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No early joy for Australians at Women's British Open

Whitney Hiller is the best of the Australians on day one. (Photo: Henry Peters )
It has not been a particularly good day for the Australians on the opening day of the Ricoh Women’s British Open although West Australian Whitney Hillier will be pleased with her bounce back from injury last week to lead the Australian challenge at 1 under.

Hillier, who is playing in just her second Women’s British Open, was forced to withdraw from last week’s Women’s Scottish Open early in the event as a result of a back injury but she has clearly recovered with an afternoon round of 71 today although it has her well back in a share of 50th position.

Minjee Lee is at even par 72, Katherine Kirk 73, Stacey Peters and Su Oh 74, and Sarah Jane Smith and Karrie Webb 75.

Lee, Australia’s leading world ranked player, bogeyed her final two holes and with the cut expected to be around even par provided the conditions remain similar tomorrow then she and the other Australians have work to do to make it to the weekend.      

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