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Hello. We are back at Woburn Golf Club in Bedfordshire and it feels a
bit like we've come home. This may be the 40th anniversary of the Ricoh
Women's British Open Championship but this place on one of its three
places, the Duke's course was so influential on helping to grow this
great Championship in its early years. Thoughtfully nine years in
the 80s and 90s this place was hugely influential and attracted an
evermore international field and producing some wonderful champions,
the likes of America's Patty Sheehan, Swedes Helen Alfredsson and
a feisty fiery Australian Karrie Webb, who won the first of her three
British Open titles right here two decades ago. She, of course, has
gone on to become one of the true greats of the winning's game. So,
Woburn was in effect the launch pad for her career, as indeed it has
been for this great event. Because, it was given major status in 2001,
and has since travelled around the country to some of the most storeyed
courses. The likes of St Andrews and Turnberry, Carnoustie and Royal
Birkdale. And now, after 17 years, we are back. Only this time, we are
going to tackle the newest of Woburn's three courses, the Marquess
Course offer what is the fourth of the world's top 50
players, although our defending champion Inbee Park, is sadly not
amongst them. After completing the career Grand Slam at Turnberry last
year, the South Korean has been troubled by a hand injury for most
of this season and will instead be at a tempting to be ready for the
real Olympics in a couple of weeks' time. So without Inbee the focus of
attention is on golf's new generation. Youth is trending in
women's golf and how. The world number one Lydia Ko is only 19 years
old. The latest teenage major sensation Brooke Henderson of Canada
is only 18, and Brittany Lang, the newly crowned US Open champion is a
relatively ancient 30 years of age. But there is one young woman in this
field who perhaps knows this layout and this place better than anyone. A
lot of attention this week on Woburn's own Charley Hull.
I do feel a lot of pressure, but at the end of the day it's something
you've got to deal with. So, tell us about your so far. You
had a great finish. Does that give you the confidence in Majors to
think you belong here, you can do this? It does, definitely. I've
actually played quite well in a couple of the other Majors,
especially that one, it gives me a good feeling and lets me know how to
do with the pressure coming down the stretch.
You know, I still wake up some mornings and can't believe I'm the
US Open women's champion. It's definitely something all Americans
dream of winning. I know not only Americans but it is a dream come
true to have my family there. It was so special and sometimes I can't
believe it, I have to see the pictures to believe it really
happened. It is a huge turning point in my career. I've always liked
Dunne lacked a bit of confidence and it gives me lots of confidence and I
just have to keep remembering it. Sometimes if you say, I want to win
ten tournaments this season, it can become, I'm realistic. If somebody
plays better it is out of my hands. I like to set minor goals and goals
that I can work on, and eventually because I'm better I've got more
chances of winning Championships. It's amazing here. The landscape is
so beautiful, the old buildings, the churches, the history, it's all
incredible and I love this golf course. It's a little bit more
traditional than growing up in Canada, it's like a lot of the
courses they there so I look forward to the week and having four solid
days. I've never really been a long hitter, I've always had the mindset
that when I do have an irony in my hand, try and go for it, take it as
an advantage -- iron in my hand. And take it from there. It's the club I
feel most comfortable with. The long game is my strength and the short
game I've been working on, so I have to make sure I hit lots of good
shots this week and get on a good place to give myself an opportunity
to hit it into the green. The greens can be tricky, early on you have to
hit some good iron shots and figure out the brakes because the greens
are undulating. Around the greens is where everybody will score, or not
score. Being a good pace putter, hitting it to the right spots, into
the bowls or the slopes to get it closest will be the key. These
greens are sneakily undulating. You can't really see them when you are
far away but when you are close up you are able to see the subtle
slopes. I feel like it breaks a bit more than what it looks like, so the
plotting is going to be the key for this week.
And, guess who is number one in the putting stats on the American Tour
right now? Lydia Ko, the world number one, and she leads the way in
so many respects in this game right now. Now, as you may know, South
Korean golfers have donated the rankings in the upper echelons of
those rankings for the last ten, 15 years, there are five in the top ten
and 30 in the top 50. Leading everyone and flying the flag for New
Zealand is Lydia Ko, the kiwi is the youngest man or woman ever to ascend
to the world number one spot and she is celebrating her 40th week there.
Another teenage phenomenon Brooke Henderson is hot on her heels after
landing the year's second major in Washington in June.
So, this year's conditions are a contrast to the links conditions and
wind and rain that these players experienced at Turnberry and other
causes over the last few years. It is parkland and heathland all the
way over the next four days as we bring you live coverage of this
great event. Let me show you who amongst Dunne where those first out
on the opening morning. Dame Laura Davies, with Norway's Suzann
Pettersen and her Solheim Cup partner Alison Lee. This is the
first time they played together since the controversial incident at
the Ryder Cup last year in Germany which has become a notorious talking
point in the history of the Europe versus America rivalry. Early start
for Canada's Brooke Henderson, making her second appearance in the
event, Anna Nordqvist and Spain's Azahara Munoz. Momoko Ueda for the
seventh time here from Japan, playing with former world number one
Stacy Lewis of America and one of the inform players of the year,
Harrier jet Anna Gunn of Thailand. She made the early running today.
She was already 3-under when she came to the ninth. This is the start
of a great run for the first Thai player ever to win on the LPGA Tour
earlier in the season. Good things come in threes for her right now.
This approach to the 10th enabled her to dive down to 5-under for
around. The 20-year-old won three titles in a row in Alabama, Virginia
and Michigan in May and June earlier this season. That was a stone dead
birdie on the making. And a third would follow in succession at the
11th. The world number six in enjoying a really dominant start to
her round. Just as she is enjoying a quite stunning breakthrough season.
So, it is Jutanugarn, her older sister is also in the field and this
is a look at things on a bright sunny morning 50 miles north of
London at Woburn on the opening day of the women's major Championship.
It is Ariya by a shot from Azahara Munoz and Beatriz Recari, the fellow
Spaniard, in the group on 4-under par. Sei Young Kim having a good
season and Stacy Lewis, a two-time major winner, and another major
winner, So Yeon Ryu, at 4-under as well. It is stacking up quite
nicely. The big names are congregating near the top and Ken
Brown is on the course and in the commentary box we have Andrew
Cotter, Rory Madel and Peter Alice watching it unfold.
COMMENTATOR: Thank you, Hazel, and welcome on this beautiful day to
Woburn Abbey and the Marquess Course. Many years ago the great
Henry Longhurst, who wrote for many years for the Sunday Times, used to
say aren't we lucky? Those of us involved in the game of golf, it
takes us to so many beautiful places. And by Jove he was right,
for this is absolutely magnificent. We're here for four days, and I'm
sure if the weather is kind you are going to enjoy it almost as much as
we are. Azahara Munoz has started with a lot of birdies. 5-under par,
no dropped shots so far today. Sit down, sit down. Speaking to it in
English but it is not obeying. Peter, this is a real feature of
this golf course, which you had more than a small hand in designing. The
greens tend to throw the ball off quite a lot, don't they? They do. It
was Clive Clark and myself. Clive Platt predominantly, who designed
this golf course. And it was an absolute jungle of rhododendrons and
ferns. Seeing him cutting his way through with a machete he found some
wonderful locations. It's a delightful course. Our first look at
Brooke Henderson, the world number two, young 18-year-old Canadian. The
first Canadian player to win a major since Mike Weir won the Masters in
2004. She doesn't usually hold back. Strong, strong swing there. She's
already annexed a major into her CV this year, beating Lydia Ko in a
play-off in the second major of the year. Women's golf is in fine shape.
Here's another young player, one of the Jutanugarn's, this is Ariya,
thankfully she prefers to be known as May. How about that. Into the
13th and that is setting up a really good birdie chance for her.
Recari at the 17th, the last of the short holes. Quite a big green, wide
and narrows. That is a nice, generous flag position today. In the
middle of the new Forest. Absolutely fabulous. Alison Lee, American
Solheim Cup player. There was a little bit of mischief making going
on, I think, in this grouping because it's Alison Lee, Suzann
Pettersen, remember they had a bit of a kerfuffle last year at the
Solheim Cup over whether it was a conceded putt. But they are old pals
again. Recari now, second shot, on the edge of the bunker. Stabs it out
and up. A number of good Spaniards in the field. We have Recari and
Munoz out early doors and Carlota Ciganda coming later. They are all
here with the coach. It must have been fun carving the holes out of
this dense terrain. Clive lost about four inches and three stone! Now,
from one Spaniard to another. We get a good view, she is walking quite
severely downhill here. The greens tend to be on quite a tilt. This
will be a fairly slow chip up the green. Just toppled over the back of
the green. On the bank. It is super loud. I can hear everything. The
days of chipping... Good job you can't see everything.
Interesting, you hardly ever see anyone chipping now with a 7-iron,
it's always a 9-iron or a wage. Interesting change of tactics.
Floaty one coming down the slope from there, Peter. It is pretty
quick if you get above the cup. Nicely played. -- 9-iron or a wedge.
Nice crisp sound there of the chip shot, the course is beautifully
prepared. Stacy Lewis at the 13th. She has allowed a lot of swing on
that. Round she comes. Round, just not quite high enough. Good effort.
Susan Simpson of the LG you was telling us earlier in the week that
the green speeds are running at 11 but with these severe slopes, when
you get a putt like that down the hill it is pretty slippery.
Sei Young Kim, now, one of the very long hitters on the women's Tour.
This is for birdie on 17. She has won twice already in
America. That one's tracking. Downhill, superfast, uphill, you
need a bit of hitting. Now, putt for a birdie. What about
this one, Ken? It's a bit from the right and a little bit slower than
you think. Striking pair of trousers on, aren't they? Recari for a par at
the 17th, in the bunker from the tee shot, and it may be... How could
that Miss? Dropped shot. Yes, and the par threes have not been kind to
her. That's her third dropped shot on the par-3s. Azahara Munoz. Saving
her par-3 on 14, very nice up and down. She keeps the momentum going,
remains at 5-under. And there is a look at the leaderboard. Aintree up
at the front on 6-under par closely followed by Munoz, and then you can
see how good the scoring is, a raft of fours and threes.
Stacy Lewis. Tee shot at the 14th. Across the valley, up the slope, it
kicks away a bit. Not pleased. I bet she can give you a nasty drive --
dry Burnham dot-mac The tee shot across the valley,
quite a long shot. Here is our leader.
The heart of the green, it has gone to the back of it, but OK.
Nordqvist, Anna Nordqvist. The runner-up in the US women's open.
Beaten in the play-off by Brittany Lang. She accidentally grounded her
club and had a two shot penalty. She's played really well this year.
Delightful looking back at the 15th, and on many of these holes you drive
across the little valley. This is a long snaking par-5 of a hole.
Heavily bunkered down here, you have to plot your way. You feel there is
a wee bit more room because the trees are slightly further apart
than they are on the front nine. But you can see the clever bunkering.
Here is a swing you will enjoy, Peter. It is aggressive. It is. It
is a good old welly. She looks like she can play. Quick -ish rhythm.
Boom. I love it. A good old spank. It is skippering away up the
fairway. Well done. -- skipping. Laura Davies, one of
the stalwarts of women's golf, Dame Laura. What a great character and
talent she has been in this game for, well, we won't say how many
years, it is not gallant. She is 1-over par. She still seems to enjoy
the game as much as ever. Perhaps not quite as much when you miss a
few of those dodgy putts. But from long range, here she goes. I say, I
say, Laura, Laura. Well, a little bit on the upslope
for Lewis at 14. She just has to be very careful she doesn't take it a
trifle heavy. Well. A tiny bit heavy. Pretty special that. Great
technique. Sei Young Kim. Putting together a
fine round. Well, that's outside the commentary
box. Fairly wide of the green. Henderson on the left, Munoz Anna
Nordqvist, three good drives. Ken. A lot of debating what to do. Munoz is
going to lay up, 296 yards left, 200 leaves 96 with the breeze in her
face. Will not reach the rather deep left traps. Good swing. Good hit.
Good position. Back to our leader on 14. Birdie
attempt here, rolling, undulating greens, they take a bit of reading.
A little bit of me left on the bone in her. -- on the bone there.
Henderson's second to the 15th. Well down the shaft. The shot is towards
the right-hand bunker. Swinging around a bit, chasing towards the
gap, that's OK, good position. This has certainly got her
attention. I don't think it's outside the hole.
Well, it was. It was a very good putt indeed. Good par saving 34
Jutanugarn. -- three, for Jutanugarn. Ideal playing
conditions, is it a little cool? It is warming up, the sun is coming
out, the sunshine is pleasant, libraries. Couldn't have been a
better layer for Munoz, 104 yards, the green holding. -- layup. Too
much zip on that. Aske Nordqvist to put the divot back in, will you,
Ken? Henderson is the third member of this party. What sort of shot is
it? 80, 90, 70? 75. A good lie. You have to pitch it up to the flag
otherwise it will come trickling back. It will have a little bit of
zip on it. She is thinking birdie. Gripping well down the club. That
could spin. Yes, it does, and stops. Well done, good shot, that's an
excellent result. Well, I really feel these players have to make the
most of good conditions. There is a little bit of rain forecast later in
the day. Up to the 18th for Kim. Third shot, four under. Chip and a
putt here would do her proud. This was the first group out this
morning. At the ungodly hour of 6:30am. Tennis players don't do
that, you know. Cricket players start at 10:30am, 11am, football is
even. But not golfers. Here is our Championship leader on 15 command
despite the length of the hole you can see she is going with a 3-wood.
Placement is everything. Great take away there. Classically
on plain, very strong in the lower body, look at the strength in the
legs. Good wind-up. With most of these modern players, no holding
back. I'm delighted to see the course in
such a wonderful condition. When the camera goes in tight on the green,
you can see the quality of the grass. Its magnificent. From below
the cup this will be one of the slower putts she's had today. She's
holed a couple of nice ones on the back nine to save pars. This is for
a birdie. Good effort.
