Keeping Score

Amy Olson builds 3-stroke edge in Women’s British Open

American shoots 4-under 67 as only 2 other players break par on a cool, windy day at storied Royal Troon in Scotland

3: Number of strokes by which American Amy Olson led the Women’s British Open after she shot 4-under 67 on Thursday at Royal Troon in Scotland. After a bogey at the third hole, Olson went 5 under for the rest of the day in what she called “the best ball-striking round of my life.” She was one of only three players under par on a cool, windy day, with temperatures in the 60s and winds gusting to 40 mph at the famed Scottish seaside links, which has hosted nine British Opens but is welcoming the Women’s Open for the first time. American Marina Alex and Germany’s Sophia Popov shared second at 1-under 70. Olson, 28, who won an NCAA-record 20 individual titles at North Dakota State, is looking for her first LPGA victory in her seventh season on the tour. She has only two top-10 results in 20 previous starts in major championships, notably a runner-up at the 2018 Evian when the double-bogeyed the last hole to lose by one. She claims to enjoy the difficult conditions. “You can't get away with anything, honestly,” she said, “and so it requires every part of your game to be sharp, and I love that challenge.” (scores).

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