Aramco Team Series: Alison Lee equals two Ladies European Tour records after brilliant opening round in Riyadh

Alison Lee lost in a play-off to Australia’s Minjee Lee at the BMW Ladies Championship in South Korea last weekend
-11 A Lee (US); -9 M Lee (Aus); -7 K Henry (Sco), C Hull (Eng), P Lindberg (Swe), NB Estrup (Den), VE Carta (Ita), J Melichova (Cze), C Williams (Wal), C Ciganda (ESP)
Selected others:-6 G Cowley (Eng), C Gainer (Eng); -5 M MacLaren (Eng); -4 E Young (Eng); –3 G Hall (Eng)
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Alison Lee equalled the lowest round in Ladies European Tour history with a brilliant 61 at the first round of the Aramco Team Series in Saudi Arabia.

The American’s bogey-free round also featured a record-equalling eight successive birdies and set a new course record at the Riyadh Golf Club.

Australia’s Minjee Lee is second on the leaderboard after hitting 10 birdies in her 63.

“I’m feeling really good about my game,” said 28-year-old Lee.

“We still have two days left but I feel like it’s a really nice golf course, it’s a fairly easy course, pretty easy to attack pins and make a lot of birdies.

“Coming down the stretch I started to realise I’m on 59 watch here, but I missed a couple of good birdie chances. But I’m not disappointed. I had a great round, overall I played really solid.”

England’s Charley Hull, Scotland’s Kylie Henry and Chloe Williams of Wales are among a group of eight players on seven under after a day of low scoring in Riyadh.

English duo Gabriella Cowley and Cara Gainer are also in contention after shooting a six-under 66, with compatriot Georigia Hall on three under.

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