Mel Reid gives masterclass to lead US Open first round

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Mel Reid gives masterclass to lead US Open first round… but Georgia Hall struggles despite good start at Olympic club in San Francisco

  • Mel Reid enjoyed an excellent first round with a 67 . lap
  • Georgia Hall’s run of five bogeys and a double saw her fall in the order
  • Jess Korda was par after 16, but sister Nelly was four-over at the Olympic Club

Mel Reid gave a masterful demonstration of US Open style golf to hit a 67 on Thursday and take the first round lead at the Olympic Club in San Francisco.

Hitting fairways is a must on this major, especially on a Lake Course where the rough is so juicy. Not that Reid saw much of it, he missed just three fairways in a dream opening round for the 33-year-old from Derby, who broke the American circuit last October.

Reid has a terrible record at the US Open, with four missed cuts halfway through in five starts. From the 9th, she started determined to change that, with four birdies on her first eight holes. A bogey on the 18th was followed by a stream of pars for a birdie on the 7th to complete her best lap in this event.

Mel Reid takes an early first round lead at the Olympic Club in San Francisco

Mel Reid takes an early first round lead at the Olympic Club in San Francisco

Georgia Hall dropped in order after a disastrous run of five bogeys and a double

Georgia Hall dropped in order after a disastrous run of five bogeys and a double

Georgia Hall dropped in order after a disastrous run of five bogeys and a double

It looked like Reid would be joined on the standings by former Open Champion Georgia Hall, who also started with three early birdies. It turned out to be a different story, however, when the savage took shaggy lumps from the 25-year-old. A terrible run of five bogeys and a double in the space of 10 holes changed her score card and saw her fall in sequence. She was four left with two to play.

Charley Hull and Northern Ireland’s Stephanie Meadow also struggled with the daunting set-up, the first three over after 15 and the final card a 76.

Elsewhere, sisters Jess and Nelly Korda may look similar, but their scores were distinctly different. Jess played in the same group and tied after 16, but Nelly was four-over.

Jess Korda (left) has outperformed her sister Nelly (right) so far at the US Open

Jess Korda (left) has outperformed her sister Nelly (right) so far at the US Open

Jess Korda (left) has outperformed her sister Nelly (right) so far at the US Open

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