Majors

Ricoh Women's British Open 2018

August 02-05

Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club, Lancashire, England

$3,250,000

August 02-05

Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club, Lancashire, England

$3,250,000

Round 1

Minjee Lee shoots 65 to take lead

August 02, 2018

Australian star Minjee Lee took advantage of the glorious weather conditions at Royal Lytham and St Annes Golf Club on Thursday afternoon and shot a sizzling seven-under-par 65 to lead after the first round of the Ricoh Women’s British Open.

Minjee Lee shoots 65 to take R1 lead at Ricoh Women's British Open

Lee is one stroke clear of Japan’s Mamiko Higa, with England’s Georgia Hall tied for third place only two shots from the lead.

It looked as though the 22-year-old from Perth, who has already won twice this year, at the Vic Open in February and at the LPGA Volvik Championship in May, was heading for a record breaking performance after she made six birdies and an eagle in her first 16 holes, to reach eight-under-par. The highlight of her round was undoubtedly her eagle putt from 27 feet on the par-5 16th green. However, she dropped a shot at the difficult par-4 17th after taking four strokes to reach the greenside bunker, which was her only bogey on the card.

Lee has had a superb 2018 season to date, however her form in the major championships has been disappointing this year with finishes of 25th, 34th and 25th in the three majors played so far. Lee’s best finish in her four Women’s British Open appearances to date came three years ago in her rookie season when she finished in a tie for ninth place at Turnberry.

The world No.8, who finished as the runner-up to the world No.1 Ariya Jutanugarn after a tight battle in wet and windy conditions in the Aberdeen Standard Investment Ladies Scottish Open over the weekend, is no stranger to links courses and looking for her first Major title. She said: “I played pretty solid today. I holed a lot of putts.”

On a day of contrasting weather conditions, she admitted: “I think we got pretty lucky with the weather, and hopefully we’ll get lucky tomorrow, too.”

Higa and Hall also played in the wall-to-wall sunshine and Hall, who tied for third place last year at Kingsbarns, was pleased with her flawless score card.

The 2017 LET Player of the Year, who had her father Wayne as her caddie, said: “I just love coming back here and I have a lot of confidence from last year. And like my first tee shot I knocked it to a foot, so I was like confident from then, I think, and this golf course is really, really tough, and to play the round bogey free I’m actually really happy.”

Sung Hyun Park, Teresa Lu, Mi Hyang Lee and Pornanong Phatlum are tied with Hall on five-under.

Earlier in the day, the morning starters played in overcast and rainy conditions. Germany’s Sandra Gal set the target at four-under par and was later joined by Mina Harigae and Lydia Ko.

Rewind nine years and Gal tamed blustery conditions to post the first round lead of 69 the last time the championship was played at Royal Lytham in 2009. This time, she went one stroke lower, with six birdies against two bogeys, coming home.

Gal said: “It’s nice to be back here in the same position and on this beautiful golf course. I kind of know my game better. I’m hitting certain shots more on purpose. I think before I was just very young and just kind of reacting to everything.”

Like Australian Minjee Lee, Gal has teamed up with Jordan Spieth’s coach Cameron McCormick in the last couple of months and says that he has made a big difference.

“We just cleaned up my swing. No big changes, but I think he gave me a little confidence with left-hand low putting and just kind of minor adjustments with that and then hitting consistently with my irons, with my tee shots. And that also has given me a lot of confidence.

“He was there last week, so we worked a lot on shots on this firm ground. So that plays a little bit different, so I think hitting those little cuts is key for me just to trap the ball a little bit better and keeping that ball flight down.”

Moving further down the leader board, Angel Yin, Florentyna Parker, Carlota Ciganda and Madelene Sagstrom were in a group on three-under-par.

Parker, whose home course is Royal Birkdale, another championship links, made a hole-in-one at the ninth using an 8-iron.

