Round one of the Women’s British Open has concluded at Royal Birkdale, and we currently have two players sitting atop the leaderboard. Yani Tseng and Katherine Hull both shot rounds of 68 to stand at 4-under par for the championship, while four players are one shot behind them at 3-under through one round of golf at the LPGA’s final major of the season.
For golf fans that haven’t watched the British Open in the past (men’s or women’s), you’ll probably immediately notice the scoring. 4-under par is actually pretty low for a round at the British Open, since the weather usually plays a large factor in keeping scores high for most of the tournament.
Luckily for the ladies today though, the weather wasn’t much of an issue, as we didn’t really see constant high winds or anything like that which would have made it tough to see a lot of under par scores. Instead, we saw 15 players shoot under par in the first round, which will certainly make things a lot more interesting for those who had to settle for over par scores. It sounds like the weather could be tricky for the rest of the tournament, with rain in the forecast for the area the next few days.
Tseng and Hull took advantage of this early weather surprise, and both played very well down the stretch. Tseng birdied 17 and then made an eagle on 18 to put her into the lead by herself for a while. Then Hull decided to have a little fun on final hole herself, as she also managed to pick up an eagle on the par 5, thus leaving these two at the top heading into the second round tomorrow.
Anne-Lise Caudal, Amy Yang, Brittany Lincicome, and Sun Young Yoo are the four that are one-shot behind after they all fired rounds of 69 for the day.
Michelle Wie is also in the mix after shooting 70 to sit at 2-under for the tournament, as she finished her day out like Tseng, with birdie on 17 and eagle on 18. It’s certainly good to see Wie in the mix early on, as I think this start will allow her to play with more confidence tomorrow, and if she can handle the conditions, she’ll likely be in contention heading into the weekend.
Jiyai Shin, who won at Evian last week, isn’t too far behind either, as she is 1-under through the first round. Hall-of-Famer Juli Inkster also shot a 71 on the day.
And as for where my pick for the week stands right now, well, Na Yeon Choi couldn’t really take advantage of the conditions and struggled to a 2-over 74 on the day. She just didn’t play well early and picked up four bogeys through the first six holes, and could never make up much ground after that. So that Sunday showdown that I predicted between her and Paula Creamer (also at +2) isn’t looking too good right now.
Those are just a few of the notables, but you can check out the full leaderboard over at LPGA.com to see all the scores for the first round of action.
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