May 31st, 2018
Melissa Reid off to a great start at US Open
It's all happening at Shoal Creek, Alabama
Words: Tim Southwell Photography: LPGA
After coming through qualifying last week, Melissa Reid got off to a great start at the US Women's Open with a -2 round of is three shots off the lead after the first round of 70 at the US Women's Open in Alabama.
Mel birdied three of the first eight holes at Shoal Creek, before back-to-back bogeys on 9 and 10. Out in 34, she could not quite repeat the feat on the back 9, carding three bogeys offset by three birdies. Still, six birdies in round one (matched only by leader Ariya Jutanugarn and Swedish amateur Linn Grant) bodes well for the rest of the tournament.
Thailand's Jutanugarn is tied for the lead with South Korea's Jeongeun Lee and Australia's Sarah Jane Smith after they carded a five-under-par 67.
The tournament at Shoal Creek is the second major of the year.
American's Michelle Wie and Danielle Kang are at three under, alongside Swedish amateur Linn Grant.
Defending champion Sung Hyun Park, of South Korea, mixed two double bogeys with four birdies in a round of 76 to sit in joint 96th on four over.
England's Sophie Walker is at level par, alongside compatriots Georgia Hall and Jodi Ewart Shadoff, with Charley Hull at two over tied with Scotland's Catriona Matthew.
Here's the scoop:
-5 Jutanugarn (Tha), Lee (Kor), Smith (Aus)
-3 Wie (US), Kang (US), Grant (Swe)
-2Gillman (US), Sobron (Spa), Reid (Eng), Tavatanakit (Tha), Kim (Kor), Oh (Aus), Park (Kor), Kim (Kor), Korda (US), Kim (Kor), Sagstrom (Swe), Pedersen (Den)
-1 Ko (NZ); E Walker (Eng), Shadoff (Eng), Hall (Eng)
+2 Hull (Eng), Matthew (Sco)