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
Minjee Lee
-7
65
2
Mamiko Higa
-6
66
T3
Pornanong Phatlum
-5
67
T3
Mi Hyang Lee
-5
67
T3
Teresa Lu
-5
67
T3
Sung Hyun Park
-5
67
T3
Georgia Hall
-5
67
T8
Mina Harigae
-4
68
T8
Lydia Ko
-4
68
T8
Sandra Gal
-4
68
T11
Madelene Sagstrom
-3
69
T11
Lydia Hall
-3
69
T11
So Yeon Ryu
-3
69
T11
Carlota Ciganda
-3
69
T11
Florentyna Parker
-3
69
T11
Yu Liu
-3
69
T11
Moriya Jutanugarn
-3
69
T11
Brooke M. Henderson
-3
69
T11
Angel Yin
-3
69
T20
Mi Jung Hur
-2
70
T20
Wichanee Meechai
-2
70
T20
In-Kyung Kim
-2
70
T20
Brittany Altomare
-2
70
T20
Hyejin Choi
-2
70
T20
Cloe Frankish
-2
70
T20
Celine Herbin
-2
70
T20
Bronte Law
-2
70
T28
Jennifer Song
-1
71
T28
Annie Park
-1
71
T28
Nelly Korda
-1
71
T28
Charley Hull
-1
71
T28
Catriona Matthew
-1
71
T28
Ariya Jutanugarn
-1
71
T28
Camilla Lennarth
-1
71
T28
Phoebe Yao
-1
71
T28
Ally McDonald
-1
71
T28
Sei Young Kim
-1
71
T28
Marina Alex
-1
71
T28
Lizette Salas
-1
71
T28
Pernilla Lindberg
-1
71
T28
Shanshan Feng
-1
71
T28
Jessica Korda
-1
71
T28
Angela Stanford
-1
71
T28
Tiffany Joh
-1
71
T45
Karolin Lampert
E
72
T45
Amy Olson
E
72
T45
Rebecca Artis
E
72
T45
Hyo Joo Kim
E
72
T45
Jane Park
E
72
T45
Ryann O'Toole
E
72
T45
Cristie Kerr
E
72
T45
In Gee Chun
E
72
T45
Julia Engstrom
E
72
T45
Haeji Kang
E
72
T45
Thidapa Suwannapura
E
72
T45
Jenny Shin
E
72
T45
Amy Yang
E
72
T45
Emma Talley
E
72
T45
Anna Nordqvist
E
72
T45
Aditi Ashok
E
72
T61
Megan Khang
1
73
T61
Robynn Ree
1
73
T61
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras
1
73
T61
Ludovica Farina (a)
1
73
T61
Mariajo Uribe
1
73
T61
Silvia Banon
1
73
T61
Wei-Ling Hsu
1
73
T61
Noemi Jimenez Martin
1
73
T61
Caroline Hedwall
1
73
T61
Laura Davies
1
73
T61
Mo Martin
1
73
T61
Eri Okayama
1
73
T61
Meghan MacLaren
1
73
T61
Jenny Haglund
1
73
T61
Kanyalak Preedasuttijit
1
73
T61
Caroline Inglis
1
73
T61
Valdis Jonsdottir
1
73
T61
Jeong Eun Lee
1
73
T61
Astrid de Pradenne
1
73
T61
Su Oh
1
73
T61
Christine Wolf
1
73
T61
Atthaya Thitikul (a)
1
73
T83
Olivia Cowan
2
74
T83
Laetitia Beck
2
74
T83
Sarah Kemp
2
74
T83
Nuria Iturrios
2
74
T83
Jaye Marie Green
2
74
T83
Lynn Carlsson
2
74
T83
Brittany Marchand
2
74
T83
Daniela Darquea
2
74
T83
Ursula Wikstrom
2
74
T83
Jacqui Concolino
2
74
T83
Xiyu Lin
2
74
T83
Casey Danielson
2
74
T83
Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong
2
74
T83
Sun-Ju Ahn
2
74
T83
Brittany Lincicome
2
74
