Lee not getting ahead of herself

Despite her sizzling opening round of 64 at the U.S Women’s Open, Mirim Lee is remaining grounded.

The South Korean lit up the front nine at CordeValle with six birdies on her way to an eight-under round, enough for a three shot lead. 

"The course is perfect now," Lee told the media after the first round.

"The greens are really fast. I just try to make par, yeah, that's it."

Three shots back on five under is the chasing trio of Minjee Lee, Cristie Kerr, and Amy Yang. 

Lee was positive after her round, which included an eagle two on the par four sixth, but she lamented her missed opportunities on the greens.

"I hit really good shots into the first couple of holes and I missed the putts…I missed my putts," quipped the Australian.

"I felt like I was really solid, like my iron play was really solid. And if I missed my drives, it was sort of just on the first cut or maybe just in the rough. So I thought I struck the ball really well today. I gave myself a lot of opportunities for birdie."

After finishing off with back-to-back birdies, Kerr revealed that she enjoyed playing in the benign conditions in the morning.

"I mean I liked it today," said the 18-time LPGA Tour winner.

"I mean, we played in the morning and took advantage of it, obviously. Mirim had almost a career round today. I definitely expect it to change. I don't think the USGA likes when we shoot eight under on their golf course. You have to expect it to change, and if it doesn't, then you'll have opportunities to score."