Michelle Wie holds off England's Melissa Reid for British Open lead

Michelle Wie holds off England's Melissa Reid for British Open lead”

Lydia Ko has sneaked into the weekend at the British women's Golf Open at Kingsbarns.

South Korean In-Kyung Kim leads the field on 11 under, followed by Georgia Hall and Lexi Thompson on nine under. Some played the Scottish Open the week before at Dundonald Links, while others made a decision to take the week off, but most have spent their mornings and afternoons on the course practicing those tricky shots around the green. "I think this was kind of as bad as the weather could get".

The powerful youngster didn't use the golfer's biggest weapon a year ago and she said: "This time it will also stay in the locker". Regardless of reason, her solid play has positioned her for a third win this season and first major title. She has 12 top-10 performances in majors under her belt, including three in this championship. I expected rain, but not like this.

"My mindset when putting has changed, especially when I practice, something Finchy has taught me to enjoy", Ryu said.

"I love the golf course", Thompson said.

"I didn't know what this course was going to bring".

"Kevin has helped with my decision-making on basically every hole", said Thompson. "Got to go out there and make birdies and climb back up there".

Kim started strongly with five birdies in her first eight holes but slowed after the turn, with three birdies offset by a single bogey as the rising wind began to have an impact. I've been hitting the ball very well and then starting to make some putts. Wie has not won since the 2014 US Women's Open. It's paid off for the American, who is more of a feel than technical player, and heavily relies on McAlpine for guidance, as well as bit of levity. "I've said I'm fine in the past and then something has happened".

As for Thompson, the big-hitting Floridian relied less on the yardage book and more on her caddie.

Beginning four off the pace, Hall surged up the leaderboard with four consecutive birdies from the second and cancelled out a blemish at the ninth with a gain at the par-five next.

"I have experienced many different courses and that has really widened my technical range. That is certainly helping me at the moment".

Hall has come under the wing of legend Gary Player, having played in his Invitational Pro Am at Wentworth recently. But, helped by some ideal preparation in last week's Scottish Open at Dundonald, she led the way on a day when the world's best players found the Kyle Phillips-designed course scoreable without really bringing it to its knees. "The views were just so spectacular here, you kind of get lost in the view sometimes". "I would have taken that at the start but maybe not after nine holes, when I was three-under", said the Dunblane woman, who is based these days in Portugal.

After bogeying one her second hole of the day, Wie fired off nine birdies - six of them in the last nine holes.

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