Lorena Ochoa made four birdies and two bogeys on Thursday.
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Friday, July 10, 2009

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — Top-ranked Lorena Ochoa, 2007 champion Cristie Kerr and qualifier Jean Reynolds each shot a 2-under 69 to share the early lead in the opening round of the U.S. Women's Open.

Birdies were hard to come by Thursday on the slick, undulating greens and narrow fairways of Saucon Valley Country Club, which played at its full length of 6,740 yards.

Ochoa, looking for her first Women's Open title, had two birdies and two bogeys on her first nine, including a birdie putt of more than 50 feet on the second hole.

Kerr hit 15 greens and 10 fairways in a round of three birdies and a bogey.

Reynolds, a two-time winner on the Futures Tour, had four birdies and two bogeys.

Defending champ Inbee Park is among the afternoon starters.

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