Matthew holds one shot lead
Catriona Matthew holed a bunker shot for an eagle to take a one shot lead of the LPGA’s Mobile Bay Classic.
Matthew would card an impressive eight under 64, bouncing back from a bogey on her third hole.
The Scot would immediately make amends, using her sand wedge to good effect on the par five 13th for an eagle three.
“That kind of kick-started my round,” the 44-year-old said about the eagle.
“Obviously, really pleased. Just had two weeks at home, so never quite know what you’re going to come out and play like. So, yeah, delighted. Got the putter going and holed some putts.”
Mathew is one stroke ahead of 18-year-old Charley Hull, who shot a bogey-free 65.
“I putted quite well, hit it quite solid, and hit, I think, every green,” said the Englishwoman.
“I still left a few shots out there. I missed a 3- or 4-footer, but hey, another day tomorrow and hopefully I can go low.”
A group of three players are two shots back on six under, including second ranked Stacy Lewis, Suzann Pettersen and South Korea’s Eun-Hee Ji.
“The scores are so low that if you don’t go pretty low the first day, you’re kind of behind the 8-ball,” said Lewis.
“So, it was really nice to get off to a good start.”
Meanwhile, world number four Pettersen carded six birdies in her opening round.
“I’m feeling pretty good, felt pretty calm,” said the Norwegian.
“I feel like my game is right there, trying to be patiently aggressive. Playing smart on the hole locations that aren’t quite set up for being aggressive and then trying to take advantage.
“But the greens are fairly receptive, so it feels like you can kind of fire at the pin and not have to worry about too much spin, which makes this course a little bit easier.”
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