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Three Britons are tied for the lead after the first day of the 1 million Weetabix Women's British Open, but play was finally suspended for the day at 8.30pm after an earlier rain delay of over two hours at Sunningdale Old Course in Berkshire.

Fifty-four players must return from 7.00am in the morning to complete their first round, but England's Laura Davies and Johanna Head, along with Scotland's Janice Moodie, share the overnight lead on four under par.

Four players are tied on three under, Germany's Elisabeth Esterl, who finished earlier in the rain along with American Kelly Robbins, and England's Trish Johnson, who completed 13 holes before darkness fell.

Head posted her 68 just before torrential rain stopped play at 3.56pm and was delighted to post the clubhouse lead in only her second major championship as a professional.

The 28-year-old, who was born two miles away in Ascot, has played the course
"thousands of times" and used her local knowledge to great effect in the best of the weather to post a flawless front nine of 33.

Birdies at the second, sixth and ninth and 10th holes lifted her up the leaderboard.

Her first dropped shot came at the 12th where she found trouble from the tee, but the twin sister of fellow Evian Tourist Samantha responded with back-to-back birdies at the 14th and 15th to move to five under for the day.

Just a three putt at the last marred an otherwise excellent performance on a
course she knows so well, having played in the Sunningdale Foursomes with
her sister over the last few years.

"Sam and I play the Sunningdale matches every year," said Head, who is just
seven minutes older than her sister. "We reached the final last year and had
to play seven matches in four days, so I have gotten to know the greens very
well.

"I think today it's helped me a lot because there were many tricky pin positions out there and knowing the greens so well has helped so much."

Davies, winner of this event in 1986, made a fast start in the event she would love to win so much again and add the final two points she needs to enter the World Golf Hall of Fame.

The 38-year-old from nearby West Byfleet birdied the first two holes, both short par fives, before she dropped her first shot at the third. The four time major winner rallied with further red figures at the sixth, eighth 11th and 12th to move to five under par and into the lead.

Sadly, Davies bogeyed the 215-yard par three 15th to drop back into a tie and narrowly missed her seven-foot birdie putt at the final hole. But she ended the day happy, especially as she doesn't have to rise early in the morning.

"We decided that whoever putted out first on 17 was going to run to the last tee and hit off, and it was me, so I am pleased that we got that in," said Davies, an avid sports fan who watched the Ashes cricket test during the rain delay.

"I played really well, just towards the end there it got really hard. I hit four iron to 18, five iron to 17, five iron to 16 and 3 iron to 15. In the Pro Am, I was flicking wedges into all these holes, so that bit of rain has made all the difference."

Moodie, looking for her first major win, carded a flawless front nine of 32 with birdies at the first, third, fourth and eighth, adding a par at the 10th just before the claxon sounded for suspension of play earlier in the afternoon.

On her return, the 28-year-old from Glasgow added three more pars before she
birdied the 14th to move to five under. But a dropped shot at the 410-yard par four 16th set her back before play was finally called off.

Defending champion Sophie Gustafson carded a disappointing two over par 74
along with World number one Karrie Webb, who is looking to win her third major in a row.

World number two Annika Sorenstam is handily poised at two under par after
her 70 and is aiming to match Webb's tally of majors this season with a victory over this 100-year-old course.

And fellow Swede Helen Alfredsson, winner of last week's WPGA Championship
of Europe, continued her good form with a battling 71.

Scores:

67 J Moodie (GB&I)

68 J Head, L Davies (GB&I)

69 E Esterl (Ger), K Robbins (USA)

70 M Hedblom (Swe), M McKay, J McGill (USA), C Matthew, G Park (Kor), M Monnet (Fra), R Jones (USA), L Kane (Can) A Sorenstam (Swe)

71 R Hudson, H Alfredsson (Swe), D Delasin (USA), E Klein (USA), K Kuehne (USA), K Icher (Fra), B Iverson (USA), S Cavalleri (Ita), L Fairclough, I Tinning (Den), L Hed (Swe), M Arruti (Spa), K Fujii (Jpn), Se Ri Pak (Kor), G Park (Kor)

72 M Hjorth (Swe), M Mallon (USA), B Burton (USA), M Baena (Col), P Meunier Lebouc (Fra), Y P Ling (Tai), K Booth (USA), D Ammaccapane (USA), T Hanson (USA), M H Kim (Kor), K Taylor, J Lidback (Per), HW Han (Kor), K Parker (USA), H Kobayashi (Jpn)

73 R Carriedo (Spa), L Neumann (Swe), C Schreyer (USA), R Hakkarainen (Fin), D Barnard, J Jang (Kor), B Daniel (USA), C Duffy, D Kileen (USA), C Koch (Swe), B Morgan (USA)

74 K Webb (Aus), S Gustafson (Swe), P Marti (Spa), M Prieto (Spa), P Sinn (Kor), K Harada (Jpn), J Morley, G Scott (Nzl), L Maritz (Rsa), N Moult, S Strudwick,

75 A Berg (Swe), J Mills (Aus), S Steinhauer (USA), D Pepper (USA), J Inkster (USA), C Dibnah (Aus), K Marshall, L Brooky (USA), C McMillan, C Nilsmark (Swe), LJ Hee (Kor), C Nakajima (Jpn), V Goetze-Ackerman (USA), D Ammaccapane (USA), H Bowie (USA), M Estill (USA), C Lundgreen (Nor), T Durdin (Aus), J Van Hagen (Ned), L Kean (USA), S Mehra (Ind), S Sandolo (Ita)

76 R Teske (Aus), N Scranton (USA), C Amanuma (Jpn), C Figg-Currier (USA), D Reid, K Tschetter (USA), G Sergas (Ita), K Pearce (Aus), S Eklund (Swe), J Hanna (USA), M Redman (USA), A-B Sanchez (Spa), K Stupples, M Will (USA)

77 S Dickens, K Lunn (Aus), T Barrett (USA), L Spalding (USA), C Byrnes (Aus), C Kuld (Den), S Sanders (USA), V Stensrud (Nor)

78 S Waugh (Aus), W Ward (USA), S Head, L P Sugg (USA), K Weiss (USA), W Dicks

79 A Fukushima (Jpn), C Sorenstam (Swe), C Kerr (USA), J Gallagher-Smith (USA), A Munt (Aus), A Rogers

80 M McGann (USA), M-J Rouleau (Can), C Schmitt (Fra), K Lunn (Aus), N Fink (Aut)

81 N Stillig (Ger), P Hurst (USA)

82 D Richard (USA)

83 T Craik (GB&I)

86 V Smith (Rsa)

 
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