Friday, October 13, 2006

Samsung World Championship – 1st Round

The top two players in the world, Annika Sorenstam and Lorena Ochoa, share the first round lead at the Samsung World Championship. Their rounds of 67 have them one shot ahead of Seon-Hwa Lee and Sophie Gustafson, and two shots ahead of Stacy Prammanasudh and Paula Creamer.

Michelle Wie had a most adventurous day – after last year she probably already considered Bighorn to be the Twilight Zone. After hitting her second from the cart path and saving par on 11, she double-bogeyed 12 and then took quadruple-bogey at 14. Her tee shot there landed next to the cart path leaning against a small stone. She got relief but was still in an awkward stance so she whiffed her second shot (this wasn’t noticed during the telecast – Michelle honestly counted the stroke on her card), then punched her third about ten feet under a bush. Forced to take an unplayable drop, she was able to get her fifth shot out into the fairway. On the green in six, two putts for eight on a short par-4. I hope she doesn’t take driver there again Friday. Wie managed to limp in with a 74, seven shots behind.

Karrie Webb had her own problems with an irrigation pipe at 14, but managed to escape with bogey and managed a 71. Official rulings were certainly the order of the day, as Wie needed at least two on 14 alone. Webb needed a ruling there also, and I read that Annika needed one at 12. The final pairing of Annika and Lorena took over five hours to complete their round – that with only nine twosomes playing ahead of them. Wind was certainly a factor, and the commentators mentioned that the windy conditions are expected to be worse on Friday.

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