Mel Reid not solely has resurgent kind on her facet at the US Women’s Open – to not point out the rumours of an in depth household connection to this 12 months’s course – however she additionally has the perception of Brooks Koepka.
The Englishwomen revealed it was the recommendation of the four-time main winner that helped her to a exceptional first spherical, four-under 67 at the extreme Lake Course.
Reid declared on the eve of the largest main within the feminine recreation that “par will be a great score here”, so this was a genuinely notable display. And she was quick to credit her neighbour and regular playing partner down in Jupiter, South Florida.
“I texted Brooks on Tuesday and we had a long conversation and then we FaceTimed for an hour,” Reid said. “He gave me a few things that he swears by in a major. What he told me was invaluable. I’m just trying to be a bit more like Brooks.”
The 33-year-old’s four-under heroics, featuring five birdies and one bogey, handed her an early one-shot clubhouse lead over American Angel Yin in San Francisco and that was the very least she deserved. It could genuinely prove to be a golden gateway to her first major title and Britain’s first female major on US soil in more than three decades.
“I didn’t think that score was out there,” Reid said. “The gameplan is if you’re in trouble, just get it out and make bogey.”
Reid could even have another factor on her side. Wilfrid Reid, the original designer of the Lake Course in 1917, is reported to be a relative.
“Apparently he’s my great uncle,” Reid said. “I was thinking about it, and his middle name was Arthur. My dad’s name is Arthur after his granddad and he’s also from Nottingham. It’s just down the road from our hometown of Derby, so it actually makes a lot of sense.”
Reid was definitely the architect of her own rise. With the wind picking up for the afternoon starters, Reid took advantage of the early conditions. It was chilly, but Reid’s putter was hot as she played her first nine holes in four-under.
The dropped shot got here on the malevolent 320-yard 18th (Reid had began on the ninth), however she bought again on observe with six pars in a row on the entrance facet. With a birdie on the driveable par-four seventh (her seventeenth), Reid, the world No 33, handed her efforts additional lustre to maneuver one away from Yin.
Since successful her first title on American soil final October, Reid has racked up 5 top-15s on the US Tour, along with her tie for ninth within the LPGA Match Play two weeks in the past highlighting her good kind.
A gauge of the severity of the Lake Course was offered by Reid’s countrywomen Charley Hull firing a 75 and Georgia Hall labouring to a 77, regardless of being three-under by means of 4 holes. They have been in good firm. Nelly Korda, the top-ranked American at world No 4, slumped to a 78.
On the PGA Tour, Collin Morikawa took an early lead within the Memorial clubhouse courtesy of a six-under 66, with fellow American Adam Long one behind at Muirfield Village, Ohio. Ireland’s Shane Lowry shot a 69 to emphasize his efforts to qualify for the Ryder Cup.