By Tony Webeck
US Women’s Open champion Minjee Lee is just three strokes from the lead following the opening round of the AIG Women’s Open at Muirfield in Scotland.
Muirfield’s first staging of this Championship has generated considerable excitement and fans were certainly not left disappointed on Thursday as scoring proved lower than many had anticipated despite the presence of a stiff breeze for much of the day.
Hinako Shibuno, the Champion of 2019 at Woburn, was the class of the field, carding eight birdies on her way to a six-under 65 that put her one ahead of American Jessica Korda and two better than Louise Duncan and Mexico’s Gaby Lopez.
World No.2 Lee also started strongly, shooting 68 to share fifth with Maja Stark, In Gee Chun, Celine Boutier and Jodi Ewart Shadoff, while 2015 Champion Inbee Park ended the day a shot further back.