Wie has 'a blast' at first round of US Women's Open

Canada's Brooke Henderson will be looking to add the U.S. Open title to her trophy collection

Canada's Brooke Henderson will be looking to add the U.S. Open title to her trophy collection

With AP Photos.Michelle Wie was pleasantly surprised by the condition of Shoal Creek after abundant rain. So did Ariya Jutanugarn, Sarah Jane Smith and Jeongeun6 Lee.

Jutanugarn is coming off a Kingsmill Championship win and kept up the momentum, including an eagle on No. 6.

She's near the top of the leaderboard on the biggest stage after one round.

"I played only nine holes yesterday".

The leading trio have a two-stroke advantage over Swedish amateur Linn Grant, Danielle Kang and 2014 champion Wie, who made four birdies against a lone bogey.

When Hailee Cooper steps on the first tee Thursday morning at Shoal Creek Golf Club, she'll be feeling all the nerves.

Smith played with a confidence that belied her recent poor results and a career resume that does not include a single LPGA victory in 222 starts.

"I haven't been in the position before, I but I hope to show up like it's another day", Smith said. I got a couple that was pretty bad and it hooked into trees and stuff like that. "I would like to say that".


"It's good to be nervous on the first tee", said Cooper, a Montgomery native.

The course had taken heavy rains during the week, raising concerns about the course's condition, but the sun held out for most of the tournament's first two days. By 6, her father began taking her to a golf course.

But the 30-year-old finished on a sour note with bogeys at 17 and 18 which dropped her into a share of eighth place with her Solheim Cup team-mates Madalene Sagstrom and Emily Pedersen as well as world No 1 Inbee Park.

"It really drives everyone, the younger generation, to be up here", Tavatanakit told Reuters, raising her hand above her head after a round that left her three shots behind leader Ariya. I was sort of holing a lot of putts.

She arrived last Wednesday from Korea and played nine holes several times. I was out there and the greens were actually great, today even better. "I stay out of it".

World number one Park In-bee headed a group on 12 players on 70 that also included Australia's Su Oh, American Nelly Korda and Denmark's Emily Pedersen. No. 3 Lexi Thompson is 1 under.

"The golf course is playing very long", Kang said. "It wasn't, oh, crap, there is mud". The South Korean retains a unique place of her only titles on the LPGA being majors, and a third addition would be welcome for the 23-year-old.

"It is our intention to play 72 holes to identify our champion, and to play the ball as it lies", he said. "The rain has not helped that situation, so I guess come Thursday we'll see, though". "If you don't have nerves, you don't really care". You have got to accept it. You are going to make bogeys. "Whoever deals with it the best is going to have the better outcome". But it's going to be the same for everybody.

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