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Women's British Open Under Way

Lee takes early lead at sunny Carnoustie

Posted Jul 29, 2011 by Chris White

Carnoustie is hosting this years competition

Well what a difference a few weeks make! The men’s Open at Royal St George’s was cold, wet and windy, but when Caroline Hedwall got the 2011 Women’s British Open under way when she teed off at Carnoustie at 6:30am yesterday morning, she was greeted by what anybody who watched the men’s tournament would think was a different world!

In actual fact, the blue skies, light breeze and lush green fairways are only around 550 miles north of the Kent course, but the two-time LET event champion could not have asked for better conditions to get her pursuit of the championship underway.

By the end of the first rounds, the leader was Meena Lee from Korea, who carded a 7-under par 65. World number one Yani Tseng was 1-under while Hedwall, winner of the first PowerPlay Golf tournament at Celtic Manor earlier this year, was 3-under par and tied for sixth.

Karrie Webb, the three-time winner of the Women’s British Open – in 1995, 1997 and again in 2002 – ranked number ten in the world, was playing her first round with 1986 champion Laura Davies and world number seven In-Kyung Kim in the group that most people were watching. Webb finished 2-under, while Davies carded a 1-over par round of 73, and Kim closed her opening round 1-under par.

There is no doubt that Hedwall and Tseng are the two favourites for the title, but, having had such a strong opening round, there is no reason why Lee cannot be challenging come Sunday after that first round performance, “lucky” as she described it or not.

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