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BUNKERS UNNERVE DAVIES IN WOMEN’S OPEN

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Even Laura Davies gets bogged down in a bunker now and then.

The world's best woman golfer found a half-dozen traps in Thursday's first round of the British Women's Open, and she got nerves like a duffer each time she had to wedge her way out."I am normally a really good bunker player, so it is a bit of a shock when you get in a bunker and you are trembling," said Davies, who shot a 1-over-par 74 to trail first-round leader Liselotte Neumann by seven strokes.

Newmann, the defending champion from Sweden, birdied seven holes to take a 1-shot lead over Marie-Laure de Lorenzi of France, Shani Waugh of Australia and Marnie McGuire of New Zealand.

American Nancy Lopez, playing in her first tournament in Britain in 14 years, was in at 2-under-par 71 in a tournament that features Europe's strongest field of the season and its top prize money ($576,000).

Davies' problem was the sand.

"A bad shot here is going to go into a bunker," Davies said of the 6,257-yard, par-73 layout. "If I am in a bunker, I am just seeing a bad shot, and that will finish you off any time."

Record drought across parts of England has left the Woburn Golf and Country Club burned around the edges and rock-hard on the watered fairways. Davies said the dry weather left the traps fluffy on top and hard underneath.

Davies last year became the first women to win $1 million in one season.

Neumann, a former U.S. Open champion and one of the world's top half-dozen women players, had seven birdies.