How it happened: Pressel, Lennarth share British lead
The biggest storyline entering the Ricoh Women's British Open was Inbee Park's pursuit of a fourth major this season. Park played as usual during the front nine at St. Andrews, but the rare double bogey at No. 16 (and back-to-back three-putts) bumped her to 3-under 69. She ended the day tied for 18th.
The biggest story of the day was Madison Pressel's 6-under 66, a score that looked as if it would hold up for the lead for much of the afternoon. Sweden's Camilla Lennarth birdied No. 18 in one of the last groups of the day, however, to slide in next to Pressel for a share of the lead.
Here's how the day unfolded at the home of golf:
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Update No. 34, 3:26 p.m.
With a birdie at the final home Sweden's Camilla Lennarth has reached a share of the lead with Morgan Pressel.
Update No. 33, 1:51 p.m.
Eun-Hee Ji has dropped a shot with a bogey at No. 13. She's now a shot behind leader Morgan Pressel. Meanwhile, American Sydnee Michaels has birdied Nos. 14-16 to reach 5 under, too.
Update No. 32, 1:17 p.m.
Eun-Hee Ji remains on the verge of overtaking Morgan Pressel. She has parred Nos. 11 and 12 and remains 6 under.
Update No. 31, 1 p.m.
Also climbing the leaderboard this afternoon: American Mikaela Parmlid, 2011 LPGA Rookie of the Year Hee-Kyung Seo and Swedes Permilla Lindberg and Camilla Lennarth. All are tied for eighth at 4 under, two shots off the lead.
Update No. 30, 12:52 p.m.
A sixth birdie for Eun-Hee Ji at the 10th. She's now tied for the lead with Morgan Pressel.
Update No. 29, 12:42 p.m.
Eun-Hee Ji is the first player to make a real run in the afternoon wave. Ji, who won the 2009 U.S. Women's Open, just turned with a 5-under 31.
Update No. 28, 12:24 p.m.
Ryann O'Toole continues to hove at 5 under, one shot back of leader Morgan Pressel. She didn't make a birdie after No. 14, and is in the clubhouse with 67, the fifth of the day
Update No. 27, 11:56 a.m.
Thanks to back-to-back bogeys at Nos. 15 and 16, Angela Stanford has dropped down the leaderboard to a tie for 13th at 3 under.
Update No. 26, 11:37 a.m.
With a par at No. 18, Morgan Pressel is the new leader in the clubhouse with 66. With a dwindling number of players still on the course for Round 1, that score should hold. Ryann O'Toole (5 under) and Lizette Salas (4 under) still in position to tie or go lower.
Update No. 25, 11:20 a.m.
English amateur Georgia Hall has snuck up the leaderboard. She's in with 4-under 68. Hall has been selected for the European Junior Solheim Cup team – she recently won the British Ladies Amateur.
Update No. 21, 11:05 a.m.
The calm, mild weather at St. Andrews is still holding up for the players in the afternoon wave. Morgan Pressel remains at the top of the leaderboard at 6 under, and Angela Stanford has climbed into a five-way tie for second, at 5 under.
Update No. 20, 10:45 a.m.
Morgan Pressel is the new leader on the course. She is 6 under through 15 holes.
Update No. 19, 10:13 a.m.
A large number of players are hovering at 4 under, right behind the foursome tied for the lead. Those players include Danielle Kang, Lizette Salas, Angela Stanford, Ayako Uehara, Morgan Pressel and Ryann O'Toole. Also tied for fifth, but already in clubhouse, are Paula Creamer and Liz Young.
Update No. 18, 10 a.m.
Angela Stanford is making a run up the leaderboard. Stanford, a lock for the U.S. Solheim Cup team, wasn't sure she would play the Ricoh Women's British Open until the last minute. She's 4 under through 11, and tied for fifth.
Update No. 17, 9:41 a.m.
