Ochoa followed her birdie on No. 2 with another difficult birdie putt on the par-4 3rd hole, dying the ball in from 18 feet above the hole. Her two playing partners, Paula Creamer and In-Kyung Kim, both made double bogey on the hole after hitting their approach shots into Saucon Creek.
“You know, anything in the red numbers to start a U.S. Open, I will always take it,” said Ochoa, who carded four birdies and two bogeys on her scorecard. “I think I hit the ball good, but more important, I had the right speed of the greens. That helped me a lot. So, one round down and three to go.”