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Minjee Lee six off early pace at US Women's Open

Lee well off the pace but still in the hunt (Photo: Henry Peters)
It has been a perhaps disappointing start for Australia’s leading player, Minjee Lee, at the US Women’s Open in Charleston in South Carolina but, at even par 71 and in a share of 25th place, the world number two is well enough placed heading into tomorrow’s second round.

Lee recorded four birdies and four bogeys in her morning round in which she played with world number one, Jin Young Ko, and two-time winner of the event, Inbee Park.

Lee has yet to record a top ten in five starts in the event and tomorrow she will face the task of improving her position in the more difficult afternoon conditions when she tees off at 1.29.

Four-time Japan Ladies Tour winner Mamiko Higa leads the event, producing a stunning debut US Women’s Open round of 65 to lead by one over Germany’s Esther Henseleit and American amateur Gina Kim.

It was a day where many of the more favoured chances in the event made slow starts to the week. Only Sei Young Kim from the world top ten is inside the top 13 after day one suggesting there may well be a dramatic change to how things look at the completion of tomorrow’s second round.

Katherine Kirk is tied for 68th after her round of 73, amateur Gabriela Ruffels and Su Oh recorded 75’s, Hannah Green and Sarah Kemp 76 and two-time champion Karrie Webb 77.  

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