The Ricoh Women’s British Open is well and truly under way on a sunny but cold and breezy morning at Royal Liverpool Golf Club.
With an unprecedented two-tee start taking place due to the September date, Azahara Munoz struck the first tee shot from hole-one in near darkness at 7am while New Zealand amateur Lydia Ko started proceedings from the 10th.
A chilly breeze was blowing in from the River Dee but the clouds lifted by mid morning and the links were bathed in sunlight as the early starters made the turn.
Paula Creamer played the back nine in 35, two under par, with three birdies on the 10th, 13th and 16th and one bogey on the 14th. She made a great sand save on 17 but missed short birdie putts on 16 and 18.
She was tied with English Curtis Cup player Charley Hull, who birdied the second and the fifth and Ko: the number one amateur in the world.
Ko played the back nine in one under 36 with birdies on the 10th and 16th against a bogey on 11 but made another birdie on the first hole.
The 15-year-old won the US Amateur and the Canadian Open last month, a full event on the LPGA Tour.
Australian veteran Karrie Webb was also tied for the lead after six holes, having picked up shots at the 12th and the 15th.
Webb is a three-time winner of this event at Woburn in 1995, Sunningdale in 1997 and Turnberry, 10 years ago in 2002.
photos Janos Schmidt