The final green for Sei Young Kim, final shot, we hope. No, up out of
it. That's annoying, but it's a 69. A couple of dropped shots in there,
but very fine play. The world number five well up on top of the
leaderboard. Might have learned a little bit from
her playing partner. Nordqvist. There is a nice crowd out here,
lovely day for watching golf. Woburn has always been a good place for
spectators and I'm sure they will role in in their thousands over the
weekend. Brooke having a glimpse of this one. She will have learned a
little bit from her playing partners. It's not particularly
fast, it has a little bit of left to right movement. Imagine, 18 years of
age, ranked number two in the world behind Lydia Ko. Pretty impressive
for a short pro career. Lydia Ko is only 19, not even 20. Young
superstars. It is great to see. Just got to keep the pace on this one,
otherwise it will duck to the right. Beatriz Recari. Well played. Really
nice round by the 20-year-old Spaniard.
Laura Davies, another longish putt. Here she is, 2-over par, at the
17th. The last of the short holes. Left she comes, left she comes, and
Well done, Laura, back to 1-over. With Jutanugarn out in front, a
couple of chances of birdies coming in. But there you can see Beatriz
Recari, Sei Young Kim, first in posting scores of 69.
Nordqvist on the 16th. One under par. Don't go over there too far.
She's safe. Anxious moments. 5-under par. A beauty. Side by side.
Henderson safely on the fairway. One of the things I noticed when I walk
the course is there are a lot of holes in the front nine where from
the tee you consider green, but these final holes, you see what is
in front of you, it is scary sometimes. The fairway is generous,
though, there's no crimping on the fairway. You will notice the women
gripped down the shaft abets, whether they feel it gives them a
little bit stronger grip, better leveraged. This is Stacey, Stacy
Lewis. She's had a wonderful career. Still going strong.
AJ, 282 out of reach, must be out of reach. She doesn't hold back,
though, my God, is a big gap the left, is it OK? Through the gap and
nearly on the green, the nearest we've seen today.
Yes, lovely to see people out in shirt sleeves, the opening
Championship is a great Championship, on the last day,
everyone with anoraks and dark clothing, lovely to see
short-sleeved order and lovely to see this, a shot like that blasted
away, good balance. Perfect position for a chip and a putt and a birdie.
Anna Nordqvist, the rough is very light. She's got to get over the
little tree in front, keep it under the bow of the larger oak tree,
which shouldn't be difficult, it's a natural trajectory that any club she
fancies. Would favour a bit right of the flag. Oh, my. That wasn't a very
good, well directed shot, it kicked back into the bunker, may be OK,
maybe we'll either a simple shot. The lie looked good, the shot didn't
look all that difficult, she could get the four. You think she will
head the drop, but she is accurate, perfect shot, 137 yards. The breeze
is slightly against her. Get up. It has done very well indeed, wasn't
the crispest of strikes, but it has got the job done, got a good look at
birdie. Now, Henderson. A nice lie, one or two balls picking up the mud.
Setting up the drawer shot. Lewis's approach into 15. Oh,
excellent shot. Excellent shot indeed by Stacy Lewis. A little
frustrated these days because it is over two years since she has won a
golf tournament, believe it or not. Everything beautifully presented by
Ricoh, since they came into golf, anything oozes class. On a setting
such as this, it all marries in so perfectly. It really is a delight to
come to a tournament like this and see something different. First
round, good so far, early of course, although play started at 6:30am, it
is getting towards 11:30am, so they've been out there for five
hours. The weather forecast is maybe a little bit Shari this afternoon.
There is a better breeze, a bit of wind -- showery. Ideal conditions. A
good score of players in red numbers already. I think a lot of these
players who are coming over to play in a British Open for the first time
were pleasantly surprised to find a course that does much more, it that
I'd better. Van links courses? Yes, van links courses. -- than. I think
the links courses can be too severe. There is our leader, and what a nice
little pitch she played there. Two cracking shots on a good pitch. She
is 6-under par at the moment, leading by one. Quite a fanciable
putt this one uphill, gradually from left to right. Not particularly
quick, this will be a good birdie. Oh, unlucky, what a beautiful
strike. For one so young, she plays
remarkably well, started young, liked the game, enjoyed practising,
a joy to see, Kent. It is lovely to see youth out watching, plenty of
youngsters. It is a fabulous game, there's no doubt about it. This to
join the leader. That turned a lot. It did, it looked pretty good when
it was a few feet short and then really turned very quickly.
And this for birdie. The putting has been the bedrock of Anna Nordqvist's
game for a number of years now. I'm sure she'll be looking forward to
the Olympics. She can't wait, she so excited for it. A lot of the players
are just receiving their kit, makes it a reality. Right age, or just
outside if you are going to dribble it. Good read, Ken. Our leader
pounds one end, another birdie, 7-under. Look at that for a card,
not one drop shot, seven birdies, two shots clear of the field, four
holes to play... Three holes to play, in fact.
Well, after that the light delightful third shot from Lewis,
Bishop be a formality but -- surely this should be a formality. She has
got the first time. Never looked comfortable. No, didn't. If you're
going to hit them that firmly on fast greens, you need to keep it
within the confines of the hole. Here is Katrina Matthews, the pride
of Scotland and Britain, birdie hole, a long way away, but this
doesn't look too bad. What an effort. Well done. Remarkable lady.
She's at the Olympics. She's perked up in the last six
holes, just one drop shot and then bingo, came to live, came alive,
Laura finishing off here at the 18th.
Laura has never had great success on the courses here at Woburn.
APPLAUSE 74. Well, disappointing par-4 Lewis
there are three beautiful third shot. It can only be put down to
lack of concentration. But it is a tidy looking card, nonetheless. I do
like watching this swing, it's brisk, it's a good one goal, it
looks like somebody who's going to give the ball a good tonk. She has
good firm hand on the shaft, quick river, zips it through the ball,
head still. Henderson of Canada, nips one away, just do the right of
the flag. Nicely done. Sweet shot. That is her sister on the bike, she
plays in the United States -- the bag. After much debate with the
caddy, she has decided on the club, she's playing 155.
Heart of the green, but you see the ball easing down on that steep
slope. Always tricky to really commit to your decision when it is
taking you so long to arrive at that decision. But Nordqvist little
brisket to the tee. She might be able to carry it, she's pushed it,
mind. A loose one, to loose ones in a row.
Back to our leader, Jutanugarn, trying to draw it to that fairway,
as she overcooked it eight had? -- a tad. Driving after the 16th, three
holes to negotiate, and Azahara Munoz, three tournaments on the
bounce, the first you have that in a road, as their initial success.
Great stuff from the tie and she is our two shot lead in the early
stages of the women's British Open at Woburn. Katrina Matthews knows
what it takes to win, she did in 2009 and also featuring in the early
part of our transmission. Some of the big names in women's golf are
mustering at the head, with many more to come. Stacy Lewis in debate
with her caddy. Just in the first cut, lose a bit of
control here. 2013 champion, coming into good form, three top tens,
seventh in the US Open, so hitting his stride. Can she control this?
This will run a bit when it lands. The price is paid for missing the
fairway off the tee. Yes, it is a slightly easier shot coming in from
the right-hand side on the 16th because you can come of the axis of
the green, but just missing the fairway cost her DV as we going to
Katrina Matthew -- cost her dearly. Asking the wind to hit it. That has
done well, that is quite a hefty finishing hole, 388 yards, par-4
year. On the top of the tee, there is a
slope and this is going downhill from where she is standing, so quite
a testing putt. It goes over the hill and turns to her left. Once it
gets over the hill, it is quite quick.
It is one of these putts you will be happy to take to from here. She is
taking a long time, went with the six eventually. Came up here, and
there is the slope Ken was talking about. Down it comes. No, something
still left for a par. Back to 16. Just coming out of the
semi-rough but she zips through the ball quickly, so she might get some
action on it. Oh, and that is hit down nicely.
Anna Nordqvist was in the sand. It was a loose tee shot, said this now
to save for par. Nearly, but a shot goes at a gentle
par-3, it was a wild two shot -- tee shot. A couple of bogeys it will be
in a row, after dropping a shot on the 16th as well. Unsettled by
something. Possibly two bogeys in a row.
And now over par for her round, losing a lot of ground. Henderson
has had a good luck while the others were putting, taken too much time,
they were putting the clock on the last hole. It is a little slippery
down there. It is interesting, the clock Court
of, that tee was slow, but also an eye on this pitch for Stacy Lewis.
You can hear the sound of it coming out of there.
Now Azahara Munoz trying to keep her card clear of bogeys. She got there
in the end. A player who thrives very much on confidence, tends to
get good streaks going. Good to see Yani Tseng featuring,
she's had a rough time in the last three years with form. But two shot
clear at the moment for the leader, it is a family business with her
sister, Maria, but their parents travelled with them and handle their
affairs, in charge, so the family trots around the globe with much
success on the golf course. Oh, great camera angle, showed you
how much swing there was on that putt, good pace from May, as she
likes to be called. Heading back to Thailand next week for a week off,
really looking forward to it. There is no spin initially, there you go,
and there it rolls, the idea is to get it rolling forward with topspin
as soon as possible. It lost its true line. Anyway...
Black magic. Stacy Lewis, a former world number one, she's coming back
into a bit of form. She's heading to the Olympics as well. There's only
one, of all the men who pulled out of the Olympics, only the South
African he was pulled out over fears of the virus, so the women seem more
robust than the men. Well, that is a great par. One bad
shot can always be repaired by one good putt. Part of the winning USA
team last week. Katrina Matthew, let's see if she can close with a
birdie. It's been a very good back nine.
It was cracked down there, it was trying for her, but a timid putt for
the 2009 champion, but fall birdies on her back nine. Back on the tee.
That is bound to be blocked out, there's a stand of oak trees down
there halfway down the right side. And I think she's going to be
tangling with them. So, Katrina Matthew to finish out. Lovely back
nine from Katrina Matthew. Out in 38, back in 32, four birdies, no
drop shot, after a round of 70, and nicely placed. A good look at the
17th. A fairly straightforward par 155 for the leader. All the way up
the back. Just pokes that in there. APPLAUSE
Get it all the way back at least, you can see the back level on the
pin there. Well, the three tee-shots straddling
the fairway, and Henderson has definitely got the best angle into
this flag. Just avoided the bunker, 158 yards. The flag is on the right
of the green, otherwise these horsemen at -- horse chestnut trees
would be in the way. Look how far down in the grip she goes. We can
see a few drops of rain, and just thereby Henderson. A beautiful shot,
again just loses a bit of control but birdie opportunity. There is
Brittany's sister on the back, Brooke, Brittany and brolly.
Nordqvist is nearer, she has got 139, she has made a little valley.
She can pitch at five or six yards short.
Great shot by Nordqvist. I walked up this hole with her and practice, and
she was dialled in then as she is today. This is a testing one. Can't
go over the oak, has to go and delivered, it will be a tricky one.
It has made live tricky for himself, you're better missing on the side of
the fairway -- like tricky for herself.
Looking down on the 17th tee, and Stacy Lewis... This rain has come
from nowhere. Looks to be lying, and good distance, what about this for a
shot from Stacy Lewis. That'll do nicely.
Super slow Mo rain, nothing quite like it. Look at the swing of Stacy
Lewis, high hands at the top. Suffered from back problems as a
youngster, perfect impact position. So Having to draw this on the 13th.
Oh, nasty bouncer there, could have carried another yard she wouldn't
have hit it on that slight slope. She has to watch it, because it gets
swept away, but that is OK. Having driven in to the right rough, it is
not too bad, it is lying OK. She just has to get it high in the air.
Could be dandy. Go on, down the slope. Merely very good. -- nearly.
Like Phil Mickelson and Paul Casey, graduate of the same college. Being
on the LPGA Tour for a few years. She is from Malaga, southern Spain
and she will go to the Olympics with Carlota Ciganda, the two Spanish
representatives. A little down the slope for Brooke Henderson. A little
from the right. Bit of moisture on the green. Is it going to run out?
It is trying. Go on, baby. Jutanugarn from the back of 17. Big
slope here now, moving the ball left to right. Good for pace.
Yani Tseng. Her caddy keeping player and ball dry. Until the very last
moment. There we go. Yani Tseng gets to three under par. With all the
problems she's had with her form, five Majors in three years she won
by the age of 22, 23. She's had real problems since.
Now, this would be one of the great escapes if Munoz can get away with a
four at 18. No. That's her first dropped shot of the day. It is a
very fine 68, full of good play. She has been coming into a bit of form,
and the confidence should be seeping back through her.
Jutanugarn, just to tap in for her par on the 17th. Confident strike.
She heads for the file hole still two shots clear.
-- final hole. Two shots clear of Surrey and who, but also perhaps two
shots clear of this young woman, this is for a lovely two on the
17th. Beautiful tee shot and Stacy Lewis rips the reward, moves to five
under par. Now, so you knew, 2011 US Open
champion. So a player with some degree of pedigree. It's not going
to make the crest of the hill. A little shower has slowed things up
fractionally. It's still Ariya Jutanugarn, the
youngest of the Jutanugarns sisters. Leading the way by two shots. Stacy
Lewis, the gritty Texan has had a bit of a drought in terms of
victories over the last couple of years. This is event numbers 56
without a win for a person in Stacy Lewis who love to win. Former world
number one, of course. There is Beth Allen leading the standings now on
the Ladies European Tour. The American leading the way and a good
season. Advocates Madsen, one of several very good games in the hunt
as well. Stacy Lewis on the 18th tee. -- Nanna Koerstz Madsen.
Ideally down the left half of the fairway. Further left than that. A
groan from Lewis. The tree is in the way. Tree's on the way indeed.
It's all about visualisation. See the shot you want to hit.
Now, back to this 407 yard par-4 13th. This is for a four, a bit of
the left. Hurry. Perfect, dead centre for So Yeon Ryu. That keeps
her at 5-under. Very tidy looking card. Just the one blemish on the
fourth. A look at the tee shots on the 18th of the group containing the
leader, Jutanugarn, Stacy Lewis command off to the left, might just
be a little blocked out by the trees. Jutanugarn in fine fettle. On
the right-hand side today, the pin. You want to be on the left-hand
side, it feeds down over the initial reached towards the hole. What do
you think? Just a few places left of the flag and let it come down? Yes
and it can't be much more than an 8-iron for her. The prevailing wind
is a westerly, so they are just checking out that it's coming into
them just a little bit on the left-hand side. So the terrain and
the breeze are possibly helpful for them here.
