Jul 30th, 2015
Ricoh Women's British Open First Round Recap
Great day for Ko on the Links
Words: Daniel Owen Photography: Getty Images
Kim Hyo-joo shot a seven-under-par 65 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Women's British Open at Turnberry in Scotland.
The South Korean, 20, produced a bogey-free round that included an eagle on the 449-yard par-five 14th.
New Zealand's world number two Lydia Ko, 17, and American Cristie Kerr are tied second after carding 66s. Even though Ko has had 11 wins already as a professional, she has only had two top tens in major championships, her best finish being tied third at last years Women's PGA Championship. "It can get windy here so it takes a lot of patience at times but when you get the opportunities you try and grab them," she said after shooting her lowest round in a major championship
England's Florentyna Parker is in a group of nine players three shots off the pace on four under.
World number one Inbee Park is a shot further behind after a three under 69.
Carly Booth, the new GolfPunk Golf Nurse shot a level par 72, but it could have been so much better as she made a late bogey on 16, and failed to birdie the par five 17th. Hall of Famer Laura Davies also knocked it around in level par during her first round.
Things weren't quite as good for Mel Reid and Charley Hull both shooting 73. Mel will be particularly frustrated after two bogies in her final three holes.
Maria Balikoeva also stuttered to a 73, her topsy turvy round included an eagle and two birdies but also three bogies and a double bogey.