Korean Lee on top after sizzling 62 at Women's British Open

Thu Jul 28, 2016 3:39pm EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

WOBURN, England (Reuters) - South Korean Lee Mi-rim has developed a penchant for low scoring and she continued the trend with a sizzling 10-under-par 62 in the opening round of the Ricoh Women's British Open on Thursday.

The 25-year-old came charging out of the blocks in the fourth and penultimate women's major of the season, birdying three of the first four holes.

Lee then produced a spectacular sequence of five straight birdies from the seventh before putting the seal on a dynamic display by picking up further strokes at the 14th and 17th.

Asked if it was the finest round of her career, she told reporters: "I would say it's one of the best.

"All the holes I played really well... on the fairway, on the green, similar distance of putts, it was all-round good," added Lee after tying the Women's British Open record 62 carded by Finn Minea Blomqvist at Sunningdale in 2004.

The twice LPGA Tour winner also fired a 62 at an event in Taiwan two years ago and broke the tournament record with an 11-under 61 at Qualifying School in 2013.

Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn was in second place on Thursday after collecting seven birdies in a 65, one ahead of Shanshan Feng of China.

World number one Lydia Ko, bidding to land her third major victory after winning the ANA Inspiration in California in March and last year's Evian Championship in France, struggled to a 74.   Continued...

Britain Golf - RICOH Women's British Open 2016 - Woburn Golf & Country Club, England - 28/7/16
South Korea's Mirim Lee plays off the 18th tee during the first round
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