By Todd Kortemeier | Aug. 03, 2018, 12:01 a.m. (ET)
Mo Martin putts at the Marathon Classic on July 12, 2018 in Sylvania, Ohio.

 

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Thirty-four Americans teed off on Thursday at the Women’s British Open, the most of any country in the field. 

Many of them had a tough go of their first round at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club in Lancashire, England, most notably world No. 18 Michelle Wie, who had to withdraw due to injury after 12 holes. The 2014 U.S. Women’s Open champ had shot 7-over to that point in the round.

2014 British Open champion Mo Martin opened with a 1-over 73, eight strokes off the pace. The top-ranked American woman in the field, No. 9 Jessica Korda, finished 1-under along with several other Americans. 

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The top-ranked American in the world, No. 5 Lexi Thompson, announced late last week that she would be skipping the British Open to take some time off and recover from a stressful year and a half of competition. The 2016 Olympian is still seeking her first major win.

The tournament concludes Sunday.

TV: 6 a.m. ET Friday, 7 a.m. ET Saturday, 7 a.m. ET Sunday, Golf Channel; 11 a.m. ET Saturday, 11:30 a.m. Sunday, NBC

Todd Kortemeier is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc