If ever Morgan Pressel needed to impress the Solheim Cup captain, Juli Inkster, then there is no better place to do it than at the Ricoh Women's British Open at Kingsbarns. It provides the perfect opportunity for Pressel to show that she still has what it takes to make the US team as they prepare to defend the Solheim Cup.
She will be reliant on a captain's pick that will be announced on Sunday but Pressel has certainly thrown her hat into the ring following a great start at Kingsbarns.
Taking advantage of the calmer conditions, it was imperative to post a good score as the weather is likely to change. That is exactly what Pressel did securing a 68 that included five birdies and a bogey. For Pressel, it shows a return to form that has somewhat eluded her so far this season. However, if Inkster is looking to bulk up her team with experience then Pressel just might have caught her attention.
Others also catching the attention in terms of the Solheim Cup preparation are Michelle Wie and Mel Reid.
Reid stormed the opening 10 holes securing five birdies along the way. Taking advantage of the calmer conditions, she would mount the British challenge. She said later that she believed that there was a 7 under par score out there. It turns out there was one better than that.
Michelle Wie has certainly been a player to watch over the past few months and she has blitzed the links of Kingsbarns this morning. Whilst is was a bad start from Wie as she left with a bogey on the par 5 second, what happened next was a masterclass of links golf. Nine birdies followed from that dodgy start as she reached the summit of the leaderboard in style. She now has a comfortable three shot lead over Reid.
But nothing is what it seems here at Kingsbarns. With the weather expected to change over the next three days, there will be plenty to look forward to.