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British duo Charley Hull and Georgia Hall keep their cool in the first round at the British Open Hull carded a blemish-free 67 in the first round at her home club Woburn She finished two strokes off the lead held by South African Ashleigh Buhai Defending champion Georgia Hall made a steady start with three-under-par 69

By Derek Lawrenson for the Daily Mail

Published: 20:54 BST, 1 August 2019 | Updated: 23:05 BST, 1 August 2019

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As Rory McIlroy and Francesco Molinari showed at the Open two weeks ago, two of the hardest roles in golf are playing in front of your home crowd and being the defending champion at a major.

Enormous credit, therefore, should go to Charley Hull and Georgia Hall, who filled the respective positions with great aplomb in the first round of the AIG Women's British Open on Thursday.

Like Rory, Hull found her hands were shaking as she stood on the first tee at her home club but, thankfully, that is where the comparison ends. The 23-year-old found the fairway instead of out of bounds and played beautifully thereafter as well.

Charley Hull made the most of her local knowledge in the Women's British Open at Woburn

Charley Hull made the most of her local knowledge in the Women's British Open at Woburn

She capped her round off nicely with a classy birdie at the difficult 18th for a 67 that

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