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A mixed bag of weather

SOUTHPORT, England - Day 1 of the Women's British Open has brought a mixed bag of weather and, although the sun is shining, at times it’s still rather chilly. Players were wrapped-up warm this morning, especially those unlucky enough to be out early; the first tee time was 6.30 a.m.

Juli Inkster was out in the second group, which wasn't particularly appetizing for the 7-time major winner when the draw first came out, but having flirted with the lead all day and eventually settling for a 71, she wasn't too disappointed at the early wake-up call.

This is the only event the LPGA will play on a true links golf course all year. Cristie Kerr brought up an interesting point in our interview on Wednesday, saying she'd like to play the Solheim Cup on a links. I doubt finances in the modern game will allow for one of the old venues, such as Royal Birkdale, to host a Solheim Cup because of the staging fees which are involved, but it is certainly food for thought.