Aditi Ashok had a mixed day with four birdies and four bogeys as she carded an even par 72 on the opening day of the 2018 Ricoh Women’s British Open late on Thursday. Aditi, who had to play in the morning rain seemed to be alternating birdies with bogeys almost through the entire day at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.
Aditi, who has been having mixed results, including two Top-10s this season, has played two of the earlier Majors this year. She missed the cut at ANA Inspiration, but made the cut though she was low down in T-63rd place. This week she was placed T-45 after the first round.
Aditi was drawn in the morning wave, which was far more difficult than the afternoon session, which saw near perfect conditions and produced a lot of low scores.
Australia’s Minjee Lee carded a 7-under 65 en route to the first-round lead. The round highlighted by an eagle-3 at No. 15, ties Lytham’s 18-hole championship record, previously set by Grace Park from the second round in 2003 and Lorena Ochoa in third round in 2006.
Lee holds a one-shot lead over Mamiko Higa, a star on the Japan LPGA, and a two-stroke advantage over English favorite Georgia Hall, two-time major winner Sung Hyun Park, Teresa Lu, Mi Hyang Lee and Pornanong Phatlum.
Lee is seeking to become the first Australian major champion since Karrie Webb at the 2006 Kraft Nabisco Championship.
World No. 1 Ariya Jutanugarn shot 71 and was T-28, while her sister, Moriya (69) was T-11. Lydia Ko (68) was Tied-8th.