Tracker: Uehara (68) leads Women's British Open

Ayako Uehara during the first round of the 2014 Ricoh Women's British Open at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, England.

Defending champion Stacy Lewis shook off a couple of early bogeys and carded a 1-under 71 Thursday during the first round of the Ricoh Women's British Open.

Yet, it was Ayako Uehara who shot three shots better than Lewis, the world's top-ranked player, and posted a 68 at Royal Birkdale. Uehara leads Mo Martin by a shot.

As for this year's previous two major winners, Lexi Thompson shot 72 while Michelle Wie struggled to a 75.

See how it all unfolded Thursday in Southport, England:

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Update #33: 11:45 a.m. ET

Paula Creamer pars the two closing par 5s for a first-round 3-over 75 while her playing competitor Lydia Ko finishes with a 72.

Also shooting 72 was Inbee Park.

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Update #32: 11:08 a.m. ET

Paula Creamer birdies Nos. 15-16 to get back to 3 over; the birdies were her second and third of the round.

Also, playing alongside Creamer, Lydia Ko birdied the 16th to move to 1 under.

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Update #31: 10:45 a.m. ET

After a rough start with a double bogey and two bogeys in her first five holes, Jessica Korda is now even par. She just birdied the par-4 16th and will now get two par 5s to close her round.

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Update #30: 10:14 a.m. ET

Three birdies in her last five holes have gotten Jessica Korda back to 1 over, where she currently shares 25th place with Inbee Park, Charley Hull, Laura Davies and others.

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Update #29: 10:05 a.m. ET

Mo Martin birdies the par-5 18th, one of her five birdies today, to wrap up a 3-under 69. She's one shot back of clubhouse leader Ayako Uehara.

The 31-year-old Martin's best Women's British Open finish came in 2012 when she finished solo 57th.

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Update #28: 9:29 a.m. ET

Mina Harigae and Sarah Kemp join Morgan Pressel in the clubhouse at 2 under. The pair have combined to miss seven cuts in eight Women's British Open starts.

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Update #27: 9:16 a.m. ET

Ai Miyazato and Lydia Ko both make the turn at 1 under while their playing competitor, Paula Creamer, cards a 4-over 39 on the front at Royal Birkdale.

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Update #26: 8:50 a.m. ET

Stacy Lewis, the world's top-ranked player and defending Women's British Open champion, carded a 1-under 71 this morning. Above are her thoughts about her opening round at Royal Birkdale, which has her three shots off the current clubhouse lead.

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Update #25: 8:25 a.m. ET

Through five holes, Paula Creamer is 5 over as she's added bogeys at Nos. 2, 3 and 5 to her opening double bogey. Her playing competitor, Lydia Ko, is 1 under through five. Ko has a birdie at the third and no bogeys so far today.

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Update #24: 7:34 a.m. ET

Paula Creamer misses a short bogey putt at the par-4 first hole, opening with double bogey.

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Update #23: 7:29 a.m. ET

Sixteen players have played the par-5 18th hole today. So far, the hole has yielded nine birdies and just one bogey.

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Update #22: 7:15 a.m. ET

Eighty-one players have played at least one hole right now. Former World No. 1 Yani Tseng is solo 80th. She's 9 over through 16 holes today.

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Update #21: 7:10 a.m. ET

Here's an updated look at the top 10 players in the Rolex Rankings:

  • 1. Stacy Lewis, 1-under 71
  • 2. Lydia Ko, on first hole
  • 3. Inbee Park, even thru 3
  • 4. Suzann Pettersen, even thru 1
  • 5. Lexi Thompson, even-par 72
  • 6. Michelle Wie , 3-over 75
  • 7. Karrie Webb, even-par 72
  • 8. So Yeon Ryu, tees off at 1:27 p.m. local time
  • 9. Shanshan Feng, 2 over thru 15
  • 10. Cristie Kerr, on first hole

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Update #20: 7:05 a.m. ET

Michelle Wie has now bogeyed two of her past four holes and is 4 over heading to the par-5 18th.

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Update #19: 6:58 a.m. ET

Charley Hull, the 18-year-old who missed the cut at the Women's British in both 2012 and '13, double-bogeyed her opening hole, the par-4 first, and bogeyed the second. She also bogeyed the 18th, but managed to shoot 1-over 73, going bogey-free with three birdies from hole Nos. 3-17.

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Update #18: 6:53 a.m. ET

Ayako Uehara birdies the par-5 18th to finish off a 4-under 68. She's the clubhouse leader by two shots over Morgan Pressel. Stacy Lewis, the defending champ, just wrapped up an opening-round 71 and is three shots back. Lewis went bogey-free on the back nine, where she posted a 2-under 35.

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Update #17: 6:49 a.m. ET

Lexi Thompson closes with birdies at the par-5 17th and the par-5 18th to finish with an opening-round even-par 72. She's three shots back of Ayako Uehara, who leads at 3 under entering the 18th.

Morgan Pressel, who was tied for the lead at 3 under, dropped back to 2 under after a bogey at the 16th.

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Update #16: 6:22 a.m. ET

Morgan Pressel rejoins Ayako Uehara in the lead at 3 under after a birdie at the par-5 15th, one of three par 5s in the final four holes at Royal Birkdale.