Just coming up a fraction short. And by her high standards, not good
enough. Stacy Lewis feared the worst on the
tee, she said she'd be blocked out by trees. But she might be able to
sneak it down to the opening of the green.
Sit, sit. Sitcom set. Doing a lot of talking, the ball is not listening.
That is a good result from there. -- sit, sit.
Sharon Woods on 17, Long Cross green putt. Come on, nearly as good as her
uncle, tipping in the last roll. I thought she was going to do a little
bit of her uncle Tiger on the 16th at Augusta back in 2005. She is the
niece of Tiger Woods. Tiger's half brother is her father. She's
beginning to make her own name on the Tour. She's a very talented
player. The world number six has got this putt for an opening round of
64. Quite a slow one up the hill. Aiming well left to allow for that
break. Fine effort, though. Well, it's been a very stress-free
round of golf for her, hasn't it? For Jutanugarn and Stacy Lewis, both
keeping bogeys off their card. Stacy Lewis sizing up her birdie putt now.
A little bit ragged off the tee, but managed to chase it out of the
rough, flirting with the trees down the left-hand side. This will go
down the slope. It is a quick putt. Again, though, the shower that has
come through in the last ten minutes, 15 minutes, might have
taken a little bit of the fire out of the greens. You can't afford to
be too bowled with this one, though. -- bold. That is something of a
miscalculation. Do you know, that was a very similar strike off the
blade to the very short one that she missed two or three holes ago. It
just seemed to decelerate slightly, flirted the Blade open and she sent
it right off the line that she intended to. If you get the wrong
side of one of these slopes it just looks even worse. That is not the
distance you want to leave yourself on the last. This could make or
break her mood for the afternoon. We talked about her coming back to
some form. She was the world number one back in 2013 and 2014. She's
just started to find a few results of late, a few top tens. This is to
close with a par to keep bogey off her card and for a round of 67.
Nicely done by Stacy Lewis. The 2013 win at St Andrews is off to a bright
start at the Marquess Course at Woburn.
And a small one for Jutanugarn to finish off. That's an opening round
of 65 for very much the form horse. And she sits atop the leaderboard at
this moment. So it is the 20-year-old from
Thailand, Jutanugarn, who leads, Ariya Jutanugarn and her sister
going well with 65, never finished better than tied 45th in two British
Women's Open events, so a flying start, two clear of the 2013
champion Stacy Lewis. So Yeon Ryu also out on the course at 5-under
par. So, Let's hear from the leaders with Hazel.
Ariya, super start at the Ricoh British Women's Open champion. Tell
me how much you like this course at Woburn. I think it suits my game, I
like the course so much. Wonderful season for you, not least
three wins in a row. Can you tell me why you have had so much success and
what has been the major spark in your career this season?
I think this year I have so much fun when I play golf and I really want
to have fun with every single round. Rain now I'm really happy, and I
just focused on what is under my control.
You came so close in the first major of the year and I wonder how much
momentum the ANA Inspiration has given you. I'm feeling really
confident after the ANA. You've made a really good start, well done.
Stacy Lewis, the winner of this Championship three years ago, how do
you assess your performance after this round?
It was good, I played a really solid round, I only had one putt for par
and I made it and playing with Ariya was a good motivation, she got off
to such a good start and she was making birdies and firing at flags
and she got me focused on making birdies to keep up. It helps to play
with her today within striking distance for the next few days. I
was going to say, it is a contrast to the conditions you won with at St
Andrews, the rough, the weather, all of these things. Do you prefer this
contrast, or is it something you have to get to grips with at the
British Open Championship? It just doesn't feel like a British
Open at all. It is more like I would say Canadian open than British Open.
It is just different, I prefer the links because I love links style
golf so I look forward to this Championship every year because of
the style of golf, but that's not to say you can't win on this too.
This is quite a summer for you, week eight of nine in a row on the
course. Next week there is the small matter of a
wedding for you and then you go on honeymoon to Rio.
You don't do things by halves, do you? No, it seemed a little better
when we planned it at the time. But it kind of is what it is and I know
next week I will not play much golf anyway so I was like let's just do
the wedding and getting Dunne it over with and do the honeymoon and
go to Rio, that's what I want to do, just go and enjoy Rio, I don't want
to stress about it, I just wanted to go and have fun. It's the most
unusual wedding preparations I've heard of the we wish you the best
for this week and next week, of course. Thank you. Yes, a winner's
cheque would help pay for the fee is. No doubt one of the favourites
for the title is local girl Charley Hull of Kettering. Charley Hull is
one of the latest starters in amongst some very big names in the
women's game. Her fellow Englishwoman Melissa Reid headed out
with the seven time major winner Karrie Webb and Asuka Kashiwabara of
Japan. The newly crowned open champ, Brittany Lang, and Charley Hull is
out at 11:50am with world number one Lydia Ko. Hull finished tied second
to the kiwi in the season's first major in California in April.
Charley Hull, who is from Kettering, knows that a lot is expected of her
this week. In fact, she's been giving a few tips to Naga Munchetty
around these parts. Jelinek I've been here since I was
nine years old. I play the Duke and Duchess. They are much tighter. I
have not played this one in years. It is a good golf course. It is fun.
Right, we are at the 12th, we're going to get going. You've brought
the wind with you. I haven't picked the best of days!
I'm seeing water, should I be scared? Let me try. That was better
than mine. Underworld's worst caddy. -- I'm the world's worst caddy.
Definitely going into the water. Tell me about Woburn and what it
means to you. It's my home course and I've been here since I was nine
years old. It's nice to be home. Does it feel like home? Yes. For the
open to be here it must be an advantage? Yes, I like the home
crowd. Do you feel you will have an advantage? Not necessarily an
advantage, it can be a disadvantage in some ways because of the pressure
but I just have to forget it. Is it stupid to ask if you are going for
the win? Of course I want to win on my home course, that would be
wicked. I'm going to hit a baby wedge. I would go and help you look
for it but... I don't want to get wet. Don't worry! So, you are one up
after one, I didn't give you the most difficult challenge on that
hole but we have a couple more to go. How are you looking forward to
the Olympics? I'm really looking forward to it, it's going to be a
lot of fun, it's going to be a great experience, especially in the
Olympic Village, it will be fun meeting athletes and go and watch
some other sports as well. And the idea of a Gold Medal is something
completely different, isn't it? That would be really cool, wicked,
amazing. To stand on the podium with a Gold Medal, can you imagine the
atmosphere? I think it would be brilliant. I don't want to think too
far ahead but the thought of it is exciting.
It is a fantastically exciting couple of weeks for women's golf,
Rio on the horizon, they play after the men in the second week of the
Olympics in Rio and Charley Hull will be accompanied by Katrina
Matthew in the women's event and the two of them could go very well, you
would imagine. There is a field of 60 in Rio and 41 players contending
for the Gold Medal in Rio are at Woburn this week so it is a stellar
field in preparation not just for that but of course for the great
title itself. And we saw the rain earlier with Charley Hull and Naga
Munchetty and the rain has been falling a little bit. It is pretty
gentle stuff and it's not cold so we are thankful for small mercies. We
were all in Troon where it was cold and wet for much of the time so it
is nothing really. This is the situation as we look down at the
midway point of the opening day of the Ricoh Women's British Open
Championship. It was Ariya Jutanugarn setting the pace and
Shanshan Feng has made inroads into the lead. She is 6-under through 12
holes. The woman who became the first Chinese player in history,
male or female, to win a major title, is very much in the hunt for
this one. Stacy Lewis, never to time major champion, some top names up
there. Also in contention, 5-under par. There is an yours, two-time
winner on the LPGA Tour. Ha Na Jang. And Sarah Jane Smith making inroads
too. Alena Sharp will accompany Brooke Henderson in the Canadian
team at Rio, the two of them representing and flying the Maple
Leaf in Brazil. Looking further down, Sei Young Kim going well.
Teresa Lu had a top ten finish at Turnberry last year. In-Kyung Kim is
in there at 3-under par. Maria Jutanugarn, our leader's older
sister by 18 months -- Moriya Jutanugarn. She's posted 69 today.
Karrie Webb, 3-under for the three-time winner of this great
event after 11 holes. Mirim Lee of Korea. Catriona Matthew. Minjee Lee
has pinched Karrie Webb's place for the Rio Olympics. Karrie Webb mental
Minjee Lee. She will take part for the Aussies in a few weeks' time.
Charley Hull featuring on the fourth page of the leaderboard in the big
group at 1-under par. Charley Hull was two under through three holes
and dropped one at the 8th, 1-under. So, off we go for the afternoon's
play. We see Emily Kristine Pedersen, last year's winner on the
LET. We have 38 players, indeed we have 43 players all under par right
now. So, let's get out onto the golf course, the beautiful Marquess
Course again and return you to the great company of Ken Brown, Andres
-- Andrew Cotter, Peter Alliss and Maureen Milind. COMMENTATOR: Isn't
that a grand view across the dip to the other side. Charley Hull not
quite in full flow, Maureen, but not doing too badly on the opening
round. No, and I'm sure she's glad to get underway because there is
lots of pressure for the home favourite. This is a beautiful golf
course. She has hit it down to the launch pad. The green is sitting way
below her. That plummets to Earth. The caddy's right, pretty good.
Looking into that green, it reminds me of the 3rd hole on the Dukes
course, the way the green sits below you and the beautiful backdrop. Yes,
well, everywhere you look here you get beautiful views, magnificent
trees, a mixture of fine trees, rhododendrons. It's a stunning bit
of ground. Welcome our first look at our world number one, Lydia Ko.
She's got an interesting swing, it's not for the purists, she has a
quirky bit on the back swing but the rhythm is good. She just gets the
job done. I hope she doesn't have too many lessons or try to change
too many things because Dominic and keep Donaghy keeps going the way she
is because she is doing quite nicely. Leave her alone. Making up
the trio is Linda Wessberg, the Swedish player. Currently eighth in
the Ladies European Tour Order of Merit. Lightly raced this year
because she became the man last year so a few other things on her mind.
-- she became a mum last year so a few other things on her mind.
Good shot. The wind has died down. We've had
some light rain, a bit of drizzle, something a little bit harder, a
little bit of sharpish wind blowing through the course, but nothing too
serious. As we seek Thompson at the 8th, 2-over par, long birdie putt,
won't be far away. There you are, I told you so. I thought it was going
to topple in. No, stays two over. The familiar figure of Karrie Webb.
What a good player she's been for 15 years or more, Maureen. She started
very young. And she's kept that rhythm going for umpteen Victor
Ruiz. Seven time major winner. The first time I saw her was here in
1995 when she arrived at the Duke's Course and properly won this title
three times. -- victories. That's the familiar Crouch of Michelle Wie.
As if she is auditioning for the female role of the hunchback of
Notre Dame. I'm sure there is an easier way to do it. But she reckons
that's the way. It don't matter what you do, as long as you get it in the
hole, boy. Very good scoring on this
opening-day. Play started around 6am this morning. It is a long day. The
last game goes off at 4:30pm. It's a long day for the officials, players
and caddies. Mostly the officials and all the ones who busy themselves
with scoring, marshalling and one thing and another. First to putt is
Wessberg. Little movement from the left. They are having to get a
wriggle on. The official out with the old watch.
Well, we've had a little bit of a shower in the last hour, so, Ken,
has that slowed up the cause markedly or not? -- the course.
Karrie Webb pitching over to the 12th green, over the water. This
hole can be played a number of ways depending on which tee is used and
that is a cracking shot. It needed a bit of stop. Still a very nice shot
from Karrie Webb. Well, if anybody should know these
greens, its Charley Hull, Ken. A nice crowd out watching. Absolutely
right, there is a bit of moisture, quite a heavy shower came down about
15 minutes ago. It has stopped. There is a big slap on the greens,
lots of movement from right to left. -- big slope on the green.
That was a beautiful effort. Very nice indeed by Charley Hull. Got off
to a hot start with a couple of birdies on the first three holes,
dropped one at the last. Tidy nine of 36. This is going to be. I was
with Lydia Ko when she heard that she was playing with Charley and she
said "I knew I would get Charley in the draw. She was delighted. These
two had a big tussle for the first major title of the year with Charley
being edged out. Lydia Ko should have got a bit of help from her
playing partner, a bit of movement from the left and a reasonable
amount of pace. Amassed six feet down the slope, into the little
valley. She has a gorgeous touch, she really has. -- the last six
feet. A bit feeble. All that build-up,
Ken, and they let you down. I know the feeling. It's a long race. She
has got a nice touch. Nice, nice touch.
Up ahead to the 13th, Shanshan Feng. I think this woman's one of the most
remarkable players I've ever seen in my life in the world of golf. She
doesn't look very exciting at all. She just quietly plots, keeps the
same rhythm, she's almost relentless in finding the greens, holing the
putts, not making any mistakes. Quite remarkable.
Back to nine for Wessberg. What you would call a little tester. In her
last two tournaments she has been fourth and second. Choosing a good
time to run into form. A little bit of marking going on.
You see Lydia standing astride the putt. Using the aim point method of
having a look at the greens. Using the feet to determine the amount of
slope, and all sorts of wizardry goes on after that. Might be a
little bit of movement in this one. Well done. Outward nine of 37,
1-over par. Charley Hull just a little tap in.
And in she goes, and on they go. This is a look at the 9th from the
air. The following three ball, most players playing a 3-wood or 5-wood
for the longer hitters to the launch pad. Michelle Wie has gone something
longer and has had a mis-judgement because she has gone down into the
valley. You don't want to go down there, you can get some scrappy lies
down there. That tree to the left. They have the tee up so they can
drive to the end of the fairway. 450 yards from the back tee. They are
playing this very short and second shot, which looks inviting across
the valley. This is one of the things I love
about this game. You have Lexi Thompson, almost six feet tall. And
Marie Miyazato, much shorter. But they
both play extraordinarily successfully.
