It wasn’t a stellar beginning, but after the day was over, and all of the scorecards were tallied, The Rolex Ranked number two player had a one-shot lead at the ISPS HANDA Australian Women’s Open. Suzann Pettersen shot a -6 under 67 in her 2014 LPGA debut at the Victoria Golf Club in Victoria, Australia. The 32 year-old Norwegian got off to a shaky start, but was able to get in the clubhouse with the lead on Thursday afternoon.
Pettersen has a one-shot lead over a group at -5 under par that includes Pure Silk Bahamas Champion, Jessica Korda. Suzann can move into the number one ranking with a win in Australia, and possibly get there with a second-place finish as well.
“I felt like it took me a couple of holes to kind of get comfortable,” said Pettersen. “One thing is to go out and play in practice rounds and always have a second ball in the pocket to drop down if the first one didn’t kind of go where you want it to be, but today it’s all in. I’ve got to play the ball as it lies and it’s a little different story when you have to put a score card in. But it was nice to kind of feel a little bit of a pump again, feel the heart and go for shots you want to hit and see how you kind of execute them.”
Jessica Korda, who is playing as well as anyone one the LPGA Tour right now, is tied for second place with South Korean, Hee Young Park, Jaclyn Sweeney from the US, and Marion Ricordeau from France. Korda is ranked 23rd in Rolex Rankings.
Jaclyn Sweeney ripped through the ranks of the Symetra Tour and finished No. 10 on the Volvik Race for the Card season-ending rankings to earn 2014 LPGA Tour status. While the season that included one victory at the season-opening event was an impressive accomplishment in its own, Sweeney did it all while earning her college degree.
A large bunch lead by teenager, Lydia Ko are only two back at -4 under par. Playing in only her second LPGA Tour event as a professional, Lydia Ko is playing with the poise and calm demeanour of even the most experienced veteran. The 16-year-old began her professional campaign in impressive fashion posting a tie for fourth finish in the Bahamas.
Lydia Ko is ranked #4 in the Rolex Rankings.
With already two LPGA Tour victories under her belt, turning professional has been a walk in the park for the New Zealand native.
“I think it’s actually the opposite, you know, I feel so relaxed here,” said Ko. “I play such good golf over here and everyone’s supporting me, so I feel really relaxed. I think I’m more pressured when I’m home/home in New Zealand but it’s always great to come out here and play in Australia.”
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