England's Charley Hull made the most of her local knowledge as she finished the opening day of the Women's British Open at Woburn just two shots behind leader Ashleigh Buhai.

Hull, playing at her home club, made a fine start in her bid for a first major title as she recorded five birdies - including three in succession from the 10th - in a blemish-free 67.

That left the 23-year-old in a group of four players on five under, one shot behind American Danielle Kang and Hinako Shibuno of Japan and two adrift of South African pacesetter Buhai.

Hull said on www.lpga.com: "It went really good, I really enjoyed it out there.

"Sometimes it's harder when it's your home golf course because you know places where not to hit it as well as where to hit it. Like today, for instance, the 13th hole, that's the first time I've hit that fairway in probably about three years, so I was quite happy about that."

Asked if she was feeling any extra pressure playing on home turf, Kettering-born Hull, who missed the cut at Royal Lytham last year, added: "I was a little but I'm not now.

"I'm just trying to think in my head 'just go out there and have fun'. I've no expectations, just go out there, have fun, and that's my main goal this week."

Buhai picked up eight birdies during her seven-under round of 65, with her only dropped shop coming on the par-five 11th. The 30-year-old has yet to win a title on the LPGA tour since joining in 2008.

Hull's compatriot Georgia Hall, the reigning champion here following her maiden major triumph last year, enjoyed a steady start to her title defence with a three-under-par 69.

Two-time major winner Park Sung-hyun is alongside Hull on five under, while world number one Ko Jin-young, looking for a third major win of 2019, bounced back from a double-bogey five on the 14th to record a 68.

There are no Irish players at the event.