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Recari goes bogey free

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KOHLER, Wis. – Spain’s Beatriz Recari got into early contention Thursday at the U.S. Women’s Open, posting the only bogey-free round in the morning wave.

That’s impressive given the difficult setup.

Recari, 25, opened with a 2-under-par 70.

“There’s more trouble out there than there are birdies,” Se Ri Pak said.

Not for Recari. After blowing her approach over the first green, Recari hit a flop shot that slammed into the pin and stopped a foot from the hole. She made par. She avoided trouble the rest of the way.

“I feel great,” said Recari, who won the 2010 CVS Pharmacy LPGA Challenge. “Especially because I played very smart out there. I gave myself chances, and the most important part is that I didn't run into trouble.”

Recari grabbed a share of the first-round lead last month at the Wegmans LPGA Championship but ultimately finished in a tie for 45th. No Spaniard has ever won a women’s major championship.