Michelle Wie storms into Women's British Open first-round lead

Michelle Wie storms into Women's British Open first-round lead

Michelle Wie storms into Women's British Open first-round lead

While establishing the women's course mark, Wie took a one-stroke lead over In-Kyung Kim of South Korea and a two-shot lead over Lindy Duncan.

Alongside her is Thailand's Moriya Jutanugarn, who is seeking to complete a family defense of the title.

The powerful youngster didn't use the golfer's biggest weapon a year ago and she said: "This time it will also stay in the locker".

"It's getting better, but I've now got a bad cold", she said, coughing and spluttering.

A two-time victor on the L.P.G.A. Tour over the last two months, Kim dropped only one shot in some of the worst conditions at Kingsbarns Links and reached the halfway point at 11-under 133.

A birdie putt of 15 feet on the fourth got her off and running and, having reached the turn in two-under, Wie really upped the ante on the inward half. "But everyone else understands I'm sick, so no one really wants to be surrounded by me". Course: Kingsbarns Golf Club.

Wimborne-based Hall made a flying start to her second round by carding four birdies on the trot from the second to the fifth on her way to shooting a stunning five-under-par 67 at Kingsbarns. But I'm putting my 3-iron in the bag this week, just in case it gets windy. "The nerves got to me on the first tee for sure, but I was able to stay composed".

"I actually hit it the same throughout both nines", she confirmed. "I feel he's a performance coach, I feel he's a Tour coach, and I feel that doing what he's doing right now, he's not getting the most out of his potential". I was disappointed at myself after 2012 when I made the mistake. "My sister took me round the 17th and 18th at the Old Course".

Irish woman Leona Maguire, the World No.1 amateur, performed admirably as the Duke University student filed an opening 69, three under par, to lie five shots off the lead.

At four-over par, defending champion Ariya Jutanugarn missed the cut in her third consecutive major championship, due in large part to a second round 77 that included a nine at the par 3, 12th hole.

World No. 2 Lexi Thompson was the third member of that marquee group and the best-placed after a birdie at the last sealed a 67.

Sally Watson, the only Scot left in the tournament, dropped three shots for a round of 75 to finish level par.

"The greens were much quicker today, which was a big help for me because the last couple of days, I couldn't get balls to the hole and it was playing very, very slow", Park explained.

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