Michelle Wie Breaks Course Record To Lead Women's British Open

The American had nine birdies in her eight under 64 on Thursday

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The American leads after day one at Kingsbarns thanks to a new course record 64

Michelle Wie Breaks Course Record To Lead Women's British Open

2014 US Women's Open champion Michelle Wie stole the show on day one of the 2017 Women's British Open after shooting a new course record eight under par 64.

The American was one over after three holes after bogeying the par-5 2nd.

She thinned a lob wedge through the back of the green from a "perfect" lay up, but then caught fire with nine birdies to lead after the first round.

KINGSBARNS, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 03: Michelle Wie of the United States plays her second shot on the fourth hole during the first round of the Ricoh Women's British Open at Kingsbarns Golf Links, on August 3, 2017 in Kingsbarns, Scotland. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

After her round, Wie said, "The fact that they said I got the course record, that's a huge honour for me, especially at a place like Kingsbarns.

Related: Kingsbarns Golf Links course review

“It’s so gorgeous here.

“When the weather is nice, it almost felt like I was playing back home in Hawaii with the views and everything. I feel like I got extremely lucky with the conditions out there.”

She leads by one from In-Kyung Kim, with Lindy Duncan a further stroke back at six under.

England's Mel Reid shot five under par to sit in a tie for fourth after day one.

Michelle Wie Breaks Course Record To Lead Women's British Open

The 29-year-old had seven birdies and two bogeys on her way to an opening 67.

Reid's compatriot Jodi Ewart Shadoff is also at five under.

World number two Lexi Thompson was another to card a five under 67.

Dame Laura Davies is at four under, alongside Charley Hull.

It wasn't the day for home favourite Catriona Matthew who came in with a four over 76.

The 2009 Women's British Open winner was three over after three and then four over after seven, before 11 closing pars.

Sweden's Anna Nordvqist, who didn't even know if she'd play after being diagnosed with glandular fever, shot a superb four under par 68.

The number one ranked amateur Leona Maguire, from Ireland, carded a three under 69.

Elliott Heath
Elliott Heath

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.

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