KOHLER, Wis. (AP) For Cristie Kerr, it certainly didn't look like the start of a bogey-free day when she hooked her first tee shot into the water.
But Kerr recovered to make par, then went on to shoot a 3-under 69 to grab a share of the first-round lead at the U.S. Women's Open on Thursday, along with fellow Americans Brittany Lincicome and Lizette Salas.
"That proved to myself I was there," Kerr said. "In a way it was good that happened. I said to myself, 'No, I'm not letting it go this way today.'"
And if a few more birdie putt opportunities fell, Kerr would be in even better shape for a shot at her second Open title.
Third-ranked Ai Miyazato, the Japanese star coming off a victory Sunday in the LPGA Tour event in Arkansas, was a stroke back along with 17-year-old Lexi Thompson, Jennie Lee and Beatriz Recari. Seven players -- including No. 5 Na Yeon Choi and No. 6 Suzann Pettersen -- shot 71 in the nearly 100-degree heat and high humidi...