On June 3, Mel Reid ranked T1 at -4 when finishing her first major women’s match in San Francisco after receiving strategic advice from Brooks Koepka from afar.

“Ah, I text during the day and then talk to FaceTime about an hour in the evening with Brooks two days ago. We discuss fighting tactics. He shared some major experience that I found useful this round. To be honest, thanks to Brooks, I’m more at peace with the way the lineup at the Olympic Club this week,” Reid said after the opening round.

Mel Reid made good use of the advice of his male colleagues to make an impressive start at the US Women's Open on June 3.  Photo: AP

Mel Reid made good use of the advice of his male colleagues to make an impressive start at the US Women’s Open on June 3. Image: AP

Koepka owns eight PGA Tour titles, including four majors. Among these prestigious championships, this former world number one twice won the US Open, twice won the PGA Championship. The men’s and women’s US Open golf tournaments are both organized by the United States Golf Association (USGA) and directly set the competition standard.

But Reid kept the details of the consultation private. “I’m not saying that,” she grinned, causing the crowd of reporters to burst out laughing.

Reid was born in 1987, three years older than Koepka. She is neighbors with Koepka in Florida and often fights with each other. “Brooks’ mental strength is unbelievable. He is similar to me in many ways. Why can’t I follow Brooks’ example in training, competition and trophies,” Reid said of the neighborhood juniors.

Yesterday, Reid started from the 9th hole, because the Organizing Committee took this peg as the starting point instead of the usual 10th hole for the entry branch from the second half of the field. She scored a birdie on the first hole of the round, after the tee shot like a fairway split. On hole 10, Reid hits tall, thick rough with a high chance of bogey or worse. However, she escaped onto the green on her second shot and then birdie with a 3.3-meter putt.

In the remaining 16 holes, Reid added three birdies and a bogey. On the opening day, Reid reached 252 yards at two points, which was recorded by the Organizing Committee with the average distance of the first hole. The whole leg, she hit 10 of the 14 fairways, went to the green according to the standard 14 holes with 28 putts.

At the end of the match, Reid and Megha Ganne took first place. Ganne is also 67 on par71 but with six birdies and two bogeys on the scoresheet. This player is only 17 years old, still an amateur and will graduate from high school next year. This female student competes in the US Women’s Open 2021 by winning the third round of the selection round. Within three strokes of T1 are 13 players, including Ko Jin Young – who is currently leading the world’s professional women’s golf (Rolex Rankings).

Reid is an English-born, playing professionally since 2007, three times in the European team to compete in the Solheim Cup with the US. She has won six trophies on the Ladies European Tour, but won her first LPGA Tour title last year.

Reid still retains her original nationality, even though she immigrated to the US since 2018. Also this year, she openly admitted that she is gay, and the international golf world now knows that Carly Grenfell is her fiancée.

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