Lincicome sets the pace at British Open

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland — Brittany Lincicome shot a 5-under 67 to take the early clubhouse lead in the first round of the Women’s British Open on Thursday.

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Published: Thu 28 Jul 2011, 7:48 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 7:36 PM

Five birdies and an eagle propelled the American to the top of the early leaderboard, despite picking up a couple of bogeys along the way.

“I didn’t take advantage of some chances on the front nine, but then really got going from the 12th,” she said. “This is a great golf course and it seems top suit my game really well so I’m looking forward to the next three days.”

Lincicome birdied the 2nd when she hit a gap-wedge to 15 feet and holed it. She dropped a shot at the long 6th when her drive was just an inch in bounds and she had to take a drop, before hitting her third into a greenside bunker and failing to get up and down.

She birdied the short 8th by holing from 40 feet just off the green, but then bogeyed the 10th.

The fireworks started with consecutive birdies at 12 and 13 before Lincicome hit a long drive on 14 and followed up with a 6-iron to 10 feet and holed that for an eagle before birdying the long 17th.

Fellow American Kristy McPherson got off to a flying start when she moved to 5-under within the first six holes.

McPherson birdied the 2nd, 4th and 5th holes before adding an eagle at the par-5 6th, and then parred the last three to be out in 31.

Compatriot Angela Stanford leapfrogged three players on 69 to take over the early lead with a 68. She picked up four birdies in the first seven holes, dropped a shot at the 9th, and then had three more birdies and two bogeys on the way home.

Sweden’s Caroline Hedwall hit the first tee shot of the day and then proceeded to card a 69, matched within the hour by Japan’s Momoko Ueda, then later by South Korea’s Na Yeon Choi.

The 22-year-old Hedwall, twice a winner on the European Tour this season and lying third in the tour rankings, dropped shots at 3 and 8 on the way out but picked up three birdies. She got to 2-under at the 10th, only to drop shots at 12 and 13 to go back to level. She finished with a flourish, however, with birdies at 14, 15 and 17.

Last year’s winner of the Evian Masters, Ai Miyazato, had a disastrous start by bogeying the first five holes on her way to a 76, while three-time former champion, American Sherri Steinhauer slumped to a 78.

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