Laura Davies out in front in India
English veteran Laura Davies has opened up a two-shot lead on day one of the Hero Honda India Women’s Open
Laura Davies opened up a two-shot lead on day one of the Hero Honda India Women’s Open thanks to a stunning bogey-free round at the DLF Golf and Country Club in Delhi.
The Englishwoman made four birdies on the opening nine, following up with three more on the way back to post a seven-under 65.
That left Davis with a two-stroke advantage over Rebecca Flood and Praewnappa Phol-Uayporn, who scored rounds of 67.
It was an impressive display from Davies, currently lying second on the Ladies European Tour Money List, especially when it is considered that her golf clubs only arrived in India this morning after three days missing in transit from China.
“I had to rush to the airport this morning before my tee-off and again make a frantic appeal as the airport authorities did not want to release the bag which arrived from China without me signing for it,” Davies explained.
“The golf officials spoke to the airport people and got my bag released.
“But I played well – seven birdies and without dropping a stroke.”
Flood had three bogeys over her first nine holes, but eight birdies overall ensured a healthy score for the Australian. Thailand’s Phol-Uayporn also had eight birdies and three dropped shots during her round.
Louise Freiburg sits fourth on the leaderboard, a round of six birdies and two bogeys giving the Swede a four-under 68.
Lee-Anne Pace of South Africa, who leads the LET Money List, and Italy’s Veronica Zorzi are a further shot behind after rounds of 69, one stroke ahead of Russamee Gulyanamitta.
Scotland’s Kylie Walker is one of four players tied for eighth, six shots behind leader Davies, after making two birdies and one bogey.
Defending champion Phatlum Pornanong sits among a group of 14 players – including England’s Holly Aitchison – on level par, after the Thai saw her birdie on hole nine cancelled out by a dropped shot on the par-four 17th.
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