Michelle Wie set a brisk 1st round pace at the Ricoh Women’s British Open with Lexi Thompson closing in at the last.
The Ricoh Women’s British Open first round survived two rain delays. Michelle Wie, who went out early and was the beneficiary of the better morning conditions at Kingsbarns, set a brisk pace for the following field.
Wie, paired with Brooke Henderson and Lydia Ko, stumbled at the par-5 2nd but quickly recovered her game and quickly established a fine rapport with the golf course. Playing a game that her fans love to see, Wie hit 13 of 14 fairways, made 17 of the 18 greens in regulation and seemed right at home on those big, undulating Kingsbarns greens, needing a scant 27 putts to complete her round.
Wie signed for a 64 and was in the house at 8-under par while most of the field continued to battle the golf course and the elements. Beth Ann Nichols tweeted out Wie’s clubhouse lead euphorically.
With one more bogey and two less birdies than Wie, Lexi Thompson endured two rain delays and signed for a 67. Her 32 putts to Wie’s 27 marked the only difference in their games.
That may level out with the Friday tee times reversed.
Thompson, playing with Ariya Jutanugarn and So Yeon Ryu, goes off at 7:36am local time while Wie will wait until 12:16pm and risk the threatening afternoon rain disruptions.
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If you’re stuck on the wrong side of the Atlantic, Golf Channel begins 2nd round coverage of the Ricoh Women’s British Open at 6am ET on Friday, August 4.