70  
T11  
Pernilla Lindberg
  SWE -2 F -2 70 - - - 70  
T11  
Haru Nomura
  JPN -2 F -2 70 - - - 70  
T11  
Hee Young Park
  KOR -2 F -2 70 - - - 70  
T11  
Sung Hyun Park
  KOR -2 F -2 70 - - - 70  
T11  
Pornanong Phatlum
  THA -2 F -2 70 - - - 70  
T11  
Gerina Piller
  USA -2 F -2 70 - - - 70  
T11  
Lizette Salas
  USA -2 F -2 70 - - - 70  
T11  
Alena Sharp
  CAN -2 F -2 70 - - - 70  
T23  
Amy Anderson
  USA -1 F -1 71 - - - 71  
T23  
Erina Hara
  JPN -1 F -1 71 - - - 71  
T23  
Danielle Kang
  USA -1 F -1 71 - - - 71  
T23  
Stacy Lewis
  USA -1 F -1 71 - - - 71  
T23  
Gaby Lopez
  MEX -1 F -1 71 - - - 71  
T23  
Mo Martin
  USA -1 F -1 71 - - - 71  
T23  
Mika Miyazato
  JPN -1 F -1 71 - - - 71  
T23  
Ryann O'Toole
  USA -1 F -1 71 - - - 71  
T23  
Sophia Popov
  DEU -1 F -1 71 - - - 71  
T23  
So Yeon Ryu
  KOR -1 F -1 71 - - - 71  
T23  
Jenny Shin
  KOR -1 F -1 71 - - - 71  
T23  
Angela Stanford
  USA -1 F -1 71 - - - 71  
T23  
Kris Tamulis
  USA -1 F -1 71 - - - 71  
T23  
Jing Yan
  CHN -1 F -1 71 - - - 71  
T23  
Sakura Yokomine
  JPN -1 F -1 71 - - - 71  
T38  
Pei-Yun Chien
    E F E 72 - - - 72  
T38  
Hye Jin Choi
  KOR E F E 72 - - - 72  
T38  
Julia Engstrom
  SWE E F E 72 - - - 72  
T38  
Caroline Inglis
  USA E F E 72 - - - 72  
T38  
Nelly Korda
  USA E F E 72 - - - 72  
T38  
Maude-Aimee Leblanc
  CAN E F E 72 - - - 72  
T38  
Ilhee Lee
  KOR E F E 72 - - - 72  
T38  
Mi Hyang Lee
  KOR E F E 72 - - - 72  
T38  
Gwladys Nocera
  FRA E F E 72 - - - 72  
T38  
Hannah O'Sullivan
  USA E F E 72 - - - 72  
T38  
Jane Park
  USA E F E 72 - - - 72  
T38  
Suzann Pettersen
  NOR E F E 72 - - - 72  
T38  
Yani Tseng
    E F E 72 - - - 72  
T38  
Albane Valenzuela
  CHE E F E 72 - - - 72  
T52  
In Gee Chun
  KOR 1 F 1 73 - - - 73  
T52  
Ha Na Jang
  KOR 1 F 1 73 - - - 73  
T52  
Hyo Joo Kim
  KOR 1 F 1 73 - - - 73  
T52  
Lydia Ko
  NZL 1 F 1 73 - - - 73  
T52  
Xi Yu Lin
  CHN 1 F 1 73 - - - 73  
T52  
Lee Lopez
  USA 1 F 1 73 - - - 73  
T52  
Caroline Masson
  DEU 1 F 1 73 - - - 73  
T52  
Catriona Matthew
  SCO 1 F 1 73 - - - 73  
T52  
Maria McBride
  SWE 1 F 1 73 - - - 73  
T52  
Azahara Munoz
  ESP 1 F 1 73 - - - 73  
T52  
Se Ri Pak
  KOR 1 F 1 73 - - - 73  
T52  
Morgan Pressel
  USA 1 F 1 73 - - - 73  
T52  
Kelly Shon
  USA 1 F 1 73 - - - 73  
T52  
Karrie Webb
  AUS 1 F 1 73 - - - 73  
T52  
Hannah Wood
  USA 1 F 1 73 - - - 73  
T67  
Sun Ju Ahn
  KOR 2 F 2 74 - - - 74  
T67  
Beth Allen
  USA 2 F 2 74 - - - 74  
T67  
Q Baek
  KOR 2 F 2 74 - - - 74  
T67  
Nicole Broch Larsen
  DNK 2 F 2 74 - - - 74  
T67  
Na Yeon Choi
  KOR 2 F 2 74 - - - 74  
T67  
Paula Creamer
  USA 2 F 2 74 - - - 74  
T67  
Shanshan Feng
  CHN 2 F 2 74 - - - 74  
T67  
Spencer Heller
  USA 2 F 2 74 - - - 74  
T67  
Wei-Ling Hsu
    2 F 2 74 - - - 74  
T67  
Charley Hull
  ENG 2 F 2 74 - - - 74  
T67  
Mi Jung Hur
  KOR 2 F 2 74 - - - 74  
T67  
Naomi Eun Young Ko
  CAN 2 F 2 74 - - - 74  
T67  
Alison Lee
  USA 2 F 2 74 - - - 74  
T67  
Yan Liu
  CHN 2 F 2 74 - - - 74  
T67  
Teresa Lu
    2 F 2 74 - - - 74  
T67  
Leona Maguire
  IRL 2 F 2 74 - - - 74  
T67  
Haeran Ryu
  KOR 2 F 2 74 - - - 74  
T67  
Emi Sato
  JPN 2 F 2 74 - - - 74  
T67  
Ashleigh Simon
  ZAF 2 F 2 74 - - - 74  
T67  
Christine Song
  USA 2 F 2 74 - - - 74  
T67  
Lexi Thompson