T83
Danielle Kang
2
74
T83
Ashleigh Buhai
2
74
T83
Eun-Hee Ji
2
74
T83
Katie Burnett
2
74
T102
Katherine Kirk
3
75
T102
Lindy Duncan
3
75
T102
Brittany Lang
3
75
T102
Misuzu Narita
3
75
T102
Yani Tseng
3
75
T102
Caroline Masson
3
75
T102
Cheyenne Woods
3
75
T102
Mel Reid
3
75
T102
Nasa Hataoka
3
75
T102
Hannah Green
3
75
T102
Chella Choi
3
75
T113
Rachael Goodall
4
76
T113
Anne Van Dam
4
76
T113
Jin Young Ko
4
76
T113
Klara Spilkova
4
76
T113
Holly Clyburn
4
76
T113
Mariah Stackhouse
4
76
T113
Hee Young Park
4
76
T113
Frida Kinhult (a)
4
76
T113
Tonje Daffinrud
4
76
T113
Ayako Uehara
4
76
T113
Inbee Park
4
76
T124
Sarah Jane Smith
5
77
T124
Kris Tamulis
5
77
T124
Leonie Harm (a)
5
77
T124
Austin Ernst
5
77
T124
Mirim Lee
5
77
T124
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
5
77
T124
Sakura Yokomine
5
77
T124
Azahara Munoz
5
77
T124
Karrie Webb
5
77
T133
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
6
78
T133
Nicole Broch Larsen
6
78
T133
Linn Grant (a)
6
78
T133
Marianne Skarpnord
6
78
T133
Kylie Henry
6
78
T138
Lee-Anne Pace
7
79
T138
Inci Mehmet
7
79
T140
Hollie Muse (a)
8
80
T140
Agathe Laisne (a)
8
80
142
Celine Boutier
9
81
143
Sideri Vanova
15
87
WD
Michelle Wie
Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
Minjee Lee
-7
65
2
Mamiko Higa
-6
66
T3
Pornanong Phatlum
-5
67
T3
Mi Hyang Lee
-5
67
T3
Teresa Lu
-5
67
T3
Sung Hyun Park
-5
67
T3
Georgia Hall
-5
67
T8
Mina Harigae
-4
68
T8
Lydia Ko
-4
68
T8
Sandra Gal
-4
68
T11
Madelene Sagstrom
-3
69
T11
Lydia Hall
-3
69
T11
So Yeon Ryu
-3
69
T11
Carlota Ciganda
-3
69
T11
Florentyna Parker
-3
69
T11
Yu Liu
-3
69
T11
Moriya Jutanugarn
-3
69
T11
Brooke M. Henderson
-3
69
T11
Angel Yin
-3
69
T20
Mi Jung Hur
-2
70
T20
Wichanee Meechai
-2
70
T20
In-Kyung Kim
-2
70
T20
Brittany Altomare
-2
70
T20
Hyejin Choi
-2
70
T20
Cloe Frankish
-2
70
T20
Celine Herbin
-2
70
T20
Bronte Law
-2
70
T28
Jennifer Song
-1
71
T28
Annie Park
-1
71
T28
Nelly Korda
-1
71
T28
Charley Hull
-1
71
T28
Catriona Matthew
-1
71
T28
Ariya Jutanugarn
-1
71
T28
Camilla Lennarth
-1
71
T28
Phoebe Yao
-1
71
T28
Ally McDonald
-1
71
T28
Sei Young Kim
-1
71
T28
Marina Alex
-1
71
T28
Lizette Salas
-1
71
T28
Pernilla Lindberg
-1
71
T28
Shanshan Feng
-1
71
T28
Jessica Korda
-1
71
T28
Angela Stanford
-1
71
T28
Tiffany Joh
-1
71
T45
Karolin Lampert
E
72
T45
Amy Olson
E
72
T45
Rebecca Artis
E
72
T45
Hyo Joo Kim
E
72
T45
Jane Park
E
72
T45
