Long-ball hitter Laura Davies led the field at 4-under-par along with fellow Englishwoman Joanna Head and native Scot Janice Moodie. Of the three leaders Head was the only player to complete her round.
Having lived in Sunningdale, the 28-year-old Head has played the course thousands of times. Today that local knowledge came into play as she recorded six birdies and two bogeys during her round.
Last year I had seven rounds in four days. Ive got to know the greens quite well, Head said.
I think today its (local knowledge) helped me a lot, because there have been lots of tricky pins out there, and knowing the greens so well has helped so much. I see some breaks that I wouldnt have seen when I played here the first time four years ago for the British Open.
Dorothy Delasin finished her round at 1-under-par 71 after making a slew of birdies and an eagle on No. 2, a 475-yard par 5 hole.
Delasin opened with flawless golf, raising her score to 6-under by the time she reached the par-4 7th. After bringing seven holes of Royal Berkshire to its knees, her game went unexpectedly awry on the 164-yard par-3 8th.
I was playing solid golf and everything was going right until the bunker on the eighth when I didnt get it up and down, Delasin said.
For a moment it looked as if the winner of two back-to-back Giant Eagle LPGA titles would recover. Then a double-bogey ensued on the 11th and it was all down hill from there.
Delasin would not make another birdie during Thursdays round. She did, however, go on to record three more painful bogeys before ending the day just shy of par.
The harder I tried, the worse it got ' just like quicksand,' said Delasin.
Check out Delasin's up and down scorecard!
This is my first time playing over here. I have to remember to hit it expecting a roll. Todays mistakes were mental mistakes. I need to get my mind in gear.
Former British Open champion Karrie Webb was lucky enough to finish her round Thursday, although she may wish she had not.
After an impressive start, Webb ended the day on a sour note at 2-over-par 74, closing with five bogeys on the backside. Four birdies on the front nine, which Webb considers the easiest holes on the golf course were not enough to make up for a total of seven bogeys in her round. It just wasnt very good, Webb said.
I just played bad. It happens.
Click here for full-field scores from the Women's British Open!