Also, Holly Clyburn, Karrie Webb and Florentyna Parker are the first players in the clubhouse. Clyburn carding a 1-under 71, Webb a 72 and Parker a 76.

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Update #15: 6:20 a.m. ET

Michelle Wie bogeys the par-3 14th to fall back to 3 over. Wie is making her ninth Women's British Open start this week. She tied for third and earned low-amateur honors in her first Women's British Open, in 2005 at the age of 15. That's her only top 10 at the event, but she has made five straight cuts.

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Update #14: 6:14 a.m. ET

World No. 1 and defending champion Stacy Lewis is now solo third at 1 under after birdies at the par-3 12th and most recently at the par-5 15th.

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Update #13: 5:57 a.m. ET

Morgan Pressel's bogey at the par-4 13th drops her out of the lead and back to 2 under. That was her first bogey of the tournament.

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Update #12: 5:27 a.m. ET

Already a major champion this season, Lexi Thompson has had a colorful scorecard so far today. Thompson has four bogeys and two birdies in 14 holes, including two bogeys and a birdie in her last four.

The 19-year-old Thompson missed the cut last year at the Women's British after tying for 17th in 2012.

Also at 2 over is Michelle Wie, the 2014 U.S. Women's Open champion who has 10 top-10 finishes this season.

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Update #11: 5:22 a.m. ET

After Ayako Uehara birdies the par-3 12th to move to 3 under, Morgan Pressel joins her after a birdie at the par-4 11th.

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Update #10: 4:57 a.m. ET

Making her first Women's British Open start, 18-year-old Ariya Jutanugarn birdies the par-4 third hole to get to 1 under early in her round.

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Update #9: 4:52 a.m. ET

Cheyenne Woods is now 1 over after back-to-back bogeys, at Nos. 8-9. Before those two bogeys, Woods was bogey-free through seven holes.

Also over par are Lexi Thompson and Michelle Wie, who are both 2 over and through 11 and 10 holes, respectively.

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Update #8: 4:33 a.m. ET

Morgan Pressel birdies the par-4 eighth to join Ayako Uehara in the lead at 2 under. Pressel, the 2007 Kraft Nabisco Championship winner, is still bogey-free through eight holes today.

Last year, Pressel notched her best finish at the Ricoh Women's British Open, tying for fourth. She has one other top 10 in eight starts at the Women's British (eighth, 2010).

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Update #7: 4:25 a.m. ET

Paula Creamer, who will tee off at 11:48 a.m. local time alongside Ai Miyazato and Lydia Ko, was recently nominated for Best Play at the 2014 ESPYS, ESPN's annual awards show which will be held later this month.

Creamer won the HSBC Women's Champions with a 75-foot eagle putt, and she asks for your vote in the above video. You can watch video of the putt by clicking here, and vote for Paula here: http://espn.go.com/espys/2014/

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Update #6: 4:22 a.m. ET

A slew of big names at 1 over right now, including Lexi Thompson, Stacy Lewis and Anna Nordqvist. One name that was just at 1 over is Stephanie Meadow. The former Alabama standout double-bogeyed the par-4 ninth to drop back to 3 over.

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Update #5: 4:04 a.m. ET

Of the 36 players currently on the course, just five have yet to make a bogey. Two of them, Morgan Pressel and Cheyenne Woods, are tied for second at 1 under. Pressel is through six holes while Woods is through five.

Click here to read Beth Ann Nichols' column on Woods after she won her first pro event on the Ladies European Tour in February.

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Update #4: 3:57 a.m. ET

Ayako Uehara, ranked 125th in the Rolex Rankings, birdies the par-4 eighth to grab the lead at 2 under. She has three birdies in her last four holes.

Also, World No. 1 Stacy Lewis birdies Nos. 5-6 to get back to even par after a slow start while Karrie Webb is also even par after a birdie at the par-4 ninth.

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Update #3: 3:30 a.m. ET

Cheyenne Woods is currently 169th in the Rolex Rankings while Gwladys Nocera is 82nd. They both share the early lead over 25 other players currently on the course, including five players ranked inside of the top 10 in the world rankings.

Here's how those players are doing so far:

  • 1. Stacy Lewis, 1 over thru 5
  • 5. Lexi Thompson, 2 over thru 6
  • 6. Michelle Wie, even thru 4
  • 7. Karrie Webb, 1 over thru 6
  • 9. Shanshan Feng, 1 over thru 1

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Update #2: 3:24 a.m. ET

Cheyenne Woods birdies the par-4 third hole for her first birdie of the day and the second birdie so far this morning at No. 4. Woods now is tied for the lead with Gwladys Nocera, who has birdied two straight holes, Nos. 5-6.

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Update #1: 3:08 a.m. ET

Nine players are currently tied for the lead at even par early at Royal Birkdale, including Karrie Webb, Cheyenne Woods and 2014 U.S. Open champion Michelle Wie. Wie bogeyed her opening hole, but quickly responded with birdie at the par-4 second hole. She's now through three holes this morning.

As for world No. 1 Stacy Lewis, she is 2 over through five holes.

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Tournament preview

Check out this Women's British Open preview video from LPGA.com featuring Golfweek's Beth Ann Nichols.

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