Pushed it. That's not good. Saved by the bunker. Interesting to me to see
how the women's game has changed. A fewer years ago, more of them were
swingers, did it with balance and timing. But over the last ten years
or so a few players waggle it. They are more aggressive with the
clubhead. She has found a good spot. They trimmed all this down. This
used to be rough ground down here. It has all been cleaned up, tidied
up. She could almost throw it on. It doesn't look like quite such a
good decision now. But you weigh up the percentages, and she thought the
possibility of getting a good lie was high. She's found a way of
getting down in two possibly. Charley Hull, watch this for
somebody who actually attacks the ball. Boom. You didn't see many
women play that way years ago. She really gets her hands on the
clubhead, gives it a good old smack. She's fun to watch.
Just a placement tee shot required at the 10th, 344 yards, straight
ahead par-4. 240 might be the widest part of the fairway. Two bunkers up
the right. Certainly a birdie opportunity. This is a real... Some
of these girls are only tiny little tots and they have to swing slowly.
And the slower you swing the more careful you have to be coming you
have to keep the rhythm going. Wide and slow and sweeping the ball away
instead of hitting the ball. Sweeping right through. I always
enjoyed watching... I said to many men, you learn far more watching
good women play golf than you would watching the likes of Tiger Woods,
Spieth and McIlroy, because you'll never play like that. You can get
the art of timing from these women. Feng on 13. Birdie at six of seven
of the last holes. She started off in a rather pedestrian manner with a
handful of pars, after she was very nearly late on to the first tee.
Then she really put the afterburners on. Here is an awkward one. Right
foot up, left foot down. Hand and arm s swing it through. Good result.
Little tiny one for Feng. Nicely done. She remains one behind.
Jutanugarn shooting a very good 65 this morning in ideal conditions.
Michelle Wie. Big, wide stance for long putts. Sniffing at the ball.
Look where she is aiming, up to the bank on the right. A huge swing.
Very low, steady, good pace. STUDIO: That's the scene as we look
over the Bedfordshire countryside. Very close to Milton Keynes, about
50 miles north of London. Jutanugarn safely in the clubhouse, waiting to
see if Shanshan Feng of China can match the 7-under par, going very
well. The woman who will be 27 the day of The Open ceremony next week
in Rio. Very excited, as many of these women are, about going to
represent their country in the Olympic Games. Teresa Lu in that
group at 3-under. Karrie Webb also going very well. Can't believe it's
21 years since she took this place by storm on the Duke's course. This
fearless young woman coming through from Australia. This is the place
that launched her career all those years ago. It seems like yesterday.
Perfect position for Wessberg off the 10th tee. Slap bang in the
middle. Ken, flag pretty central today. Essential at the back, yes.
Played a long way back. -- Central at the back. Hardly a breath of wind
at the moment. Remember watching Vesper gapped the
Championship in Saint Andrews. She finished seventh there. -- watching
Vesper -- Wessberg at. She really is as calm as she looks,
Peter. It's interesting. A fascinating story. Her family taking
the opportunity to have the teaching scholarship in New Zealand. Taking
citizenship, learning to play golf, entering the New Zealand. It's just
a great story. Now Charley Hull. Get inside that one. 114. Good cuff,
coming in high. The line looks not bad. Oh, Kenny. The adrenaline was
flowing there, Kenneth, I think. Yes, over aggressive, I think. Calm
it down a bit. Looking at the contact here. You see the divot fly
after the ball was taken. Quite a lot of turf taken. Green keepers
must cry themselves to sleep at night after preparing it for years
and years, to be ripped to pieces. But they do a great job. Miyazato
with a par putt at the 9th. She remains 1-over.
Always looks busy, like she has somewhere to go, a bus to catch or
something. Karrie Webb. Hardly any divot at all. It clipped
off the top. Might stop a bit too quick. Interesting.
Michelle Wie, Jack Nicklaus style of putting, works. I walked a couple of
holes with her in practice and she was doing the table top ironing
board style. Looking at her today, she's mostly doing this, she seems
to change between the two depending on her mood. If it works, putting is
a game within a game. But we are. -- but there we are. From the back of
the green. A little bit too enthusiastic with the short pitch
in. Just settled down in the grass. It's awkward with the green running
away. It's hard to get the right contact on the ball. Decide what you
want to play and commit to it. You could sort of scuff it out and let
it run. Awkward. The grass is just an inch long but it has settled
down. You don't want to be dropping a shot after a good tee shot like
that, Ken. A shortish iron in. She's opening the face. It's a bold shot,
I fancy. It's looking quite cavalier to me at the moment. Cavalier! Lots
of swishing. This is awkward. Anything within four feet is a
beauty. Quick stab. She's got away with it. APPLAUSE
Very unlucky there. The ball nestling down. A little
break of the wrist and you can see the ball almost going straight up.
Still only level with the club face. Extraordinary that, this very slow
motion. You wonder how the club doesn't hit the ball two or three
times. Just a little film of moisture on
the greens at the moment. It slows it down a fraction meaning the ball
doesn't break as much, but it's actually a little bit easier to get
the ball to roll more smoothly. Should have a little bit of movement
from the right. She has left herself one of those
you really don't like all that much. Karrie Webb after a very nice
approach shot in here at 13. Down the slope. A couple of little
switchbacks. That was a good putt. Left it below the hole.
Isn't that lovely? Magnificent selection of trees, all sorts.
Wildlife, a few brown squirrels about. All sorts of stuff. Lydia Ko.
Birdie putts, this to get back to level par.
Dribbled away. So a chance missed really. I thought she might pot that
one. In search of her third major title.
As won one already this year. As we go quickly to Karrie Webb.
Well holed. Karrie Webb unfortunately has just missed out on
the Olympic trip. Very sad news to a lot of us. It was very much her
dream to be there. But Minjee Lee just edged out Karrie Webb and
Rebecca Artis at the death. This is the tester that Wessberg has left
herself. Putts with the shaft of the putter almost vertical. Dead centre.
Over the years her putter has had some wonderful shapes and sizes. All
sorts of blade putters, lumpy ones, round ones, flat ones. Anything to
try to get the ball in the hole. Long putter, short putter. I
remember a fellow called Eduardo Blasi from Argentina who had a
putter around 14 inches long, a wide stance, putting one-handed. Didn't
last long, ended up quietly in a home somewhere. I don't think any of
these young nerves will be in a home for quite some time. It's a funny
old game. It can strike you down, this dam game of golf. It's so
pedestrian, you get so much time to think. You ponder and wonder, can I
get better? Inevitably you get worse. Charley Hull finishing off
nicely. Good chip and putt from the back of the green. 1-under.
Peter, you must have had some fun when you were building this golf
course. Did you discover anything of interest when you were moving trees
must not a few old Army dug outs. I think I'm correct in saying they
used to store ammunition here. It was absolute dense forest,
rhododendrons, ferns and trees. I still see Clive Clarke hacking his
way through. It was amazing to be asked by the family to come and do
the third course here. Very proud of it. It's lovely. Mind you, you would
have to be a complete fool to make a mess of a course in land like this.
You can just see a couple of amateur names on that scoreboard as the
scores roll through. Seven amateurs playing this week for the Smith
salver. The third of the par threes. Easy to come up short on this one.
It has boxed a few players today. -- it has foxed. It's a big green that
tilts from back to front. You can throw the ball in there like playing
darts, with bunkers on either side. You have to be up. If you go to the
back of the green, when they are running fast, it's not easy to two
putt. We don't know what they all played
off the tee there, but Michelle Wie has a bit of a low rookie one to try
and execute. She hits into the canopy of the tree but gets away
with it. -- low hooking one. Miyazato's ball already on the
green. She was a wunderkinder at 14 or 15 years of age, pushed on by her
parents. A little bit too early really, but settling down into the
world of golf for the last seven or eight years. The caddies in women's
golf, do you think they take more of an interest... Not interest, that's
the wrong word. But do you think they get involved more than the
caddies on the men's Tour? I think they may be do, Peter. Seem to be
more of them lining up the players and being part of it. They seem to
be more actively engaged. Trying to keep the clubface open, keep the
ball on line and she has done it very well indeed. Cracking shot.
APPLAUSE Lexi Thompson is fun to watch. She
really manoeuvres the ball and does stuff you don't see many of them
doing. Lydia Ko, just watch this backswing.
See the little too early bit, pushing it down, and it might go off
the fairway. -- the little too twirly bit. It's mindful of Inbee
Park's swing. She's injured this week. Not textbook stuff from Lydia
Ko, but neither was Lee Trevino and they are both geniuses in their way
in their own life span and area in the world of golf. Don't change it.
Stick with what you do best. Learn how to use it. Some very good
scoring today. Ideal weather. We've had a little drop of rain but it has
been a slight stirring in the trees. Only a light breeze that hasn't
developed into any sort of wind. Charley Hull at the 11th, the par-5.
That is a fizzer, right down the middle. Good job there is some
wetness in the ground otherwise it was in the bunker. Otherwise good.
Back a hole to the 10th. The flag is 25 yards on today.
The greens here on the Marquess course are quite segmented. To get
really close to the flight you have to have pinpoint accuracy with your
irons. Very easy to get on the wrong side of the slope and be swept away
into 3-putt distance. -- to get really close to the flag.
Michelle Wie's putt is on the way. Oh no.
This is awkward. But I think she can get it up and forward OK. A bit
close to the bank. Stamp it out and she has played it well. It's a
runner. Awkward shot. Nice to see a few amateurs playing, Maureen. It
has always been a great tradition in this Championship, but they have
earned their way into it. They are not here just because we like them.
I think there are seven in the field. The Smith salver will be very
keenly contested. Lydia Ko has run behind the trees. She can create a
shot if she has a good lie. She could squirt one round. Looks like
she will play out to the left and then pitch up. She just has to keep
it under the branches. The lie is pretty good considering the poor
lies around. She's 295, so if she moves out 95, she has 200 to the
flight. That's what you want to do. She could shunt it out, and could
get further if she could be ambitious. Looks like she could be
ambitious. Oh no she's not. They punched to the left side. Not too
much! The thing is, the great players seemed to make smallish
errors, misses the fairway, but it's a par-5. It's not always the great
shots that win things. It's those who make the fewest mistakes.
Everybody talks about flamboyant two irons, fizzing to the hole. But it's
the silly mistakes. When you add it up on Sunday night you might have
missed out by two or three. Charley Hull to thump it close. 264. That's
a shame, just clipped a branch. It was motoring, but not a bad layup.
Excellent layup as it happens. We are looking at the course from on
high and it looks like a treat. You are down there walking through the
trees. Wonderful to have character on either side of the fairways. It's
absolutely exquisite. You couldn't find a nicer inland course.
Everything you need. I was about Blairgowrie Rosemont last week. It
was another course like this, oozing class and charm. -- I was up at.
Another good tee shot from Wessberg. Deciding not to go for it. Not the
most accurate of layups. Stayed on the fairway but only just, Ken.
Beautifully presented, the wavy sides of the fairways. At the end
you find a green like this, beautifully prepared. Miyazato for
birdie, long dish and slowish putt. It's got the speed. Oh! Up a drain
pipe, could have gone a few feet past, but it disappeared. The little
totty goes on smiling. Can Karrie Webb rescue a par from
that lie in the bunker? It's downhill. It's got a turn but it's
too high. Slightly mis-hit tee shot, slightly
under club, one or t'other has cost the shot there. Lydia Ko, still a
few yards to go. Not the widest of targets. Going around the oak tree.
These rescues are very handy. Looked good, Ken, looked online. She
doesn't want it again, I can tell you that, Peter. It's a dandy! What
a shot. Wonderful. Go back 100 years and that thing is called a baffy.
The forward, 5-wood, a baffler. Then the rescue clubs that do the job.
Lexi, birdiey, well done, had putting issues over the years and
has done work with Dave Stockton. Meanwhile, at the 11th. See how you
cut fair away, you go into the rough and you come out to give it, it is
so easy to make a straight line, which makes it very boring, make a
little manoeuvre with the tractor and trailers and the cutters and you
can make a dull bit of ground look attractive. Plant a bit of gorse, a
few bumps. You old romantic Peter. It is, I
think, as I said at the beginning Henry Longhurst said aren't we lucky
golf takes us to so many beautiful places? You can have fine stadiums
and arenas and the rest of it, but there is only a limited view here,
everywhere you look there is is a bit of magic, a bit of wildlife,
colour, noise, sounds, birdie, it is glorious.
-- birds. That style. 844 yards left. Bit of a little ridge.
Is that, did that sound OK? Yes, perfect distance.
The flag cut a little cape that comes into the green, a little short
and it will dig in the bank and long and it will skid on, a good break
here for Charlie, having clipped the pine trees it could have gone
anywhere. 80 yards. And a good lay out yard damage. You can get the
grip on the second bounce. Nips it up, she is a great divot
taker. Stop. Oh, it didn't, didn't just, ran on
an extra eight feet. What is that ghen look at the size of the divot.
She crunches down on the back of the club. It looks as if she must
generate spin. You know people talk about controlling the spin, you
can't always, the ball doesn't always do what you hope it is going
to do. Those that pretend, oh great control, the spin. No, you hit it
the best you could and you hope for the best.
Sometimes it spins too much and sometimes it stops beautifully. And
sometimes it doesn't stop at all. Back on the tee, Thompson. Now this
is certainly within her compass to get up here in two.
She didn't look after it. She didn't need to. Big leap forward there,
Maureen that, got a good chase on. Just hurrying the camera crew out of
the way. Carr I Webb at the is ath. -- Carrie Webb at the is ath. --
15th. Big headed driver. Sweeps it off the top of the tee peg. Away it
goes. See that one-stops done dead, the
other went on 40 yards. Luck of the draw.
Karrie Webb at the is ath. -- 15th. Big headed driver. Sweeps it off the
top of the tee peg. Away it goes. See that one-stops done dead, the
other went on 40 yards. Luck of the draw.
