Michelle Wie leads after the first round of the Women’s British Open following a course record eight-under-par 64 at Kingsbarns.

The American, 27, posted nine birdies on the Fife coast to sit one clear of South Korea’s Kim In-Yung (65) and two ahead of American Lindy Duncan (66).

England’s Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Mel Reid and are part of a five-strong group on five under, after 67s.

“I’m really proud,” said Wie, who equalled her best professional round.

“I really took advantage of the [morning] conditions, but it was a really fun day.”

Wie, who shot to prominence when she turned pro at the age of 15, finished 19th at the Ladies Scottish Open at Dundonald last week.

She won the US Women’s Open in 2014 but her best finish at the British Women’s Open is tied third 12 years ago.

“I felt like I struggled a little bit in the past at British Opens, so I made it a point to come to the Scottish Open last week and get some good practice in,” Wie said.

“I felt like that really helped me a lot, just getting used to playing links golf as it is so different.”

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