Ochoa twists and turns to 69


BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Lorena Ochoa has made longer putts than the 50-footer she drained on the par-4 2nd hole at Saucon Valley Country Club on Thursday, but never one with so many twists and turns to it. “You know, first it went left and went right, went left, left and then it went right,” said Ochoa, who made several big birdie and par-saving putts en route to a 2-under-par 69 in the first round of the U.S. Women’s Open. “I just stayed quiet, saw everything. I’m glad I picked up on that hole.”

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.”