Good crowds. Loads of buses and Sharia banks whatever you called
them. We have had the ladies group up from Surrey, bus loads of them
coming up to enjoy this great event. Great view there of the high hands
and the vertical putter shaft. The idea of that is to headache the
putter shaft an extension of your arm, just not quite reading the
break in there, fors we burring, but that will be a safe par O --
Wessberg. One birdie. 12th hole in front of them is clear,
there is known on it, so they will have to get a gallop on. They are
backing up. I can see them waiting to play up. Yes, this group are on
the slow side, they will have to kick on or they might get a nasty
fright at the end of the round. That is the plague of golf these days.
You watch over the next three days it is easy to see why they take so
long. Well, the Championship organisersers
have stated they will be hot on the timings here, and when a group loses
the their starting time difference, which is 11 minute, they lose that,
they will be put on the clock, they will be told, and when they get a
bad time, a second bad time that is it. It is a shot penalty. They have
been saying that for 50 years Maureen. Yes, but... They only been
please the poor young assistant from Rochdale. Not strictly true Peter.
It is totally true. Dear old pernard Langer he should have been penalised
for 25 years, eight shots a round. But no, he puts bums on seats.
-- Bernard. These these yardage charts and
books, they look, they throw bits of stuff in the air strike and they
consult. Do you think it is too much of a a science rather then an art.
Some of the greatest players in the world young by eye and feel and
touch. Touch. Another birdie opportunity for Ko. Ko: A good angle
Peter, up the slope. No.
Not got the range just yet. Well, after the errant tee shot it
would have been a bit of a steal to mark a birdie down, but I suppose
this is what world number ones tend to do more often than anybody else.
Now Karrie, Charlie I should say. Yes. Well done.
So Lexi Thompson has the been waiting behind that group for the
green to clear. That is a huge drive, Maureen isn't it. We saw it
leap down the fairway. Thompson has got the three wood out.
It don't even look like a three wood actually.
Straight at the sign behind the green, just to the right of the
flag. Only what, 15 yards gap? That sort of thing.
So one good clean very straight hit is needed here.
Looked good. Left, was good when it left here, and it is good when it
has arrived. That is a cracking shot.
Oh wunderbar. Superb. Cracking shot from the former US
Open champion, Lexi Thompson, she is making her way not quite on the
front-page of this leaderboard as yet. It is Shanshan Feng that has
been making the best progress, 6-under through 14 and the other
player making progress on the first page, 4-under through seven, Mirim o
Lee of South Korea, one of 30 South Korean players in the top 50.
Extraordinary success over the last 15 years or so since the the amazing
Siri Pak came on the scene, so many have tried to follow and have
succeeded in their following her into professional ranks. There is
mow Martin. Good to see her featuring, she won at royal berk
dale with that stunning eagle at the 72nd hole to nick it.
And there is Melissa Reid. 1-under through 14. Eventual ghul that
group. -- Charley Hull in that group. Leona Maguire one of the
amateur, she is one of the victorious Curtis Cup players from
Great Britain and Ireland. They won the cup back for only the eighth
time since the 1930s, great stuff against the Americans last month. So
that is how it looks on day one. At the moment, 55 women-under par. It
is a leavely setting here, Woburn Abbey.
-- lovely setting here. Fabulous setting.
And so many lovely sights and sounds round this lovely part of the
country. Just north of London. And Peter, I know this is place you know
very well. Our dear old colleague Alex was part and parcel of this
wonderful landscape. It is a lovely setting here, Woburn Abbey.
Fabulous setting. And so many lovely sights and sounds
round, this lovely part of the country. Just north of London. And
Peter, I know this is a place that you know very well. Charley
Hull unleashing one at this 12th hole, trying to find the island
fairway. You are aiming to get your tee shot
to finish between 20-240 yards. Michelle Wie 4-over par, won the US
Open a couple of years ago, since then, all sorts of problems injury
again, has played its part. A struggle today, he seems to have
lost her way again. It is entirely in Bedfordshire. A
bit of exciting chat for you there. I think the border is probably on
the A a 5, just to the east of here. Sometimes I bore mice, actually.
-- myself actually. Well, here we are back on 11 and those two mighty
blows from Lexi Thompson are shortly going to give her a very makeable
eagle putt. You are right, Michelle Wie has had
really, you know a disappointing career for one with so much promise
and talent. But, A lot is down to injury, she had knee problems then
she came through and had that renaissance and delivered the major
Championship but everything thought she was going to, in 2014, she had
neck problems since then, it has been a bit of a struggle. This one
low. Again, she is sort of systematic of
a lot of very young talents, come on the scene very young and perhaps
don't stay the course, some of them have great careers but are retired
by the age of 30. Karrie Webb is different. 41 now. She has been
competing at the highest level for a long, long time.
Talking early about seven and Cho who retired after winning major
after major. Three tee shots in decent position on this 12th hole,
sometimes the tee is moved up and you can have a pop at the green.
Even getting it on to this little almost an island fairway.
Peninsula sticks out. A very tricky pin. Seven on seven from the right,
but awkward spot tieded to a ridge that runs through the green. 73
yards left for Linda. A bang behind it she could use, a breeze helping.
This slightly soggy fairway doesn't make the pitches anyisier. Over the
water. -- any easier. Use the slope behind,
it is tricky. Not much landing area. Well I am not sure that was as
intended, but it has worked out extremely well. I may be be doing
her a disservice. Hard to tell. It is 66 yards. Wanting the lady, they
can't hit it as hard as a man so they tend to get that firmer first
bounce. So going straight at this, the pin
is on about five yards. 66 yards, almost a little close.
Nicely judged. Snuffling away. Hay fever or a cold. Cold? A yard short
and that was struggling to get over the water.
As Peter says she gouges out an enormous divot. She has 65 and this
is a soggy old fairway. Does that make you nervous? Makes
you a little nervous. Come on Charlie.
Three good tee shot, three good second shots.
She said she was feeling the pressure, you get the home support,
it can lift you, she was filing more pressure than usual, wasn't
necessarily looking forward to all the home support. Eagle chance for
Lexi Thompson. Stay up, stay up. That was comfortable, easy as birdie
as you would want to see. Two mighty blow, two putts and Lexi Thompson
gets it back to level par. Back to back birdies now.
And here is Liz Young. Expecting a baby in a couple of months. Telling
me this morning she usually gets tired after about 15. Holes. She is
a couple more to do. She hasn't played 18 holes yet this week.
Miyazato. Nicely judged. Couple of birdie, couple of bogeys today.
No-one in this group setting things alight. Michelle Wie 4-over,
Thompson, Miyazato level par. Not much break in that, and with
eyes it finds the bottom of the hole.
3-under. Good round if progress from the Australian. Remained competitive
over so many years. They are waiting for the local hero
to nudge this in for a birdie three. Little down the slope.
Oh no. No. She is never a player accused of
slow play eventual. She gets on with things briskly. A confused face
there though. Shanshan Feng, won the European ladies Order of Merit last
year. First Chinese player to do so. Very good. Using what they call aim
point where you read it with your feet and hold the fingers up. You
would have thought had a hair of movement from the right.
Right to middle it goes for Lydia Ko. Not too many birdies for her
today, only her second. A couple of bogeys.
This is the young amateur, the Swedish amateur, 15 years of age.
The youngest competitor in the field she is here because she is the
British amateur champion, she won that Championship in June. Youngest
winner, only turned 15 in March. Fellow country woman for birdie
here. Well, disappointing there for the
Swede, only a four. Got to take your chances when you can. Because on a
course this tree lined, you face a few crises along the way, somewhere
or other, dale Reed said she used to like to get a few birdies and tuck
them in her back pocket and consider them like a bank account.
Most of the really good scores seem to be coming from the morning wave.
That was an impressive lily pad. You could put a small dog on them. When
they were impored the person showed how impressive they were by standing
on them. You can get the huge ones that can take the full weight of a
human being or perhaps small child, if you are not feeling particularly
brave yourself. Big thick things. Peter is staring
at me in a quizzical fashion. He is right to do so.
Early days yet but there are 65 plus ties make the weekend. Those numbers
include the amateur players so we have 35 or so in red figures at the
moment. And there is the spread of the tee
shots on this teasing par-4. 12th hole.
Never a good idea to miss the prepared surface when you have a
short iron in your hand and the flag at the front.
Not player that generates a huge amount of spin in any case, so
chances are this will be beyond the flag.
Plenty of height. Down, down, down... Well, has it stuck? Has it
Fred couples ass they said in the business? It has. It has not quite
moan down there but has got away with it. I think they probably
should have cut that down, that bank, it is just clinging on there
for dear life. Go, she say, what has Michelle Wie
down? Got away with it. Looks a bit troubled at the moment She looks out
of sorts. So Lexi Thompson, again, it is going
to be, she is much sharper through the ball but it is going to be
difficult to generate the control when the ball lands, because she is
just coming out of this longerer grass, the second cut.
-- longer grass. There is plenty of green behind the
flag. Well, I have to say there were three
rather indifferent shots by three top class players. And nothing gets
the blood boiling like making a mess of an easy hole. This is Julia
Engstrom. A couple of bogeys in a row now. Or
will be. We will go back to Lydia Ko, if she can get it out there.
David is working on her, she has been a fader, but she is able to get
a bit more right-to-left on her now. Little shoot forward. Still doesn't
have the distance of the biggest hitters though, but that is not her
game. This to join Jutanugarn in the lead.
At 7-under. Not enough pace. Feng is playing
with the young am Stuening Strom so what an experience for the young we
see dish player. Watching golf at the highest calibre at close
quarters. -- Swedish. Ai Miyazato did get away
with it: A little pitch up, and might even have a birdie.
Very nearly did. That would be one against the head. In it will go for
a par. I thought they might cut down the
grass on that bank so any short, it is only a short hole any way, you
shouldn't be punished if you are missing the fairway or missing the
green, Miyazato escapes unscathed. Well, that shows the positions of
the tee shots there on 13. There was almost a Little Mix up.
They thought the ball was theirs. Ko spotted it. That was a fantastic
flight. First to play has 163. Been on the front of the green. I have
not seen this hollow that is tricky. If you pitch short of the green it
will come trickling back to you. Not easy, you can pitch it long and
right and it will gather up. 163, probably about six direct. Not
much room to land the ball on. You could pitch it eight or nine
yard in to right and it should leak all the way to the left.
Just midway between the camera tower and the flag would be a good place
to land. Chased down. Beautifully played by Wessberg. Wonderful shot.
If Lydia Ko had played the wrong ball that it would have been a two
shot penalty. Lexi Thompson. Going with the putter from just off the
back. This one surely has to go. Thought it was a broken club there,
the shaft thrashed into the tree. It has done extremely well. Stay there.
Curtailed, followed through from the tree trunk, but nae bad. A little
downhill. Shorter than that. Trying to follow her playing partner.
One last sniff and then fire it towards the target. Hop down.
Just as Ken suggested, slightly more difficult putt she has left them
Wessberg's. Tester for Thompson. She is a
dangerous woman when she is holing putts. That will really help her
momentum. I know it's only a par putt but sometimes those are the
biggest in the round. She's one who keeps her glove on while putting.
It's not particularly rare. Karrie Webb. Going along very nicely
indeed. Slightly out of position here. Urging it on. To no avail.
Down to where Juli Inkster was not that long ago.
-- Julia Engstrom. Looking down on Shanshan Feng. We welcome to the
commentary box, the former winner of the women's open here. Was that the
Duke's corset was played it was, in 1990. We have seen some good golf
today, Helen. I love the way Shanshan Feng plays. She just gets
on with it. With her emotions, you never know what she is shooting.
Always a smile on her face and very simple. A little upslope.
Considering whether tee shot was, she has every chance of getting down
in two. This should just run out. Pretty well played. Talking about
players who just get up and get on with it, Charley Hull is one of
those. I love it. I think it takes a lot of mental energy to just make a
decision and go. One thing we have talked about quite a lot, a lot of
discussion between caddies and players in the women's game. It
takes a lot of time. When you talk about a spectacle, something you
want to watch, perhaps it's not the best. I agree with you. That was one
of my big problems when I played, it was taking so long. If you play with
more of an instinct, not being so precise. Mental coaches would say,
don't hit until you are ready, but I said to one bill, today would be
great. A lot of things its field. You need to know what clubs to hit.
Let's see if Lydia Ko can feel this one in. Hasn't really got into the
run today. Has had a few missed shots, which is very
uncharacteristic for her. Perhaps not having quite the feel of these
greens yet. Perhaps not quite as quick as some of the surfaces in the
US on the LPGA Tour. But she has missed a few that ordinarily she
would get in. But she wouldn't ordinarily come out shooting on the
first day, she'd normally climbs up and finds herself somewhere at the
top on Sunday afternoon. Biding her time. The correct pronunciation,"
Vessberg" or Wessberg? Wessberg. I went all Germanic with the V. We
were talking about her. A lot of players start looking at the hole.
It's a great help, but you have to be firm when you do it. Modelled by
Jordan Spieth, looking at the hole when putting. In it goes. Not quite
finishing off that beautiful second shot. Nine pars in a row. Just not
happening on the greens at the moment. It's quite frustrating
sometimes. You give yourself chances, particularly when you see a
lot of the field is making some birdies and you are just hanging on,
even or 1-over. It's never not that exciting. It's never not that
exciting. We had to Lexi Thompson again. Going
with the driver here. He doesn't really need the driver, does she? --
she doesn't. Again, getting a big shoot forward.
It's another 40 yards or so there. Her father Scott is on the bag. It
must be an interesting dynamic, having a father caddy for you. We
see it quite a lot in women's golf, and sometimes in women's sport,
fathers can be dominant figures, parents can. You have to have a
close relationship with your caddy. At times the relationship can strain
so it be interesting if your father is there. They have grown up with
two brothers so they have done a lot of golf together. He has been around
as long as I have known her. I don't think he's one of those parents. He
has been very supportive. She's the one who's the toughest on herself.
It has just gone for Michelle Wie at the moment. Fighting with herself
and her swing. We have talked about her injuries. Lydia Ko at the 14th.
Playing at 173 yards over the valley.
