Date: July 31, 2015
Author: Mark Hayes

Lee firm as Webb backfires

It was one of the least Karrie Webb-like rounds imaginable and has left the three-time Women’s British Open on the brink of missing the cut.

Webb, out in relatively calm conditions early in round one at Turnberry, fired an eight-over-par 80 to fall 15 shots adrift of South Korean leader Hyo Joo-kim in the fourth women's major of the year.

But it wasn’t all bad news for Australia with boom Perth teenager Minjee Lee again prominent, shooting a three-under-par 69 to sit T14 on a hot day of scoring.

Victorian Stacey Keating fought back well to card an inward 34 en route to a 71, while last week’s LET winner Rebecca Artis, of New South Wales, looked set to be prominent until a double-bogey seven on the 17th sent her back to even par.

Melbourne’s Su Oh suffered a bad mid-round spell to drift to five over, while New South Wales star Sarah Kemp also fell away late to consign herself to trouble at seven over.

But it was Webb who caught the headlines.

The Queenslander, champion at the famous Scottish west coast links in 2002, began with a double-bogey, but fought back to be one over through four holes.

But that’s where the trouble kicked in. A second double on the fifth was compounded by a quadruple-bogey on the eighth which was book-ended by two more bogeys to send her out in an almost inconceivable 45.

The seven-time major champ consolidated and hit back with two birdies in an inward nine of 35, but the damage has most likely been done with a second day charge her only hope to play the weekend.

Kim produced the shot and the round of the day to lead by one stroke from New Zealand star Lydia Ko and American Cristie Kerr.

The Korean shot a 65 to raise her hopes of adding a second major to her victory in the 2014 Evian Championship.

At Evian, the 20-year-old shot a 10-under 61 in the first round – the joint lowest round in women’s major championship history – and she again proved an opening-day specialist with a flawless round of five birdies and an eagle.

The eagle came at the 408m par-five 14th where she hit a second shot to inside 30cm.

"I almost made an albatross," said a delighted Kim, who has won six times on the Korean LPGA Tour and was not even a member of the LPGA when she won the Evian title.



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