WOBURN, England – England’s own Charley Hull and Rolex world No. 1 Lydia Ko were the featured attractions in Thursday’s start to the Ricoh Women’s British Open.
Hull, playing at her home club, got herself in early contention, posting a 3-under-par 69.
Ko never really found her rhythm, struggling to a 74 while playing the entire back nine “on the clock” after the grouping got a slow-play warning at the ninth hole.
A large gallery turned out at the first tee to watch.
“I do feel the pressure,” Hull said of being the hometown favorite. “Honestly, the first tee shot today was probably the most nervous I've ever been on a golf course, and I never usually get nervous, so it was quite weird.”
Hull birdied her last two holes to finish strong.
Ko was impressed at the large gallery turning out.
“It's always cool to play with the hometown favorite, a hometown girl like Charley,” Ko said. “She played great golf. So, I think the fans had a great time. It was just great, the numbers, for a Thursday, and it’s only going to get bigger and bigger.”