Americans in charge early on at Ricoh Women’s Open

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THE RICOH Women’s British Open got under way at Carnoustie early this morning.

And currently, at lunchtime Thursday, the clubhouse leader is American Brittany Lincicome who recorded a sparkling five under par 67.

Fellow United States player Angela Stanford is one shot further back after her round of 68, while three players shared third place, including Caroline Hedwall, who was the first off this morning at 6.30 a.m.

Scottish hope Catriona Matthew, the ambassador for Carnoustie Country, is three shots off the pace after her opening round of 70.

Click to the right to view an early selection of our pictures.