Mamiko Higa sets record to lead U.S. Women's Open | Sporting News

Mamiko Higa made her U.S. Women’s Open debut a memorable one, taking a one-shot lead after the first round on Thursday.

Higa produced a bogey-free 6-under 65 at the Country Club of Charleston in South Carolina.

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The Japanese 25-year-old, who holed six birdies, set a record for the lowest round in a debut at the major.

A shot behind Higa are Esther Henseleit and Gina Kim, who opened with 5-under 66s.

Kim, 19, also made history, matching the lowest round by an amateur at the U.S. Women’s Open.

Frenchwoman Celine Boutier is outright fourth after shooting a 4-under 67.

Defending champion Ariya Jutanugarn battled to a 1-over 72 to be back in a tie for 43rd, alongside world No. 1 Ko Jin-young and two-time major winner Lydia Ko.

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