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Leona Maguire has ground to make up as Mirim Lee hails flying start at Women's British Open

By Phil Casey

South Korean Mirim Lee equalled the lowest round in Women's British Open history with a stunning opening 62 to establish a three-shot lead at Woburn.

The 25-year-old birdied three of her first four holes over the Marquess' Course and rattled off five gains in a row around the turn.

Further birdies at the 14th and 17th completed a 10-under-par first-round total and put Lee comfortably clear of nearest challenger Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand. China's Shanshan Feng completed an all-Asian top three with her six-under-par 66.

"It was probably one of my best ever rounds, although I still had some errant shots," Lee said.

"I played every hole in a similar fashion, hitting fairways and greens. My best ever score was an 11 under par in LPGA Qualifying."

Leona Maguire, from Cavan, is joined by several rivals after shooting a 71.

Tandragee's Olivia Mehaffey found the going a bit tougher after hitting a 75.

England's Charlie Hull birdied the last two holes for a three-under 69 to lie just outside the top 10, but world No.1 Lydia Ko and four-time major winner Laura Davies have a lot of work to do after both signed for rounds of 74.

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