South Korean teenager Hyo Kim leads the Women’s British Open after the 1st round at Trump Turnberry Resort.
Hyo-Joo incredibly shot a first round -7 under par 65 on the Ailsa Course in the Women’s British Open, equaling the lowest round in the Championship.
Hyo-Joo included an Eagle in her round, on the par five 14th where she hit her second shot to within 10 inches of the cup. She said she had not been playing too well recently;
“The last couple weeks, I couldn’t swing very well. But today I kept it in the fairway very well, and the second shots, hit the greens.”
World number two Lydia Ko is tied in second place at -6 under par with Cristie Kerr, with Kyu-Jung Baek and So Yeon Ryu a stroke further behind them, tied in fourth place at -5 under par.
England’s Florentyna Parker, Norwegian Suzann Pettersen and Azahara Munoz from Spain are the best placed Europeans in the first round, all tied with a huge group in sixth position at -4 under par.
Florentyna was very happy to have made such a good start, after practicing a round on PlayStation;
“It was brilliant. After yesterday and on Monday I played a practice round and I thought, this is going to be so tough.”
“I was so intimidated by the course and I kept saying to my friend, if I shoot under 80 today, I’m going to be thrilled.”
“And then I was starting off, I was like, doing okay and kept it going.”
“This is the first course I had never played as an amateur, as well. I was warming up on the PlayStation a bit playing it a bit and that helped.”
“We were lucky. The front nine was quite windy or there was a little breeze and then like the last few holes, it was absolutely nothing.”
“I think we had a good draw and it’s a tough course. The bunkers, if you’re in them, it’s like a shot gone.”
Suzann, the World #7 said she used extra concentration to get past the more difficult holes on the course;
“I think on this course, if you can kind of get it through the 11th and then the wind is a little easier I think.”
“And the finishing holes are a little bit easy the way the wind kind of came in today. I managed to finish strong. Hung in there on the front.”
“Had a good start. Still, a couple of the par fives, I didn’t birdie, which kind of feels like you have to do under conditions like today.”
“I stayed patient. My game is in good shape, so excited to go out again tomorrow.”
World No 1 Inbee Park was among the afternoon wave of players in the 156-strong field and carded a -3 under par 69 to be tied for 14th.