World number four Lydia Ko is content after her four-under-par 68 in the opening round of the 2017 US Women’s Open on Thursday.
The New Zealander picked her way around Trump National in Bedminster, finishing strong with four birdies on the back nine. The round puts her tied for third with So Yeon Ryu and two shots behind solo leader Shanshan Feng.
“I’ll take this 68,” stuff.co.nz quotes the 20-year-old as saying.
“During major championships, you have to stay patient and you have to stay positive and really focus on those points and not get too carried away about the bogeys because it’s very likely that you will make some along the way.”
Ko revealed she was fortunate to be paired with eventual leader Feng, as she could feed off her momentum. Feng was superb on Thursday, rolling in six birdies for a flawless card.
“It’s good to be able to play alongside her so I can feed off her and I think we had a couple of holes where the whole group birdied and it’s nice when you can get into that momentum,” added the two-time major winner.
“I think she’s one of the most consistent players on tour. Her swing, her putting, there’s not a lot that can go wrong with it and when you’re that type of player you’re always giving yourself as many opportunities as you can.
“When I was playing her with, every birdie opportunity she had she pretty much made 99 per cent of them and I think that’s why she was able to play so well.”
Ko is looking for her first win since July 2016 at the Marathon Classic.