Just got to favour the left of the pin. If you drift to the right it
can carry along over the front of the green. The pin is on 11, nine
from the left. It's so interesting to watch this group, Kent, don't you
think, with Charley Hull being more active and Libya is so calm and
cool. That's right. -- and Lydia. She's definitely a cucumber, and the
other is more zesty orange. Wessberg is next, has hit a lot of nice shots
today but hasn't holed that much. Time for the zesty one. Hit six and
it has to be just on the four, cranked up behind it. -- just under
four. It would be a massive hit with a 7-iron. I know the wind is across.
Asking it to go for her. Oh dear. It's lying OK in there. It's not the
worst. Looks as if she was trying to give it that bit extra.
Back to the 13th and the tee shots of Michelle Wie and Lexi Thompson.
Always going to struggle out of the rough. It's quite noisy at Woburn
but they are providing wonderful overhead pictures, the aircraft.
Shanshan Feng to get to 7-under par. A great thing for that little
Swedish girl to play with Shanshan Feng because she makes it look so
easy. A great learning experience, I think. Like you say, 6-under, and
it's been a very comfortable 6-under as well.
I was so pleased. I read in an interview that she is not very
technical, not working too much on her golf swing, more on the shots.
So nice to hear that when you hear of so many other players being
extremely technical. Doing it by numbers. Lexi Thompson, you can
see... You know your swing is basically sound anyway. Beyond that,
the feel will bring you good scores. Michelle Wie, you see her with her
little set before and you know there is a lot of thought going on at the
moment. I thought when she won the US Open, which I love to watch, I
thought she played exactly the way she should be playing. Very focused,
target oriented. I thought that she was finally getting into it. I don't
know if it's all the injuries she's had, but she always seems to be
working on something. Like you say, a little too quirky, not the way she
should be swinging it. Wessberg, the first to play. Over
the back of the green. It will turn a corner a bit from right-to-left
and it's downhill. That's so-so. Working hard after her
loose tee shot. Long run-off pars might be coming to an end. She could
still knock that in. Three pretty wide tee shots here, one short, one
left, one long and right. How's it lying in the bunk for Charley Hull,
Ken? It's lying pretty nicely. The green is running away from her on a
big tilt from left-to-right. Whether caddy is standing, she might have to
go a long way left. It's one of those who have to flip in the air
and get it to land softly, never easy when the green is above you.
She is at that stage in her around where if she could have a nice, tidy
finish she would be happy, but with a couple of errors coming in, there
is no recovery time today. You see how far left she went. It will feed
around. And it runs away on the slope.
A stab of the upslope for Karrie Webb. As tidy as always. A little
bit uphill. Strong acceleration. Seems to be on an even keel, Lydia
Ko. Nothing fazes her too much. One of her great strengths.
Very nicely done by Karrie Webb. Keeps a good round going. Remains
3-under. A couple of holes from home. She's still one of the most
impressive ball strikers I saw when I was out there. She had a shot from
pretty much anywhere. I loved to play with her, to learn every single
time. Even though she's a lot younger. As we have talked about,
she will not be going to the Olympics for Australia. Minjee Lee
and sick on how. Justin Rose and Danny Willett will be going for
Great Britain along with Charley Hull. What a great thing it would be
to call yourself an Olympian. To be in the Olympic village, with all
those other athletes. What a save from Charley Hull. That's the way to
keep your round going. Things just in danger of getting away from her.
A bright start, a couple of birdies in the first three holes, but
remains under par despite nonsense. -- despite none since.
Maybe now she needs her friends to come out. She says she doesn't want
her friend watching. One friend is a golfer and she doesn't mind him
watching because he gets it, but the others don't really get it. She
doesn't particularly like them watching, but she has plenty of
support anyway. Bit of movement from the right. I suppose level but not
as fast as it perhaps looks. All the fault of that tee shot which
was a real misjudgement. Nine pars in a row comes to an end with a
bogey four at the 14th. Cross, how do you say that in
Swedish? Cross. That's the same? Yeah, she is cross. Swedish is a
very easy language. Not even an accent. Have you tried this aim
point, Helen? Henni Zuel was trying to explain it to me but it didn't
really make much sense after she did so. It is a little tricky. Don't you
think a lot of it is taking wavy instincts. Everything is numbers. I
think you feel a lot of it when you putt. -- taking away instincts.
Beautiful, just enough pace to hold its line. I'm just always aware that
I don't like things that make you take even longer to play than it
already does. No, and it certainly does that. Lexi Thompson, a little
more swift about things and write in the middle it goes. It's a good run
now, three birdies in the last four, it has really turned her around for
the better. Having said that, a slight
misjudgement, coming up a bit shy. Arie Jutanugarn at the top.
It's an international leader to say the least. Good to see Yani Tseng on
the leaderboard, former major champion, has been struggling for
form recently. Catriona Matthew, 2009 winner got it together on the
backline with four birdies to get in decent position.
Tee shot a little pill. Don't get too much run pitching into the face
of the hill. -- little uphill. Just so solid, isn't she? You would
have to be a massive hitter to hit this five in two. The breeze is
slightly into them as well. But Charley Hull can give it a mighty
tonk if she happens to get a hard bounce. Aiming very low, Ken. Maybe
she's going for a cautionary heely, fadey one. Goodness, the glasses
came off with the recoil. Gave it everything. Soft bouts. -- soft
bounce. If you can't reach for two on the par-5 then you can afford a
much more commercial tee shot. We will head back to the 14th and Lexi
Thompson. Trying to save it with her hands a little bit. That's good, a
feed down the slope, the one Charley Hull was on coming out of the
bunker. Has found a good vein of form in this round, Lexi Thompson.
Shanshan Feng, she could get a share of the lead going into tomorrow.
Otherwise a very easy 66. She's just been going about her business.
That's the next wave coming up, the Chinese girls. We talked about the
Koreans, 37 in the top 100 is extraordinary. But there will be
another wave of Chinese women, inspired by Shanshan Feng. Karrie
Webb has judged this beautifully. Such a great role model for so many
girls. Took a great chance on many of these girls. It's seen as a real
opportunity, becoming a lawyer or doctor, and becoming a golfer for
Korean women is an option. Going to the Korean Tour, the Japanese Tour,
graduating to the LPGA Tour, and you can make a very good living. Karrie
Webb taps in. That's what's so ironic. One of the girls she has
helped is one of the girls who took her out of the Olympics! It's not
just the Korean golfers, it's the Korean diaspora as well. Many go to
Australia, Lydia Ko for example. But native Koreans and Korean exiles all
seem to have a really strong work ethic. Talking of which, Michelle
Wie. She has been amazing. I'm not really surprised she has had so many
injuries. The way she has practised from such a young age.
Measured that pretty well. Some swings will last a lifetime, but the
strength and clubhead speed Michelle Wie generated when she was younger
puts a lot of stress on the body. Engstrom. It's been a rather sad
finish to the round for Julia Engstrom. Out in 35, four birdies on
the way out, but closing with five bogeys, back in 71. Learning a lot
from watching Shanshan Feng. From being in this company. That live
experience, there is nothing that compares. People can tell you what
to do but when you get the chance to play with some of the best players
in the world, there's nothing better. The jersey is on for Lydia
Ko. Second longest hole on the course. You realise they don't do
many things that much different, they just do it a lot more. I
remember playing the first Solheim Cup, I was so scared to play with
the Americans, but when you are out there, you realise they are just try
to hit on the fairway, get it on the green, and there isn't much more to
it. Looking for position here. Charley Hull gives it a smash. You
want to leave yourself with your favourite yardage. She fancied she
could get pretty close, forget the yardage. On a slight downslope.
Sometimes it's the tougher shot of the two, to be closer when the pin
is on the edge, a short pin. Leave yourself 100 yards or something like
that. Shanshan Feng to hole out. Easy 66, as we have been saying.
Bogey free, stress free. And tucked in just one behind the leaders. You
could see a little bit of awe in Julia's face. There is an art in the
handshake. Perhaps decided she wasn't going to hug people, going
for the handshake. You have to remember to hit it. The
problem is you have the line covered, but, to hit it on top of
it. That is her Achilles heel. He is such a great ball striker, she
spends most of the time on her short game.
Trying to improve. Lexi Thompson feels like she has been round for a
long time. Won the craft Nabisco as it was. Again, it is another example
of so many talents come out so young and win big as well. Then it's the
case of trying to keep that going. Lee has moved up to 7-under par,
after ten holes, what a round she is putting together so far.
Alongside Jutanugarn of Thailand who finished with her 65 and Shanshan
Feng closing out her 66. A bit further down, you can see Karrie
web. Mow Martin, a good start to her round. 3-under par. Again, so many
flags of Korea there. Lincicome, 2-under after 15.
And Catriona Matthew we mentioned with a round of 70, one of the
morning starterser so much good scoring this morning. The wind
hasn't got up and there hasn't been the promised rain, just a few
showers, perhaps. Melissa Reid alongside Charley Hull, so the
English flag being flown there, both 1-under par, Melissa Reid on her
final hole. Shadoff just outside the top one00
in the world. McBride there as well. And the Irish amateur, 1-under after
11 holes. Got 66 yards, green, just above her.
That is facing her. Just about far enough back to put a bit of spin on
it. By her standards there is a
smattering of applause, but she will not be pleased with that.
Could you mark it please. It is interesting when you play this golf
course, this is not really changed, if you had a morning shift or the
afternoon shift because the weather has been similar la, we will see the
score, in a links it can be different if you get the morning run
or the afternoon run, so it is more fair on the playerses What a run
from Mirim Lee. Birdies in the second, fourth, eighth, ninth,
tenth. Showing off! Off!? Pig tail problems for a moment, out of the
way. Club face open, a little nearer than I would like, particularly
difficult with the greens above eye level. You can't see the pin.
With the slope behind it is awkward. Looks down with some scorn at the
line, and yes, leaving Herr above the hole there. Helen has departed.
A puff of Swedish smoke replaced by Maureen. Moo here is is a player we
played with many time, Karrie Webb. Final hole.
And fine shot, flag up on the right-hand side, and tuck over bun
score the player isn't able to see the bottom of the flag when they are
sizing up their shot. Lexi Thompson. Can players get close
to this green? Lexi Thompson, if she finds the fairway, might be able to
get home in two. Gets a good shoot forward. She will be from there
Earlier in the year she did a photo shoot for the Olympics in the old
garb that the women used to wear 100 years ago, she wasn't able to let
rip like that. Whale bone corsets. Mirim Lee, a couple of top five
finishes this year, plays in the LPG Tour. A chance here to lead. Well,
it is an astonishing round for her, she leads the Women's British Open
on her own, and look at that card. Eight birdie, no drop shots, in 11
holes. It wasn't the best third shot from
Charley Hull. Charley as left herself a bit a
slippery one down here. Not one you want to take a bolt at.
A birdie, but pretty quick. Well it is freshing to see an
attacking player but if you are a supporter it jangle the never ends a
bit. -- nerve ends a bit. She has a character testing putt back up the
slope to save par. A you get to the end of this golf course the birdie
opportunities are fewer and farther between. Lid away seems to take her
strokes with a conventional grip and never sure which she going to use
for the actual stroke, so back with a conventional grip. Up the slope,
slow, slow, slow. Great effort. APPLAUSE
I was talking to David, her coach yesterday, I asked him about out of
all the players you know, who is the complete package and unerringly he
said Lydia. He said she is very very special.
It is in your genes when you have such a calm demeanour. Lydia seems
to be like that. Never rushes. Wessberger across the slope.
In the sob open, she comes in with -- she has had no luck on the greens
at all. She will remain 2-over par,
Wessberger. So Mirim Lee out in front, 8-under
after 11 holes, astonishing round she has got going at the momentment
very good run from Jutanugarn on 65 and Stacy Lewis 67, in between them
Shanshan Feng has finished with her 66 and Hazel has caught up with her.
I have indeed. Congratulations, that 66 looked remarkably simple today.
You made it look easy. Especially with the run of four birdies coming
in from what the fifth hole there, how would you describe and rate that
round for us today? Well, I was overall I did really well, today,
and I made four birdies in a row, I think I worked really hard today,
because I got a green book, it was my first time to get a green book
with the slopes and the numbers on them, I think, this golf course is
set up a bit shorter than the normal British Opens, I think it's a birdie
challenge, and I really want to read the greens right, and that is why I
got the green book, and it was great, I mean it helped me to read a
lot more better, so I made the putts and I feel comfortable with the
score. It's a different challenge to the links courses that have been
thrown at you over the last couple of year, you were close to winning
this title a couple of years back at royal berk dale. How high up on your
list is this Championship? Well, I have got one major in the pocket so
far, but British Open, it is a major of all the Majors, of course, I
never mind one more major, and you know, I got really close two years
ago and almost thought that maybe I had it, but somebody else played
even better, so I missed that. It was kind of a pity, so, you know, I
had a very good first round today and I want to maybe have three more
days, stick on the same plan, do the same thing and we will see. You are
building up to something I know you and the others are excited about.
The Olympic game, can you sum up how important and how special it will be
to play for your country and become an Olympian in a couple of weeks'
time? Well, I mean, when they first announced it golf was back in the
Olympics I was, it was 2009 so seven years a and I think time really
flied. I still think I don't, I don't think I am even ready for the
Olympics to come yet. It is only two more weeks to go. Last week we were
playing in the international crown and that was team event. I thought
that was great warm up for the Olympics, and this week, also, even
though it is not a links-style course this week, but I think we are
playing like a links-style golf course for the Olympics so maybe, it
will be really windy, so we will get used to the wind here this week, and
I am really looking forward for it. And your birthday on the opening
ceremony. Not bad. All of your Christmases are coming at the one
time. I know, I wish that any could go to to the opening ceremony but I
don't think I can make it, because our competition is maybe towards the
end of the game, and hopefully I can go to the closing ceremony, and you
know, I heard a lot of good stuff about it, because they said it is
after the competition are finished and everybody is so excited and that
I will party. I am looking forward to it. You might even be wearing a
Gold Medal. Well played. She will be there at the closing ceremony
partying with Usain Bolt and the gang. Karrie Webb, chance to close
with a birdie but a very difficult putt. Yes a wiggle on this one.
