Minjee Lee of Australia leads the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Royal Lytham & St Annes in England.
Minjee fired six birdies, an Eagle and one bogey to card a -7 under par 65 first round to lead the Ricoh Women’s British Open by one shot, sinking some long putts on the way;
“I think everybody’s going to be happy with like a twenty footer on every hole if they could have it.”
“I managed to hole a couple of long putts, so that really helped me with my round today.”
“If you play it every single week, I think it would be pretty draining.” Minjee said about playing links golf.
“It’s a treat when we do get to play them.”
In second place at -6 under after her opening round is Mamiko Higa, Japan, signing for an opening 66.
Five ladies are then sharing third place at -5 under par, with rounds of 67, Georgia Hall, England, Teresa Lu, Taipei, Pornanong Phatlum,Thailand, with two ladies from South Korea, Mi Hyang Lee and Sung Hyun Park.
Georgia expected some pressure, being at home, and playing alongside the World number one Ariya Jutanugarn;
“It’s the British Open and I expect some pressure, it being home for me. It’s fun.”
“No one’s ever going to win a tournament by getting ahead of themselves and getting too excited so I was just trying to stay calm today.”
“I’ve got tomorrow to look forward to and remain in the same groove.”
“I was actually pretty calm, I was playing with the world number one.”
“I think she was more nervous than I was. I had a really good crowd on the first who clapped me and that got me going from the first hole.”
“I was happy to get a birdie. It kind of settled me.”
Michelle Wie, USA, who has been battling against arthritis in both wrists this year had to withdraw after 12 holes;
“I have been doing everything humanly possible this past couple of weeks to get my hand healthy enough to play this event, but unfortunately, it wasn’t enough.”
“I gave it my all today, but I just couldn’t handle the pain any longer.”