Mirim Lee carded a course-record 62 at Woburn Golf and Country Club to lead after the first round of the Ricoh Women’s British Open on Thursday.
Th 25-year-old opened with three birdies in her first four holes and never looked back. She closed her outward loop with three consecutive birdies at the seventh, eighth and ninth to make the turn at six-under-par.
The South Korean’s homeward stretch started with birdies at the 10th and 11th before she sank further ones at the 14th and 17th to make the clubhouse on 10-under-par.
The two-time LPGA Tour winner holds a three-shot lead over Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn, who was in second on her own at seven-under-par.
World number one Lydia Ko opened with a round of 74 and has some work to do on Friday to make the weekend, while Brooke Henderson fared better and carded a round of 71.
The best-placed South African after the first round was Ashleigh Simon on one-under-par. Paula Reto and Lee-Anne Pace both opened with rounds of 73.