  USA 2 F 2 74 - - - 74  
T67  
Ayaka Watanabe
  JPN 2 F 2 74 - - - 74  
T89  
Sandra Changkija
  USA 3 F 3 75 - - - 75  
T89  
Chella Choi
  KOR 3 F 3 75 - - - 75  
T89  
Cydney Clanton
  USA 3 F 3 75 - - - 75  
T89  
Austin Ernst
  USA 3 F 3 75 - - - 75  
T89  
Kotone Hori
  JPN 3 F 3 75 - - - 75  
T89  
Kim Kaufman
  USA 3 F 3 75 - - - 75  
T89  
Sei Young Kim
  KOR 3 F 3 75 - - - 75  
T89  
Taylor Kim
  CAN 3 F 3 75 - - - 75  
T89  
Candie Kung
    3 F 3 75 - - - 75  
T89  
Min Lee
    3 F 3 75 - - - 75  
T89  
Brittany Lincicome
  USA 3 F 3 75 - - - 75  
T89  
Mika Liu
  USA 3 F 3 75 - - - 75  
T89  
Su-Hyun Oh
  AUS 3 F 3 75 - - - 75  
T89  
Pamela Pretswell
  SCO 3 F 3 75 - - - 75  
T89  
Robynn Ree
  USA 3 F 3 75 - - - 75  
T89  
Jennifer Song
  USA 3 F 3 75 - - - 75  
T89  
Michelle Wie
  USA 3 F 3 75 - - - 75  
T106  
Jaye Marie Green
  USA 4 F 4 76 - - - 76  
T106  
Brooke Henderson
  CAN 4 F 4 76 - - - 76  
T106  
Paula Hurtado
  COL 4 F 4 76 - - - 76  
T106  
Alexandra Kaui
  USA 4 F 4 76 - - - 76  
T106  
Sue Kim
  CAN 4 F 4 76 - - - 76  
T106  
Bo-Mee Lee
  KOR 4 F 4 76 - - - 76  
T106  
Camilla Lennarth
  SWE 4 F 4 76 - - - 76  
T106  
Rinko Mitsunaga
  USA 4 F 4 76 - - - 76  
T106  
Shiho Oyama
  JPN 4 F 4 76 - - - 76  
T106  
Jackie Stoelting
  USA 4 F 4 76 - - - 76  
T106  
Mariajo Uribe
  COL 4 F 4 76 - - - 76  
T106  
Angel Yin
  USA 4 F 4 76 - - - 76  
T118  
Carlota Ciganda
  ESP 5 F 5 77 - - - 77  
T118  
Sandra Gal
  DEU 5 F 5 77 - - - 77  
T118  
Karine Icher
  FRA 5 F 5 77 - - - 77  
T118  
Jennifer Kupcho
  USA 5 F 5 77 - - - 77  
T118  
Lauren Stephenson
  USA 5 F 5 77 - - - 77  
T118  
Bailey Tardy
  USA 5 F 5 77 - - - 77  
T118  
Sun Young Yoo
  KOR 5 F 5 77 - - - 77  
T125  
Allisen S Corpuz
  USA 6 F 6 78 - - - 78  
T125  
Valentine Derrey
  FRA 6 F 6 78 - - - 78  
T125  
Julieta Granada
  PRY 6 F 6 78 - - - 78  
T125  
Nannette Hill
  USA 6 F 6 78 - - - 78  
T125  
In-Kyung Kim
  KOR 6 F 6 78 - - - 78  
T125  
Ayaka Matsumori
  JPN 6 F 6 78 - - - 78  
T125  
Lee-Anne Pace
  ZAF 6 F 6 78 - - - 78  
T125  
Beatriz Recari
  ESP 6 F 6 78 - - - 78  
T125  
Melissa Reid
  ENG 6 F 6 78 - - - 78  
T125  
Madelene Sagstrom
  SWE 6 F 6 78 - - - 78  
T125  
Jade Schaeffer
  FRA 6 F 6 78 - - - 78  
T136  
Marina Alex
  USA 7 F 7 79 - - - 79  
T136  
Hannah Burke
  ENG 7 F 7 79 - - - 79  
T136  
Ssu-Chia Cheng
    7 F 7 79 - - - 79  
T136  
Yoon-Ji Cho
    7 F 7 79 - - - 79  
T136  
Megan Khang
  USA 7 F 7 79 - - - 79  
T136  
Jung-Min Lee
  KOR 7 F 7 79 - - - 79  
T142  
Sierra Brooks
  USA 8 F 8 80 - - - 80  
T142  
Marissa Chow
  USA 8 F 8 80 - - - 80  
T142  
Anna Hack
  USA 8 F 8 80 - - - 80  
T142  
Julie Yang
  KOR 8 F 8 80 - - - 80  
T146  
Liv Cheng
  NZL 9 F 9 81 - - - 81  
T146  
Olivia Cowan
  DEU 9 F 9 81 - - - 81  
T146  
Kasey Petty
  USA 9 F 9 81 - - - 81  
T146  
Yunjie Zhang
  CHN 9 F 9 81 - - - 81  
150  
Erica Shepherd
  USA 10 F 10 82 - - - 82  
T151  
Sandra Angulo Minarro
  MEX 11 F 11 83 - - - 83  
T151  
Yu-Sang Hou
    11 F 11 83 - - - 83  
T153  
Chih-Min Chen
    12 F 12 84 - - - 84  
T153  
Miriam Nagl
  BRA 12 F 12 84 - - - 84  
155  
Karah Sanford
  USA 13 F 13 85 - - - 85  
156  
Chika Sawada
  JPN 14 F 14 86 - - - 86  

 

By AFP Sport

 

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