It is along the top a little ridge, if you get the wrong side of it in
the first singsches it drifts further wide.
-- six inches. It is really seven years ago they announced that the
Olympics where golf was coming back? I mean she is right, and she will
find as she gets older time flies faster. It does. He said gloomily.
Lynn is the second Chinese player. Lydia Ko on the tracer.
-- Lin. Just overcut it slightly.
Seem to be struggling with a snuffle today.
An interesting point about Shanshan Feng made, they are playing the
course short, it is almost a putting competition, there is is a lot,
there are a lot of birdies out there today.
Yes, it is the first British Open we have had for a while that you could
say is played all the way through the air strike not along the ground,
in the traditional links style. That is what they are used to. Week in,
week out. So, very much at home in this sort of golf course. Michelle
Wie, her third to the 15th, this long par-5. 529 yards. Through the
routine. Nicely done. I don't know if you and Helen mentioned this, but
watching her, she is walking very badly. Limping quite a lot. Hip
problems as well as neck problems, so, they are always there a little
bit. Mirim Lee, in this incredible round. 8-under after 11.
She placed her tee shot there absolutely perfectly, gave herself
the best angle into the flag. So brain, body, seefrmgs to be engaged
at the moment. -- everything seems. Lexi Thompson hit a big drive down
here. I thought she might be able to get home in two.
Even if you can, it hard to veer to the left, so leaving herself this
pitch but again, you almost don't want to be this close. Coming in for
80 or 100 yards, because this is this could be a fiddly one.
A lot of elevation changes in this golf course, not a lot of flat
shots. But certainly, no wind to affect her
here, if you look at the flag, it is limp. Not too many shots get above
the level of these trees. And the work in the distance control is
pretty good. Most of the tee shots have gone on
the 16th and a fair spread, Wessberger is having fun down the
left. Lydia Ko licked it off to the right a bit.
Might need to go a little bit. Safe enough.
Mirim Lee has a putt tow go, a makeable one to go to 9-under after
12, which is indecent, she is out on her own.
Wessberger, nice on the front of the green, or just right of it. 180 for
Charley. Well, not bad, but probably expected
better from that range, but birdie chance.
What a day we are having, this first round. This lady here, is taking
this fine course to pieces, Mirim Lee, she has only had about three or
four par, she has another chance of a birdie. A remarkable score goes
on, can she keep it going for another half a dozen holes? There is
the course's water supply, on the right-hand side. Very natural bit of
ground. Lovely lovely. Here we go. Birdie putt, to go 9-under, taking
this fine course to pieces, Mirim Lee, she has only had about three or
four par, she has another chance of a birdie. A remarkable score goes
on, can she keep it going for another half a dozen holes? There is
the course's water supply, on the right-hand side. Very natural bit of
ground. Lovely lovely. Here we go. Birdie putt, to go 9-under, and she
has - oh, fallen to pieces. That is the end of it. That's the end of it!
Oh dear, they come and they go. A par, how disgraceful! Leads by
one. As usual very good crowds here on
the opening day. They will grow bigger and bigger, this has always
been a wonderful venue for crowds, I remember some years ago, traffic
jams, trying to get in when we used to have Lee Trevino, and some great
victories round here. Masters tournaments.s it has always
been a tip top place to come and watch golf.
There we are. Big old thick grip. They had them like that in the 30,
there is nothing very knew. Just after the green, running up
nicely, a bit fiery. Oh, a lot fiery.
Awkward stance here for Sandra. Caught it fat.
Yes, four left is the cry. Oh, nice in off the cusp there. I don't think
she will complain about that result. Lydia Ko also is with the thick
grip. Lovely rhythm to her putting stroke.
She has had a lot of chances today, Ken, for six, eight, ten feet, they
haven't gone in. Absolutely, she has had a few chances and a lot looked
like they were going in. You get days like that. Nobody knows why.
One or two pretend they know, but nobody really knows.
Why didn't that putt of Mickelson's last week or whatever it was at the
open go in for a 62? Something said no, not today young man.
Charley Hull, always goes down on one knee, as if to ask for mercy,
very quick with her putting routine. Had a quick look, no Wallying round.
Much brisker rhythm to her stroke. Must be a bit of movement from
right-to-left. Certainly as it slows. Get a good view from her, she
has putted a couple of feet right. Overdone it. It. Just a whisker. Had
the right idea, but from long range, just a near miss.
You are not there. Birdie putt for Thompson back on 15.
Hit it up. Oh, she's been a tad tentative with a lot of her puts.
Must be so irritating to hit the ball as well as she does and then
not make her fair share. For a par. She has had a slightly troubled day,
today, doing that. Umpteen of those today. Come out in
the morning and you feel good, and, well that is a long way, nearly four
feet by, getting on that way, that is what you don't want.
Very slow putting stroke, quite long. Usually from range, they only
have to take it back about three or four inches. Watch this. That slow
tick-tock, an old pendulum, old grandmother clock.
Well holed. Par in for 72. Thompson. She won't
be holding back here. Don't look as if she has got her driver but gives
it the full lasso. That's -- oh. Look out, I was just having a cup of
tea and a sandwich and I think it's all right. Might have been a lot,
lot worse. There might will well strategically concealed oaks you
left in there. I know. Straggling down that side. A touch of the
sadist in us. Still ten foot short. But very near.
That was Sandra Gal after her nice bounce in off one of the sponsor's
hoardings, so, so a chance of saving par here at the final hole.
Had a good round of golf. She eagled the seventh.
You are talking about slow play, watch this for a moment if the
cameraman stays here, they have played this umpteen time, hardly any
wind, six or 7-iron, you get up and whack it. And put it on the green.
With a nice free swing but they have to look at the books and someone
will throw a bit of grass in the air, then they will tee up in the
wrong place and have to move and then we have a chat and one of the
spectators moves, and suddenly, if they can, there we go. If we can
only save a minute, a minute-and-a-half a hole each
player, for men and women, you have solved the problem of slow play.
155 yards, pin at the back of the green.
Ice easy swing. She pulled it a bit, pulled it or pushed it or grabbed
it? Didn't hit it. The number of players with have seen short on this
hole today, it is a Longridge running through the green, you don't
want to rattle it through the back, but, at least half a club short. The
flag has cut over a ridge on the green. Six before the flag and, so
it is about 12 yards deep, the biggest target. It is not easy to
pitch one, I don't know if you could play a, take a longer club and play
a bit of run? I think that is the technique, Charley tend to go high,
because she has enough club speed to pitch it up there and land it
softly. There is is not much room for error.
You were sounding like a Dickens character there, Peter. Was I? He
was quite wise in his own way. You are only saying that Ken because you
are off -- safely on course, I am here next to him. I have a bit of
the old magic beside me. That could be good. Yes.
Charley is my darling. Good shot Charley.
Now, let's see what we think of that one. Oh, we are on. Sandra Gal for
this amazing four at last. No. Well, that is going to be to be
a 70 for the German Solheim Cup player.
Good round from Sandra Gal. 70 is always good.
She is tied fourth in the second of the five women's Majors, her best
result in a major, in fact she has never made the cut in the Women's
British Open Championship, she has picked up eight birdies through 11
holes. Playing in 13th right now and making quite a statement. One shot
clear of Ariya Jutanugarn, among the early starters today, round of 65.
Stacy Lewis was right beside her with a 67 today. Mi-Hyang Lee, also
of South Korea, going well at 4-under. At the moment it is being
dominated, the of echelon is anyway by South Koreans, five of them in
the top ten and these women from that part of the world have really
made their mark in women's golf over the past ten or 15 years. Further
down, Catriona Matthew, the last British winner of this great event,
home in 2-under par today. Isabelle Boineau of France, winning the
Scottish Open last week, also in the picture here. Yes, opening day. A
bit of a shortage of British names on those leaderboards, but here is
Michelle Wie. She is 4-over par, a couple of sixes and seven, not a
good day for Michelle. She is obviously hurting, Peter. She falls
back every shot. That has done very well. It's very hard to play if you
are wounded. The aches and pains and knees and elbows and muscles. Oh,
now, you were right, one of those sneaky trees that Clive put in!
Clarkie, he looks such an innocent boy but he was a killer. Look at
that. This can be done. I don't know if she has got the power to do it
but it's a hard shot. She tried. How she got it in the front bunker?
That's not bad. Almost impossible to get that on the green. There she is.
Good effort. The 17th, the par-3. This is very
awkward. The downslope, it will scuttle on and on, virtually
impossible. I like to watch the shots of the
club going under the ball, not a good result, but it was a very
treacherous shot. I know it is very frustrating for club golfers to be
told how easy it is to get out of a bunker, and it is easy if you know
what you are doing, you should get out every time unless you are
plugged or in an awkward spot. The sun comes out. A bit of putting to
watch. I don't think we have seen anyone passing the hole from here.
Yes, very much up the slope for the first half of the putt and then it
breaks hard to the left, a little down the other side. It is tricky to
judge. Over borrowed. And overhit, one of the first we have seen, twice
wrong. She has got about eight feet past.
That was a rattler. It was always tricky, she forced it up and when
you get up the hill it can get away from you. Nice atmosphere out there?
It is a joy. It always has been here. You go to some clubs and there
is just something missing, you are not quite sure what it is. There is
a slight atmosphere. But this has always been a welcoming course but
spectators. Good organisation and there is plenty for them to do
handle look at and enjoy. This is a par putt now. I suppose the good
news is that she is getting nearer. Going back to what you have just
said, it's the legacy of Alex Hey. He was fantastic here. They knew it.
He did wonders here. This is our leader, yet another chance for a
birdie. Running well... Oh no, perhaps she was getting a bit
carried away by the thought of 59s and 47s or whatever it is. I was
going to ask you how much the gremlins pop into your mind when you
are on your way to a super low score. That is the game of golf, you
learn how to hit it and then how to play and then how to control your
thoughts. One of the drawbacks of golf is that you have too much time
to think. This is to stay at level par. She should have learned a
little from her first putt. That was simple, really simple par-3,
dropping a shot when you are this quality of player, that is not good.
But she did not mean to do it, sir! It looks odds-on to be a 73. Not
many birdies at the 18th today. Just looking down the leaderboard there,
Maria Parra, the Spanish amateur, the 20 15th European -- 20 15th
European champion, in with a fine 69. The next amateur is Hannah
O'Sullivan, the 2015 and matter -- amateur champion. Possible
professional material, in a month or a year or two. Here we go, this is
for a bogey four. Oh. Now, this is for a five will
stop this would destroy you. -- for a five. Yes, it has all just got
away from her at the end of the round here. Mika Miyazato at 18.
Long putt. It tends to swing left to right at the end. Oh! That was
beautifully judged. Beautifully judged by Mika. Home in 33, what a
fantastic back nine. 69. Lovely. It can be done and it's nice to see
smiling faces, too. I'm enjoying myself this week, after seeing all
those young men and not so young man, forgetting to shave in the
mornings, it used to be five o'clock shadow but now it's the fashion. It
makes them look ten years older and I don't know why they do it but it's
nice to see some smiling faces, joyful looking out here.
This is Brittany Lincicome for her birdie at 18. Playing with Mika
Miyazato and Paula Creamer. Very nice, another good closing
nine, 30 two. The back nine is supposed to be more difficult. --
32. Now Thompson. This is for a par. No. She stopped on that, just tapped
at the ball instead of pushing through. It stayed up on the
right-hand side and that is a dropped shot.
Hull tapped in for her birdie after is blended tee shot at the 17th. --
a splendid. A little bit of a breeze rattling around there, the tops of
the trees. It is certainly funnelling down the hole, Charley
Hull doesn't necessarily need to use her driver but there is a chance of
taking one and she usually does when she can. Maybe a little down the
left, just trying to fade it. She has still got a bit of energy left.
I don't think she left anything behind there. She cracked it up the
right-hand side. Well, that did not leap forward but it's a lovely
drive. One handed practice swing to get the right arm working.
It's a slightly different flight to Charley Hull's, it is slightly
lower, when it hits the fairway it can run out a bit. She has got a
good tempo. It's amazing. Very interesting style. Sweeping it off
the top of the tee. Watch the ball as long as you can. Whoosh! Very
fine player. That one dug its toes in and stopped, there was no real
bounce on that one. I remember when I first saw Michelle
Wie, it was at the 2004 Curtis cup in Formby. My goodness she could hit
golf shots that we could not believe a 14-year-old was capable of
hitting. Great control of the ball. I remember that very well. That is
looking back from the camera behind the 17th green. The 16th green, back
right. The 18th tee on the left. Interested spectators having a nice
day out. There is the wee dynamo, the pocket
dynamo, diamonds are worth more than bricks, you know.
Slowly back, sweeps it away. That is nicely on the green.
Former world number one. I think it was 2010 that she won five
tournaments. And here is the current world number four.
Strategically placed Oaktree, they're on our right as we look back
to the tee, it is on the players' left, so once they decide to shift
the flag further left, which I'm sure they will do later in the week,
they really need to shape the ball from right to left to feed it close
to the flag. Towards the back right today.
Well followed. That was a bit bold. It's going to come back a whisker.
That's not too bad. The Championship leader. Though she
have enough club? -- does she have enough club? The gods are with her
today, aren't they? Oh yes! They certainly are. You see, you can't do
anything about that, not a very good tee shot but she ends up making a
nine foot putt for her birdie, she has enough grace to smile and laugh
and say, yes, I did well there! Some people pretend they did it on
purpose, you know. Down the fairway we go, Lydia Ko on
the left, Hull with the longest tee-shot. Ken is there. Just a
little bit below her feet, in a little valley in the green, just
feed it in from the left. It is playing very short, the 18th. She
has 155 left, it is pretty darn short. The breeze is helping. The
back tee, this is a formidable par-4. That was careless, sloppy.
Yes, we have seen a number of loose shots from Lydia Ko today. Very
unlike her. Her poor rounds tend to be around the par mark. Amazingly
soft, big divots, the ball not running very far.
