Thursday, August 14, 2008

Canadian Open – 1st Round

Lorena Ochoa opened with a 66 to take the early lead at the CN Canadian Women’s Open. Annika Sorenstam is in second place one shot behind while Hee-Won Han, Se Ri Pak, Nicole Castrale and Meena Lee are tied for third after their rounds of 68.

Ochoa, the defending champion, birdied three times on each nine without taking any bogeys. Sorenstam carded eight birdies along with three bogeys to post her lowest LPGA round since she put up 66 in Round Two of the Ginn Tribute back at the end of May. Other notable scores:

69 Suzann Pettersen, Song-Hee Kim, Catriona Matthew, In-Kyung Kim
70 Yani Tseng, Inbee Park, Laura Diaz, Natalie Gulbis, Candie Kung
71 Paula Creamer, Eun-Hee Ji, Jee Young Lee, Angela Stanford
71 Alena Sharp, Sun Young Yoo, Morgan Pressel
72 Na Yeon Choi, Seon Hwa Lee, Angela Park, Helen Alfredsson
73 Karrie Webb, Christina Kim, Lindsey Wright, Kristy McPherson
73 Juli Inkster, Sophie Gustafson, Moira Dunn, Grace Park
74 Cristie Kerr, Ai Miyazato, Lorie Kane
75 Karen Stupples, Stacy Prammanasudh, Teresa Lu
75 Michelle Wie, Shi Hyun Ahn, Dawn Coe-Jones

Jane Park is listed as DNS for unknown reasons. Good starts for Se Ri Pak and Song-Hee Kim - two players who have been struggling – as well as for Alena Sharp. Good to see one of the Canadians get out of the blocks well. Not so good for Cristie Kerr, Ai Miyazato and Michelle Wie – all three had shown various degrees of improvement recently. Wie’s hopes of earning that 2009 exemption are fading fast. Three amateurs started out well. Candace Schepperle posted a 71 while Sue Kim and Kirby Dreher both carded 72s.

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