Iturrioz starts strong at the British Open, led by Olson

The young Balearic, 24, started with a return to par that leaves her four strokes behind the American, leading with -4 after the first day.


American Amy Olson was the first leader of the British Open for women golf, after closing the first day of the tournament on Thursday with a total of 67 strokes, four under par. Olson, who signed five birdies and one bogey, was the best in a day marked by the strong wind that hit the Scottish field of Royal Troon, site of the first 'major' of the season.

As evidenced by the three goals in which the American beat her most immediate pursuers, the German Sophie Popov and the American Marina Alex, who shared second place with a total of 70 hits, one under par.

Two places further back, in fourth place the opening day of the British Open ended the Spanish Nuria Iturrioz, who presented a card of 71 strokes, the par for the field. The young Balearic golfer, 24, overcame the "bogey" with which she started her round, after signing two "birdies" on holes 2 and 5. A streak that was cut short by the two new "bogeys" that Iturrioz she added on holes 6 and 10. But the Spanish did not give up and managed to climb to second position, after achieving two new birdies on holes 14 and 16.

A position that Nuria Iturrioz was forced to give up on the last hole of the round, in which the Spanish added her fourth "bogey" of the day, which left her in fourth position in the table, tied with a large group of players, with a total of 71 goals, four behind the leader, American Amy Olson

Likewise, he concluded with the par of the course, the Mexican Gaby López, who made up for the double "bogey" that she signed on hole 9 with four "birdies", the last two consecutively on holes 15 and 16. Worse was the day to the last winner of the tournament, the Japanese Hinako SHibuno, who was relegated to position 71, after presenting a card with 76 strokes, 5 over par. The same impacts that the American Danielle Kang, number two in the world classification, needed to complete the round, despite the "eagle" and the two "birdies" that the North American achieved in the last three holes.

For her part, the Spanish Azahara Muñoz, who finished second at the Scottish Open last week, finished the day seven shots behind the leader, after concluding the day with a total of 74 hits, three over par. Three fewer than those signed by the also Spanish Carlota Ciganda, who achieved a +6, after presenting a card of 77 shots, while Luna Sobrón closed the day with 80 hits, nine over par.

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