Mirim Lee Opens With 62 at British Open
The Women’s British Open began on Thursday in Milton Keynes, England with excellent scoring, as 45 players broke par. Lydia Ko and Brooke Henderson, the top two players in the world, struggled. Henderson’s one-under par would be decent on most days, but found herself in a tie for 30th. Ko failed to get it going at any point in the round and finished with back-to-back bogeys for an opening round of 74, tied for 90th. All players are chasing Mirim Lee, who had the first round lead in the US Open before stumbling. Lee bolted to the top with a 10-under par round of 62.
Lee got off to a fast start with birdies on the first and second. Following three pars and another birdies over the next four holes, Lee went on a run. She ran off a string of five consecutive birdies and was eight-under par through 11 holes. After a relatively quiet two-under par the rest of the way, Lee finished with an extremely impressive round of 62.
Ariya Jutanugarn was rock solid all day long as well, with six birdies over the first 11 holes. She finished with a 65 and is only three shots back. Shanshan Feng, the 13th ranked player in the world, is four shots back. Stacy Lews, who has finished in the top ten in her last three events, is tied with MiHyang Lee at five under par.
A group of five players sit six shots out of the lead and a group of 12, including Brttany Lang, Karrie Webb, Charlie Hull, Mika Miyazato and Yani Tseng are seven shots back.
Notables sitting at ten shots back and need a very good round to play on the weekend include Lexi Thompson, Cristie Kerr, Brittany Lang, Anna Nordqvist and Haru Nomura and In Gee Chun.
Prominent US players in serious danger of missing the cut are Jessica Korda (plus three), Michelle Wie and Paula Creamer (plus four) and Morgan Pressel (plus five).
Round two airs on the Golf Channel from 4:30 to 7:30 am and 9:00 to noon eastern time.