Only yesterday Laura Davies said that she had little chance of winning the Ricoh Women’s British Open. Coming through qualifying on Monday, Davies spoke candidly but stated that: “Being in is a start but, now I’m in, it’s not just to make up the numbers.” She spoke about being happy to make the cut and having a decent week.
Fast forward to the opening round and Davies defied even her own expectations as she is part of five English players that are making serious inroads into Michelle Wie’s lead. Davies herself turned back the clock producing an impressive 68. As it stands, it puts her contention only four shots adrift of Wie.
But Davies is not alone as a home hope in contention for the British Open. Mel Reid has laid her claim to the title as well. A five under par round of 67 means that she is also within striking distance of the leader. Jodi Ewart Shadoff also made the same score as the two English players share a tie for fourth place.
Georgia Hall and Charley Hull finished their days with a score of four under par that sees them in a tie for ninth place.
Five English players in the Top 10 after the first round. It would appear that the home crowd has something to be excited about.