South Africa’s Laurette Maritz has had a tough start to the opening round of Women’s British Open at Royal Lytham and St Annes.
Maritz carded a 5 over par 77 over the course, made more difficult by recent hot conditions which have swept through much of Europe.
Maritz parred the first two holes, but then bogeyed the next three holes to lie three-over after five holes.
She picked up four birdies, but a double bogey on the 11th and seven bogies along the way made it difficult to find her rhythm. Australia’s Karrie Webb, also struggled, carding a 4 over par 76, including a triple bogey on the 6th hole.
Speaking after carding a two over par 74, American Michelle Wie admitted that an early start and the change from Wednesday’s howling winds to calmer and sunny conditions posed a problem. "It was a little weird," she said.
"My mind set was on hitting low shots. You think you know links golf — but I guess I don’t," added Wie.
Leading women’s player, Sweden’s Annika Sorenstam ended a fair round, her four birdies cancelled by two bogies and one double, to end on an even-par 72.