Wie takes early lead at Women’s British Open

Michelle Wie tees off at the 16th hole in the first round of the Women’s British Open on Thursday. PA via AP / Kenny Smith photo

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — Finishing fast after a slow start, Michelle Wie birdied her last three holes Thursday for an 8-under 64 for a one-shot lead in the Women’s British Open.
Wie bogeyed the par-5 second hole at Kingsbarns Links, and that was the last of her mistakes. The 27-year-old from Honolulu shot 30 on the back nine and wound up one shot ahead of I.K. Kim.
Lindy Duncan was another shot behind at 66, with Lexi Thompson among those at 67.
Wie, showing no sign of the neck spasms that forced her to withdraw from last month’s U.S Women’s Open, posted nine birdies during a morning round played in almost perfect weather on the eastern coast of Scotland.
“It’s so gorgeous here,” said Wie, who has not won since claiming the U.S Women’s Open at Pinehurst in 2014. “When the weather is nice, it almost felt like I was playing back home in Hawaii with the views and everything. I feel like I got extremely lucky with the conditions out there.”
Only later did torrential downpours and the threat of lightning twice disrupt play for a total of 74 minutes.
Following the early dropped shot — a badly skulled lob wedge finished far over the second green — Wie reeled off three birdies before the turn. Over the back nine, it only got better with six birdies in the final eight holes.
So Yeon Ryu, the No. 1 player in the world, opened with a 71.