Ryann O'Toole
E
72
T45
Cristie Kerr
E
72
T45
In Gee Chun
E
72
T45
Julia Engstrom
E
72
T45
Haeji Kang
E
72
T45
Thidapa Suwannapura
E
72
T45
Jenny Shin
E
72
T45
Amy Yang
E
72
T45
Emma Talley
E
72
T45
Anna Nordqvist
E
72
T45
Aditi Ashok
E
72
T61
Megan Khang
1
73
T61
Robynn Ree
1
73
T61
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras
1
73
T61
Ludovica Farina (a)
1
73
T61
Mariajo Uribe
1
73
T61
Silvia Banon
1
73
T61
Wei-Ling Hsu
1
73
T61
Noemi Jimenez Martin
1
73
T61
Caroline Hedwall
1
73
T61
Laura Davies
1
73
T61
Mo Martin
1
73
T61
Eri Okayama
1
73
T61
Meghan MacLaren
1
73
T61
Jenny Haglund
1
73
T61
Kanyalak Preedasuttijit
1
73
T61
Caroline Inglis
1
73
T61
Valdis Jonsdottir
1
73
T61
Jeong Eun Lee
1
73
T61
Astrid de Pradenne
1
73
T61
Su Oh
1
73
T61
Christine Wolf
1
73
T61
Atthaya Thitikul (a)
1
73
T83
Olivia Cowan
2
74
T83
Laetitia Beck
2
74
T83
Sarah Kemp
2
74
T83
Nuria Iturrios
2
74
T83
Jaye Marie Green
2
74
T83
Lynn Carlsson
2
74
T83
Brittany Marchand
2
74
T83
Daniela Darquea
2
74
T83
Ursula Wikstrom
2
74
T83
Jacqui Concolino
2
74
T83
Xiyu Lin
2
74
T83
Casey Danielson
2
74
T83
Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong
2
74
T83
Sun-Ju Ahn
2
74
T83
Brittany Lincicome
2
74
T83
Danielle Kang
2
74
T83
Ashleigh Buhai
2
74
T83
Eun-Hee Ji
2
74
T83
Katie Burnett
2
74
T102
Katherine Kirk
3
75
T102
Lindy Duncan
3
75
T102
Brittany Lang
3
75
T102
Misuzu Narita
3
75
T102
Yani Tseng
3
75
T102
Caroline Masson
3
75
T102
Cheyenne Woods
3
75
T102
Mel Reid
3
75
T102
Nasa Hataoka
3
75
T102
Hannah Green
3
75
T102
Chella Choi
3
75
T113
Rachael Goodall
4
76
T113
Anne Van Dam
4
76
T113
Jin Young Ko
4
76
T113
Klara Spilkova
4
76
T113
Holly Clyburn
4
76
T113
Mariah Stackhouse
4
76
T113
Hee Young Park
4
76
T113
Frida Kinhult (a)
4
76
T113
Tonje Daffinrud
4
76
T113
Ayako Uehara
4
76
T113
Inbee Park
4
76
T124
Sarah Jane Smith
5
77
T124
Kris Tamulis
5
77
T124
Leonie Harm (a)
5
77
T124
Austin Ernst
5
77
T124
Mirim Lee
5
77
T124
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
5
77
T124
Sakura Yokomine
5
77
T124
Azahara Munoz
5
77
T124
Karrie Webb
5
77
T133
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
6
78
T133
Nicole Broch Larsen
6
78
T133
Linn Grant (a)
6
78
T133
Marianne Skarpnord
6
78
T133
Kylie Henry
6
78
T138
Lee-Anne Pace
7
79
T138
Inci Mehmet
7
79
T140
Hollie Muse (a)
8
80
T140
Agathe Laisne (a)
8
80
142
Celine Boutier
9
81
143
Sideri Vanova
15
87
WD
Michelle Wie