Danielle Kang, 21, is bogey free through her first 15 holes. Kang has four birdies and is tied for fifth. The two-time U.S. Women's Amateur champion (2010, '11) has played the Ricoh Women's British Open twice before, and made the cut in 2011 (T-49).
Update No. 16, 9:32 a.m.
Nicole Castrale becomes the fourth player to post a first-round 67. Castrale, still chasing a spot on the U.S. Solheim Cup team, birdied No. 10 to start the back nine, bogeyed No. 15 and had all pars other than that.
Update No. 15, 9:27 a.m.
The back nine at St. Andrews was not nearly as kind to Katie Burnett as the front side. She bogeyed three of her final four holes and finished with 3-under 69. She's still in a tie for eighth.
Update No. 14, 8:54 a.m.
A third player is in the clubhouse with 5-under 67. Mi-Jeong Jeon had six birdies and one bogey. She's No. 24 in the Rolex Rankings.
Update No. 13, 8:40 a.m.
Thai teen Moriya Jutanugarn, leader of the LPGA Rookie of the Year race, is 3 under through 12 holes and tied for eighth. Speaking of young players, LET rookie Charley Hull is 1 over after eight holes.
Update No. 12, 8:29 a.m.
The entire field still isn't on the course, but an update on other notables: Jodi Ewart Shadoff, who played with Inbee Park, is in with 76, Karrie Webb shot 74, Catriona Matthew (one of two Scots in the field) is 2 under after six holes.
Update No. 11, 8:21 a.m.
Another bogey for Katie Burnett at No. 15. Nicole Castrale is the solo leader at 6 under.
Update No. 10, 8:09 a.m.
Katie Burnett briefly dropped off the top of the leaderboard with a bogey at No. 13, but recovered with a birdie at No. 14. She and Castrale remain at 6 under.
Update No. 9, 7:43 a.m.
Na Yeon Choi birdied the 18th to get to 5 under, and now shares the clubhouse lead with Stacy Lewis.
Update No. 8, 7:34 a.m.
Now on the board: young Lydia Ko. The 16-year-old is in with 69, so tied with Inbee Park. Ko chose to play the Women's British this week rather than come stateside to Charleston, S.C., for a U.S. Women's Amateur title defense.
Update No. 7, 7:30 a.m.
Katie Burnett is hanging on to her lead, which is admirable from a young player. This is just the eighth LPGA start for Burnett this year, and it's her second major start (she also played Wegmans). Burnett has never played in the Ricoh Women's British Open before.
Update No. 6, 7:14 a.m.
Another player has tied for the lead: Nicole Castrale. A birdie at No. 11 helped the 34-year-old get to 6 under. Castrale is a former American Solheim Cupper.
Update No. 5, 6: 54 a.m.
Inbee is now finished with her round, and stands at 3-under 69 after ending with a birdie at No. 18. She has the third lowest score in the clubhouse, but is tied for eighth on the leaderboard. Inbee's 69 is her second lowest first-round score in the three majors she's already won this year. She opened with 67 at the U.S. Women's Open.
Update No. 4, 6:44 a.m.
Scores beginning to come in. Stacy Lewis is the leader in the clubhouse with 5-under 67 (only one bogey), and Paula Creamer is next with 68 (bogey-free).
Update No. 3, 6:31 EDT
Inbee Park seems to have lost her mojo this morning. She made an uncharacteristic double-bogey at No. 16 and followed with bogey at No. 17. Remember that Inbee did not have anything higher than bogey in her U.S. Women's Open victory. Suddenly she has dropped to 3 under and is tied for eighth.
Update No. 2, 6:20 EDT
Newby professional Katie Burnett, a 2012 South Carolina graduate, has climbed to the top of the leaderboard after playing the front nine one better than Inbee Park. Burnett had six birdies and no bogeys for a front-nine 30 that puts her in the lead.
Update No. 1, 6:10 EDT
Inbee Park's round is well under way and her front nine isn't surprising. Park birdied five holes in the first half of her round (Nos. 1, 3, 4, 6, 8), and turned at 5-under 31.
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