You knew the failure would follow her everywhere she went, making any future journey at a second chance to win a major so much harder. "Hopefully I can get off to a good start".
Sweden's Anna Nordvqist, who didn't even know if she'd play after being diagnosed with glandular fever, shot a superb four under par 68.
If you were there, you can still see In-Kyung Kim covering her mouth in stunned disbelief after missing that 14-inch putt that would have won her the Kraft Nabisco Championship.
Kim's 17-under-par total of 199 was a championship 54-hole record - one better than Ariya Jutanugarn at Woburn 12 months ago.
Hall, 21, is still awaiting her first professional victory, but the consistent youngster has already done enough to head the European Solheim Cup rankings. "I might buy her dinner tonight". He tells me where to land the ball and he's been spot on every time. I hit great shots. "It was definitely a rocky start, but I think that got me a little pissed", admitted the world No 35, who used both her 9-wood and an 11-wood to dazzling effect thereafter. "And whatever happens tomorrow happens".
She's still got it. I hit it quite close, which made it a bit easier.
It has not been a particularly good day for the Australians on the opening day of the Ricoh Women's British Open although West Australian Whitney Hillier will be pleased with her bounce back from injury last week to lead the Australian challenge at 1 under.
The 29-year-old from South Korea atoned for her lone bogey with three birdies and an eagle on the 492m 11th hole. There's been an unusually consistent disparity between the weather during the early part of the day, which has generally been ideal, when compared with the heavy downpours of the afternoons.
American Ally McDonald (70) is also seven shots back on 10 under. "If the clothes were cool, more people would play and watch it".
"It was a great pairing out there today", the Korean reflected. "I played well and I'm pretty happy with what I'm doing on the course".
Lewis, the champion at nearby St. Andrews four years ago, was equally complimentary about the pairing.
"His local knowledge has helped me out tremendously", Thompson said Thursday about Kevin McAlpine, who caddied for four summers at Kingsbarns, is an accomplished amateur golfer in his own right, and has looped for Thompson since March. Plays fast, which is nice.
HAYWARD, Calif. - There was the animated, confident Stephen Curry that National Basketball Association fans know so well, the two-time league MVP finally feeling it and making the tough shots on the challenging course at TPC Stonebrae while playing in his highly anticipated professional golf debut.