US Open: Mel Reid credit recommendation from Brooks Koepka for setting early tempo at The Olympic Membership

England’s Mel Reid, chasing a maiden main victory, posted an opening-round 67 to set the clubhouse goal on the opening day of the 76th US Open at The Olympic Membership in San Francisco – watch all through the week on Sky Sports activities Golf.

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Mel Reid set the early tempo with an opening-round 67 on the US Girls’s Open

Mel Reid revealed a pre-tournament dialog with four-time main champion Brooks Koepka helped her seize the early clubhouse lead on the US Open.

Reid blended 5 birdies with a bogey to card a four-under 67 in foggy circumstances and on a tough format at The Olympic Membership in San Francisco, the place many of the subject had been struggling to interrupt par.

Ranging from the ninth gap, Reid opened with back-to-back birdies and added successive beneficial properties from the fifteenth, earlier than cancelling out a bogey on the 18th by selecting up a shot on the par-four seventh to set the clubhouse goal.

Mel Reid has missed the cut in four of her previous five US Women's Open appearances

Mel Reid has missed the lower in 4 of her earlier 5 US Girls’s Open appearances

“I did not assume that rating was on the market truthfully,” Reid stated. “I had a fairly good sport plan. It is in all probability the very best I’ve had for a event. We had a sport plan and caught to it.

“In the event you’re in hassle, simply get it out, make bogey. I believe the important thing right here is to not take many dangers the primary two, three days, and I did not try this. Very, very pleased with the way in which we began, felt like I performed very, very strong.

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“Yeah, it is clearly day one. There is a lengthy, lengthy approach to go, and in case you do not concentrate, this golf course can actually eat you up. Simply want to remain targeted. Whoever wins on the finish of that is going to be actually drained come Sunday.”

Reid, who used to often play follow matches with Koepka at The Floridian till her transfer to Jacksonville on the finish of 2020, paid tribute to the previous world No 1 for the recommendation he supplied her forward of the second ladies’s main of the 12 months.

“I texted Brooks [Koepka] on Tuesday, we had an extended dialog after which we FaceTimed for an hour on Tuesday night time,” Reid added. “He gave me a couple of issues that he follows by in a significant, so clearly recognize his assist.

“What he advised me was, I assumed, invaluable truthfully, and it made me have somewhat bit completely different method. That is why I really feel like I ready the very best, and with my caddie, he was nice at this time and we each agreed with the identical sport plan. Yeah, I am simply attempting to be a bit extra like Brooks.”

Korea's Jeongeun Lee6, winner of the US Women's Open in 2019, sits three strokes behind Reid after the opening day

Korea’s Jeongeun Lee6, winner of the US Girls’s Open in 2019, sits three strokes behind Reid after the opening day

Of the 78 gamers who teed off within the morning, Reid was one among solely eight to complete underneath par, with Angel Yin her closest challenger after a three-under 68 and Yuka Saso an additional shot again.

World No 1 Jin Younger Ko posted a one-under 70 with Marina Alex, Austin Ernst, Jennifer Kupcho and Jeongeun Lee6, whereas Charley Hull carded an opening-round 75 and Georgia Corridor struggled to a six-over 77 regardless of birdieing three of her first 4 holes.

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