From 152. She is not very happy with that by the look of it. The
presentation as you play up to the 18th green must look terrific from
the fairway, Ken, the hospitality roundabout and the colour scheme and
the whole thing looks grand, doesn't it? Yes, it is framed by the oak
trees and of course the big screens. It is absolutely lovely. What do you
reckon she has took it from here? Can't be anything more than a wedge,
129. The wind looks as though it is left to right. That's a big
tee-shot. I see it landing on the centre of that gap. It might be a
little 9, just depends on what you are trying to do. It is one of those
shots where you don't get it inside 15 feet and you will be a little
disappointed. There she goes again. Keep that one for the harvest
Festival. APPLAUSE That was a good shot. Charley is
putting together a fine finish, birdie at the last and a good chance
of birdie here at 18, that would get her to 3-under. Awkward shot for
Michelle. Michelle Wie. She has played that beautifully. How about
that? That is a gem. One of the shots of the day. I don't know if
she is in trouble with her back or her knee, struggling to walk up the
slope there. We were talking about the caddies
earlier and how they play a big part in the golfer's life. Jim Dawson was
a caddy for Brian waits for many years and I remember him well and I
was with Brian for his great run on the senior Tour, and he's not very
well, so Jim, a lot of your friends here remember you fondly and send
you good wishes and I hope you're on the mend. A good man there in Brian
waits, he made the most of his talent. One of the pearly kings in
the background, by the look of things, but maybe I'm wrong.
You see the girl with the scoreboard, there. It's very
interesting, this experiment going on, Thornton College School in
Woburn have provided the scorers. They are taking some girls from the
school and giving them golf lessons next year. Drop away here, playing
from the edge. Was that the ball finished? Just a little bit up the
slope. Not the greatest lie. Playing with a bit of loft. Interesting.
That was beautifully struck. Just needed to settle down a fraction, it
was always going to come out with a bit of run. Just going the extra
four or five feet past. Now, this is a chance bought Mirim Lee to get to
9-under par. -- for Mirim Lee. Another one. She missed a fairly
short chance at the 12th, but she is now 9-under par and leads by two. It
is an extraordinary round. 9-under after 14.
Now, down in two from here would be something. Because this is not easy.
She has not putted well today. She has hit some good putts that have
not gone in, she has misjudged her line and length. This is a cricket
pitch length away or close to it. Up the hill and down the other side.
This is not easy. Very difficult. If it was a dive it would be a high
tariff one. She has done well, it comes and it comes and it comes.
Very good. Full marks for that one. Started brightly enough, Westberg.
Birdie at the 2nd but then no more after that. A couple of double
bogeys. Two bogeys and a double bogey at the 17th.
It is quite a big green, this final 18th here on the Marquess course. A
couple of slopes, a couple of rolls. It is divided by a spine that runs
across it. This could be a fantastic round for Charley Hull, a nice one
on the 15th and a birdie on the 17th, and this is how you build a
card when your game is not quite there and it could be quite sound
score if she can no urge this in. Up the hill, off the right. And it is
slow, very slow. Not much outside the hole, speed comes into it,
though. If she hits it firmly enough there is not much outside the hole,
but if it dribbles in it could go left. She has done it. It is there.
Well done. Perfect. She has had a scrappy sort of round and turned it
into a pretty good score at the end of the day. No drop shots, four
birdies at the beginning and end of the round. Well done. That is
certainly going to be the best of this trio with a round of 69 because
four Lydia Ko it has been so-so today. Not really got going. Here we
go again, holding up the number of fingers according to pace and break.
You stand either side of it and straddle the line, and subtract the
number you first thought of! This sounds like a drinking game! Just
hope for the best! People do some potty things trying to get the ball
in the hole. Standing this way and that, but that is the magic of the
game. This is a horribly tricky one, across the slope and down the hill.
That slid right across the face of the hole. Three from the edge of the
final hole. It was an untidy score, lots of opportunities, at least five
or six. The world number one. That will spur her on for tomorrow. She
needs to, that is a round of 74. That could be ten shots behind,
could be a long way behind. 67 tomorrow will put her right. This is
just to finish out, she has been a bit adrift of her playing partners.
It has been ugly in the last four holes. Even this is a little bit in
it, you have to hit it firmly, confident strike, rattle it in.
Well, that just hangs onto the right half of the hole, in it goes for a
closing par but a back nine of 40 four Linda Wessberg. Into the warm
embrace of her playing partner but she scores 77, though. Might need
something more than a glass of orange squash to night to ease the
pain. That was a very good round, though, for Charley Hull, those last
two birdies really make it better, 17 and 18, two birdies. She is off
to take a few selfies. All of the organisation that goes in to a
tournament is quite extraordinary. Here is the star of the moment,
driving at the 15th, Mirim Lee. Championship leader by two. She is
9-under. If that's a good one, she's got a chance. Oh! Sit there. Oh, you
don't want to go in there. You might find an old burial ground in there!
9-under 314 and then gets to the par-5 with a fairway as wide as a
field and then she goes into the trees. Mirim Lee is still out in
front, two shots clear. Jutanugarn was one of the morning starters,
finishing with a 65. Stacy Lewis was also a morning player. Azahara Munoz
in that group, on 68. Martin, the winner at Royal Birkdale a couple of
years ago, she is 4-under par. Yani Tseng, five-time major winner. That
is good to see you. And the amateur Maria Parra of Spain, 69, 3-under
par. Carrie Webb was in with a 69 as well. 3-under par. Hazel Court with
her after her round. It's lovely to see you again, and back where it all
started for you, how special is Woburn for you and why? This is
where it all started 21 years ago, as a 20-year-old, I was fortunate
enough to win around here, not on this course obviously but it's been
a long time since we've been here. I think it is great to be back here
and reminisce about how it all started. Is this challenge as
relevant as some of the links courses you have been playing in the
past few years? Is it nice to play parkland and heathland again? I
don't know if it is the same challenge, I guess. I think about
all of the elements a bit more on a links course. And we are used to
playing that, but this is a lovely golf course, and it is a different
challenge. I only got to see the coarse ones which was yesterday.
What was good for me was that I could not get ahead of myself
because I could not remember what the next hole was! So it was just my
second look at it today, and I felt I did pretty well, just with that
scenario being the second luck. I was chatting away earlier, saying
that it cannot be 21 years since you won around here. I remember you
fearlessly going with it with your wraparound shades! I am trying to
display your blushes here, but you have been one of the greatest
players in the women's game, seven Majors. When you look back what are
you most satisfied about with your life? I mean really, it's just a
dream country, I was telling Johnny that when I won here years ago, at
20, you never get ahead of yourself because you are so in the moment,
and it was not until I got to the 18th tee with such a large lead that
I backed off three times because I could not believe I was going to win
the British Open, and to have achieved what I have since then, you
know, my wildest dream has country. It is great to see you back where it
all began. Thanks very much. Thanks for having me. She won in 1995. 69,
3-under par, large group on 3-under par including Yani Tseng and also on
69, we will find down there the name of Charley Hull after her birdie -
birdie finish, 3-under par. We will get her thoughts after that round. A
lovely round of 69 today and are fighting finish, tell us about the
last couple of holes. It was good to finish birdie- birdie, I said to my
caddy, let's make a couple coming in and I did. I'm happy with my round,
I was nervous on the first two because this is my home course, and
it is a pretty easy tee shot and I did not want to screw it up but I'm
happy. Curably play the front nine and my
dad picks me up at the ninth, and, but, I am confident round here, I
play further back because I usually play the lads, it is nice to come in
with 7-irons an stuff, so it is good. Tell me about the crowd. I
know you expressed a bit of reservation about some of your best
mates coming to see you and thinking it might have put you off. How did
you get on with it? I had my best mate James here and my other friend,
she has never been on a golf course before, it was funny, I don't know
how she found it today. It is good though. I am sure you have a long
chat and they will come back and see more over the weekend. Thanks guys.
There is the leaderboard, picking up where we left off with Charley Hull
on 69. Some good late scores as well. They will finish well into the
evening. Emily Pederson 3-under. Catriona Matthew, she finished with
a 70 good back nine. She will be off to Olympics with Charley Hull. Seven
amateurs in the field. Brook endeson, a major winner this year,
just 18. -- Henderson. 71 as well. Minjee Lee, she will be at the
Olympics. The Irish amateur 1-under with three holes to play.
A multinational leaderboard as well. A bit further down, Felicity
Johnson, a round of 72. That is level par.
72 is pretty much mid-table represent built. Melissa Reid round
in 72. Brittany Lang the US Open champion. 72.
Kristina Kim, four holes to go. Level par. Still looking for
something from the final few holes. And we will go to the last hole and
Lexi Thompson. Long putt, we have seen that few times today. Ken
described it beautifully ten minutes ago, coming up over the ridge,
uphill, over the top and on we go. We have only seen one or two players
get it really close, you know, a couple of feet or so away.
Up and over the top, down she comes. Oh, very tidy.
It was a beauty. Lexi Thompson. Struggled a bit at times today.
Few very good shots. But all in all, not bad. Mirim Lee,
I believe this is her third shot. He has got away with that drive which
looked to be heading to the deepest of jungles.
Telling this one to sit down. That is OK, it is a fast putt, bear
in mind where her drive looked to be heading.
Michelle Wie at the final hole, she is 4-over par.
Two putts for a 76. It is dribbling off. Yes, down the right. Everybody
has many missed that putt. It is on a hog's back there, it is, probably
just at the left edge. Or maybe a little bit more than
that. In she goes.
Michelle Wie. Not happy day, but I think she is a
bit wounded, may have tweaked a muscle or something. There you can
see seven at the second, and, umpteen bogeys. Struggle.
Mize is the third member of this group -- Ai Miyazato is the third
member of this group. Beautiful second she played in here.
We haven't seen a better one. This for a three.
Yes. Beautiful. APPLAUSE
Nice way to finish. Started with a birdie, one just
about in the middle and one at the end.
Reach up to hug Michelle Wie. Jump up. Tom forn par.
To -- Tom sob a par, to finish with 72. Might have been better, might
have been worse. In she goes. Work to do tomorrow.
Smiles all round. Think every member of that group will think there were
a few shots left out there. That is the joy of watching women's golf,
they all, 98% of them always look happy to be here.
Which is very refreshing. So Mirim Lee out there really
setting the place alight on the par 15th and two shots clear of
Jutanugarn. Very good scoring.
It is just not playing very long. They have bumped the tees up a bit
and Charley Hull used to playing this course off further back tees.
And so comes down a little bit when players are as accurate as these.
Mirim Lee has got away with things on the 15th. Birdie attempt but a
tricky one. Looking good. Oh, just swung across.
Very fast putt. APPLAUSE
Played long side the golfers, who are both level par. Nine shots
behind their playing partner. The ebullient Christina Kim.
This is Leurquin. This is quick. Another one going to Rio for the
Olympics. Just one Belgian representative for
the women. So tee shot on the 18th and mow
Martin is going very well indeed. In a good position.
Pillar has found the sand. We may find some of these tees put back a
little bit tomorrow, Andrew. They are fobbed irons on, middle irons on
the a lot of holes. Here we go, consulting the book, you would think
it's the simplest thing in the world to know what club to hit from there,
150 odd yards. It is not difficult to work it out. This is why we are
in the situation we are now. The game dying because of slow play.
Club golfers copy. So many book, got to go back in the
library. Pillar is hitting out of the bunker, she is splashing out.
Mow Martin is not the longest hitter at all. She had a won't. Second into
the closing hole at berk dale on her way to victory.
Berkdale on her way to victory. Well, a rescue of so sort. Mind you,
you can get up to a 7-iron with these wooden headed looking club,
can't you. Get that with 18 degrees of loft or
whatever it is. 4-under parks she is going well.
-- par, she going well. Chopped it off. #14r50iding it in.
-- slideling it in. Going to hold the green, just about, no. He will
have benefitted from the course playing short. She is deadly racket.
The most accurate of the tee, but doesn't have a distance of others.
Par put for Mirim Lee, our leader. Escapes with a five, a par.
It looked very gloomy after the tee shot appeared to disappear into the
woods. Look that the card. One, two, three, only about six or seven par,
the rest birdies. Quite extraordinary.
You are right, from the 25-year-old from South Korea, and she is putting
together quite a round, isn't she. We will have to come off the air
very shortly, but I few reflections on what has been a very very good
opening day of this Women's British Open Championship. We saw Jutanugarn
came on with that 7-under for she was among the very early starters
and a host of players giving chase to this youngster from the South
Korea, including Stacy Lewis, a former winner and mow Martin too, a
winner two years ago. Kim also going well in that group at
3-under par, which includes Karrie Webb who we heard from earlier on,
21 years ago since she won this won. So many in that chasing pack
including Charley Hull, Catriona Matthew, also poised at 2-under par
t woman they are chasing is Mirim Lee. So it has been a sun-dappled
day, here at Woburn, and a sparkling round being put together on the
course now. We will have to leave it there, our coverage will resume
tomorrow, at 1.00, with round two coverage, from Woburn, meanwhile
Radio 5 Live set for live coverage on the opening day of the PGA
Championship, the men's final major of the year. Katarina
Johnson-Thompson of Great Britain, aiming to give Jessica Ennis-Hill a
run for her money in the Rio Olympics as we continue our build
up, give herself a fillip with a strong performance at the
anniversary games last week. That is all coming up. We will have to leave
it here at Woburn on the opening day of what is the fourth of five Majors
in the women's calendar, we will be back to share it all with you, one
clock tomorrow and I hope we will have the pleasure of your company
then, from us all here, goodbye.
Live and uninterrupted first-round coverage of a star-studded British Open from Woburn. The fourth major championship of the season has again attracted the world's top players, with Canada's 18-year-old breakthrough star Brooke Henderson vying to add to her incredible PGA Championship title.
Other star names include defending champion Inbee Park, Woburn-based British number one Charley Hull and New Zealand's 19-year-old Lydia Ko, who in April became the youngest two-time major winner in the history of women's golf.
Hazel Irvine introduces the action, with Peter Alliss, Ken Brown, Maureen Madill and Andrew Cotter providing the commentary.