Lee's 10-birdie 62 a 'perfect' start to British Open

WOBURN (ENGLAND) • South Korea's Lee Mi Rim admitted that "everything was perfect" after she shot a course record 10-under 62 to lead the first round of the women's British Open on Thursday.

The stunning 10-birdie round earned her a three-shot lead over Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn.

China's Feng Shanshan was in third place on 66 despite almost missing her tee-off time.

For Lee, who equalled the championship record set by Minea Blomqvist at Sunningdale in 2004, the immediate goal is not to stage a repeat of her experience at this month's US Women's Open.

She had led after a first-round 64 at Cordevalle in California but then took 10 shots more on day two on her way to finishing tied 11th.

And the two-time career winner was wary of taking anything for granted. After a round one outside the record for a women's Major - South Korea's Kim Hyo Joo shot 61 in the first round of the 2014 Evian Championship - she warned: "Today was great, but it is only the first round."

Jutanugarn, 20, had a flawless 65.

She has had a great run in this season's three Majors to date. She finished fourth in the ANA Inspiration, third at the Women's PGA Championship and tied 17th at the US Women's Open. "This week is really important to me," she said. "My goal right now, even one time in my life, is to win a Major."

Feng had a scare when she nearly missed her starting time. She jumped out of the buggy taking her from the putting green to the tee and ran the final 60 metres.

"I miscalculated the rides between the range, the practice putting green and the course," she said. "I made it with about 30 seconds to spare."

But she still managed to hit a decent tee shot and went on to make six birdies.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 30, 2016, with the headline 'Lee's 10-birdie 62 a 'perfect' start to British Open'. Print Edition | Subscribe