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Lee, Hillier start well at Woburn

Minjee Lee
Minjee Lee on her way to 71 at Woburn today. Image: Getty

World No. 4 Minjee Lee and another Western Australian professional Whitney Hillier are the top Australians in the AIG Women’s British Open after the first round at Woburn Golf Club north of London.

Lee and Hillier, who pre-qualified to get into the field for the $US4.5 million tournament, both shot one-under par 71s to be just outside the top 30 through 18 holes.

But the field tore up the parkland course, led by South Africa’s Ashleigh Buhai who had eight birdies in her opening 65.

Buhai leads by a shot from American Danielle Kang and Japan’s Hinaku Shibuno.

The big names, such as Ariya Jutanugarn (67) and Sung Hyun Park (66) are well-placed.

Of the other Australians, Su Oh and Sarah Kemp began with even-par rounds, Hannah Green began with a 73, Karrie Webb with a 75 and Katherine Kirk with a 76.

MEANWHILE in North Carolina, Cameron Smith and Cameron Davis were the best-performed Aussies on day one of the Wyndham Championship on the PGA Tour, the last regular-season event.

Smith shot a 66 to be inside the top 30, continuing the form that has put him in Presidents Cup calculations. Later in the day Davis bolted through the back nine to match Smith's four-under total.

Young guns Curtis Luck and Davis are trying to secure their playing cards for next season, needing to contend this week, but Luck (70) is well back in the pack.

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