Wie leads Women's British Open

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04 August, 2017

Michelle Wie of the United States carded a course record eight-under-par 64 as she topped the leaderboard after the first round of the Women's British Open at Kingsbarns in Fife in Scotland. Dropping a shot on the par five second after a "skulled" wedge approach, Wie sat over par after three holes as the links was doused with the red of birdies.

Kim is a stroke further back having made eight birdies and just one bogey in her score of 65.

"It's been a struggle this year", she said, "and I just really would love to continue to play well this week". "I hit one shot and just started getting neck spasms and hurt my neck a little bit. I'm lucky to be playing it for a living so I want to enjoy it". "I would have taken that at the start but maybe not after nine holes, when I was three-under", said the Dunblane woman, who is based these days in Portugal.

And despite playing in the worst of the fluctuating weather conditions, Jodi Ewart Shadoff played a strong back nine to sneak up alongside her compatriot. "I was angry after that, so I nuked a drive on the next hole and that got me into a good position". "You get lost in the views out there and it nearly feels like playing back home in Hawaii".

"I'm delighted", Reid said.

The teenage prodigy secured a spot at the Women's British Open after winning the Ladies European Thailand Championship in Pattaya last month.

Lexi Thompson enters the fourth major of the year with an envious record that includes a victory less than a month after the disappointing rules controversy at the ANA Inspiration that cost her a first major title.

Lindy Duncan finished one shot behind the South Korean, bogeying the 17th to drop down to third place on six-under-par 66.

The 27-year-old then rolled in a five-foot birdie at the 16th, picked up another from a couple of feet closer at the next and closed her blemish-free back nine with a 15-foot gain at the last. "But I try to not get ahead of myself, and focus on one shot at a time", Kim told LPGA.com.

Georgia Hall is also on four under and English amateur Sophie Lamb began with a 69, while last year's victor Ariya Jutanugarn began her defence with a one-under 71.

The illness, also known as mononucleosis, hit her hard at the U.S. Women's Open, where she tied for 33rd.

Pam Smith, captain of Crail Golfing Society, said: "The club is looking forward to hosting the championship for the first time and welcoming talented young players from across the world to Crail, which I'm sure will provide a great and very enjoyable challenge".

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