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Danielle McVeigh saved by late show

An eagle three finish helped Danielle McVeigh to a more than respectable two over par 74 in the first round of the Ricoh British Women’s Open at Royal Birkdale.

That was good enough to match reigning US Open champion Paula Creamer and Denmark’s Iben Tinning.

The Kilkeel student, one of five amateurs in the field for the year’s final Major, began poorly with a dropped shot at the first.

But she moved back to level par with a birdie four at the fifth, only to reach the turn back at one over after another dropped shot at the ninth.

That turned out to be the first bogey of three in a row, and another shot was to disappear at the 13th as well.

A birdie two helped restore a little confidence at the short third hole, but she went back to four over with a disappointing six at the the par five 15th.

But McVeigh turned around her day with two great shots on the long finishing hole to pick up that eagle three and get back to two over for the tournament.

Meanwhile, eagles at the 18th from Taiwan's Yani Tseng and Australia's Katherine Hull meant they shared the lead at the end of the first day.

Twenty-one-year-old Tseng had been having a steady round and found herself one under par, without dropping a shot, through 16 holes.

But she then birdied the first of the closing par fives, and followed that up with the eagle which saw her overhaul a group of four players on three under par.

Hull joined her at the top of the leaderboard with a three of her own. The chasing group included France's Anne-Lise Caudel, Korea's Amy Yang and Sun Young-yoo, and America's Brittany Lincicome.

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