However, three consecutive bogeys at the turn (holes 8 through 10) put her over par.
"Golf if not who I am, but it is what I do", she said. "But to contend in a U.S. Open, regardless of where the location is, is unbelievable". "I really didn't pay attention to the weather and just concentrated on every shot". "Didn't hit a single shot on the golf course here", Wie told reporters after finishing following a long thunderstorm delay.
President Donald Trump arrived at Trump National Bedminster in a motorcade from Newark Liberty International Airport after a brief visit to France. Critics point to examples like Trumps comments in the Access Hollywood tape as a reason for women not to golf here.
When he left the course, Trump was again warmly welcomed by dozens of spectators, one shouting "Thank you" and another "This is my president".
Will the President show up to the women's crown jewel of golf this weekend or not?
Grilled on Trump's possible appearance in pre-tournament news conferences this week, one player after another said her focus was on golf, with players uniformly declining to weigh in with any opinions on Trump.
Per the United States Golf Association, the first round will resume at 6:45 a.m. ET and second-round tee times will be pushed back by 15 minutes.
First, she shirked any idea that she might not play well because of her travel schedule.
"It's been an fantastic journey, and it's not over yet, I know that much", said Kirk, who ranks No. 21 on the LPGA Tour earnings list this season with $401,864.
Wie also tweeted to fans later: "Thank you guys so much for your support.it's what gets me through times like these".
Lee birdied the par-4 second, took her lone bogey at the par-4 fifth but closed the front nine with a birdie and added back-to-back birdies at the par-3 14th and par-5 15th to top the leaderboard at six-under 138 after the early wave of players. "I'm hitting good and I'm putting good and I'm feeling good about my game right now".
She closed her round with two clutch putts to climb to 2-under on the day.
USA Today columnist Christine Brennan again tried to make herself the story by hounding female golfers about Trump-just like she did to Rory McIlroy at the Masters.
Fortunately for Kirk, friends kept encouraging and supporting her.
"For all of us, it's been probably a more high-keyed U.S. Open than we've had in the past", Alex said. "It's been quite a chaotic 24 hours".