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Women's British Open 2016: Thursday Leaderboard Scores and LPGA Highlights

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistJuly 28, 2016

Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn plays from the 18th fairway on the first day of the 2016 Women's British Open Golf Championships at Woburn Golf Club in central England, on July 28, 2016. / AFP / GEOFF CADDICK        (Photo credit should read GEOFF CADDICK/AFP/Getty Images)
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South Korea's Mirim Lee opened her 2016 Women's British Open campaign with a sensational round of 10-under 62 to take the lead at Woburn Golf and Country Club in Milton Keynes, England.

Lee sits three shots ahead of Ariya Jutanugarn, who also impressed greatly, finishing at seven under. Shanshan Feng shot six under, while Mi Hyang Lee and Stacy Lewis carded rounds of five-under to stay within distance of Thursday's top performers.

Here's a look at the current leaderboard:

Women's British Open Leaderboard
PosPlayerTo ParRound 1 Score
1Mirim Lee-1062
2Ariya Jutanugarn-765
3Shanshan Feng-666
T-4Mi Hyang Lee-567
T-4Stacy Lewis-567
T-6Mo Martin-468
T-6Azahara Munoz-468
T-6Alena Sharp-468
T-6Sarah Jane Smith-468
T-6Ha Na Jang-468
LPGA.com

For the full leaderboard, visit the LPGA's official website.

    

Recap

Lee came out firing on Thursday, claiming the top spot on the leaderboard after an impressive round of golf that included a run of five birdies in six holes.

The 25-year-old, who hasn't won an LPGA Tour event since 2014, was flawless from the tee and took advantage of the relatively short course at Woburn, coming within a single shot of the lowest-ever round at a women's major. 

Golf Channel shared this image of her scorecard, highlighting her remarkable run:

Golf Channel @GolfChannel

Excuse me, what?! Mirim Lee is going wild at Woburn 😳😳 https://t.co/CDJUzfxnvX

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And it didn't end there, as she would birdie the 14th as well to take her score to nine-under. Another birdie followed on the 17th, taking her lead to three shots.

Rising star Jutanugarn, who already has three LPGA Tour wins under her belt this season, continued her fine form on Thursday with an excellent round of seven-under 65. The 20-year-old didn't drop a single shot, and with four birdies on the front nine and three more on the back nine, she really made an impact.

What made her performance all the more impressive is she's she's playing without a driver, and as shared by Golf Channel's Randall Mell, she's still putting up sensational numbers from the tee:

Randall Mell @RandallMellGC

Ariya Jutanugarn shot 65 at Women's British w/o a driver in her bag again, cracking 3-woods & 2-irons & is still 3rd in drive distance today

It's not just her raw power that stood out:

Randall Mell @RandallMellGC

Midway thru 1st round, @jutanugarn (65) is 3rd in driving distance, 4th in FWs hit, 3rd in GIR & 5th in putting. Good luck beating that!

Feng also carded a bogey-free round, using a run of four straight birdies on the front nine to power to a round of six-under. Jenny Money had some slight struggles toward the end of her round, mainly from the tee, which stopped her from grabbing a share of second place. But she easily battled her way out of every setback and seems to be in a prime position to contend for the title.

The excellent weather conditions at Woburn meant a whole host of players opened with low-scoring rounds, including Lewis, who also shot a flawless round and made five birdies to finish with a score of five-under.

WOBURN, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 28:  Shanshan Feng of China hits her second shot on the 1st hole during the first round of the 2016 Ricoh Women's British Open on July 28, 2016 in Woburn, England.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
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The two-time major winner didn't impress from the tee, but her short game and approaches were tremendous. Lewis hasn't won an LPGA Tour event since 2014, but she played a big role in the United States' International Crown win and appears to have carried that momentum into the British Open.

As shared by the LPGA's official Twitter account, Jutanugarn's strong play didn't hurt, either, per Lewis:

LPGA @LPGA

“Her hot start got me motivated”-Stacy Lewis (67) playing w/ A. Jutanugarn @RICOHWomensBrit https://t.co/YvCEM3gpv6 https://t.co/DNW6dLX8ek

Alena Sharp and Mo Martin were among a host of players finishing the day at four under, while Lexi Thompson and Michelle Wie both suffered dreadful starts, ending their rounds at even par and four over, respectively. The former double-bogeyed the first, and the latter suffered the same fate on the second, greatly hampering their odds of winning the title.

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