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Donald Trump's grand arrival at Women's British Open overshadows strong start by Hyo-Joo Kim

  • Presidential contender Donald Trump, right, watches England's Charley Hull, left, play her shot on the 16th fairway on the first day of the Women's British Open golf championship on the Turnberry golf course in Turnberry, Scotland, Thursday, July 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

    Presidential contender Donald Trump, right, watches England's Charley Hull, left, play her shot on the 16th fairway on the first day of the Women's British Open golf championship on the Turnberry golf course in Turnberry, Scotland, Thursday, July 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)  (The Associated Press)

  • Lydia Ko of New Zealand tees off from the first hole during the first day of the Women's British Open golf championship on the Turnberry golf course in Turnberry, Scotland, Thursday, July 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

    Lydia Ko of New Zealand tees off from the first hole during the first day of the Women's British Open golf championship on the Turnberry golf course in Turnberry, Scotland, Thursday, July 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)  (The Associated Press)

  • Presidential contender Donald Trump looks on at the 16th green on the 1st first day of the Women's British Open golf championship on the Turnberry golf course in Turnberry, Scotland, Thursday, July 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

    Presidential contender Donald Trump looks on at the 16th green on the 1st first day of the Women's British Open golf championship on the Turnberry golf course in Turnberry, Scotland, Thursday, July 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)  (The Associated Press)

Donald Trump's show-stealing arrival at the Women's British Open on Thursday upstaged another strong start to a major by South Korea's Hyo-Joo Kim.

Kim was midway through compiling a 7-under 65 in the first round when Trump, the American presidential candidate, landed in a private helicopter to begin a two-day visit at the tournament being staged at his Turnberry resort in western Scotland.

The on-course action was initially a sideshow for Trump, who seized the attention by inviting the media to his hotel near the course to continue his presidential campaign. The Republican eventually watched some golf, although the leaderboard was virtually locked in by then.

Kim, who shot a first-round 61 in winning the Evian Championship last year, was leading by one stroke from Lydia Ko and Cristie Kerr.

Ten groups are still to complete their rounds.