Wie sets course record at Women's British Open; Miyazato eight shots back

Saturday, 05 Aug, 2017

Two of those wins have come this year in the Shoprite Classic and last month's Marathon Classic.

American Lexi Thompson, the world number two, and England's Georgia Hall both hit career-best birdie streaks in hard conditions at Kingsbarns to share second place on nine under.

Kim displayed a remarkable fortitude in weather that veered erratically toward the end of the day between bright sunshine and torrential downpours.

The 21-year-old from Thailand won the major title by three shots over the tree-lined Woburn course - and she knows she faces a vastly different challenge at the wind swept Scottish links. She then watched as actual storms delayed play twice and slowed the field in pursuit of her, only In-Kyung (IK) Kim getting to within a shot.

"I haven't really thought about tomorrow yet, but I'll look at what I did (today) and maybe I can make some kind of plan". "I'm literally just going to go out this weekend and play really aggressive and try and get this putter hot and see what we can do". Historically I have never played well on links courses.

Georgia Hall and world number two Lexi Thompson shot 67 and 68 respectively to share second on nine under, with Ally McDonald (68) one further back.

"Many people label golf old-fashioned and we need to move away from that", she told the BBC.

Asked if she was fully fit, she retorted: "I'm not going to answer that". That was fair enough, if grammatically flawed.

The diminutive pro is a five-time LPGA victor. "I would have taken that at the start but maybe not after nine holes, when I was three-under", said the Dunblane woman, who is based these days in Portugal. "It was very rewarding and all season I've been very consistent in my shot-making". Going in, they were going right at the flag, but they both got bounces that went sideways. "Which I did. And I managed to hole a couple of good putts on the back nine".

"I get to hit a good amount of drivers which is nice".

Since March, Thompson has employed Scottish caddie Kevin McAlpine.

"He keeps me relaxed, but at the same time he's out there doing my numbers, reading my putts with me, basically doing everything", Thompson said. I missed three or four within 4ft that put me at five-under compared to leading the tournament. "And he knows the greens like the back of his hand, as well". A lot will depend on the conditions.

Barracuda Championship: John Huh made his eighth birdie on his final hole to finish with 15 points and take the first-round lead.