Manulife Financial LPGA Classic. Two Ladies Tied After 1st Round. July 11 2013

ManulifeFinancialLPGAClassic_188x84 Catriona Matthew and Angela Stanford are tied on top of the leaderboard after the 1st round of the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic at the Grey Silo Golf Course in Canada. Catriona said the greens were pretty soft, she recorded nine birdie sand one bogey today, and hit all the fairways; " I hit it close all day, which gives you a lot of chances, and then obviously I putted well. I gave myself a lot of chances but took advantage of them. They were pretty soft, the ball was just stopping pretty much where you hit it in, so you could get it quite close if you were on the fairways. It's a nice course, maybe not playing last year, everyone told me it played hard and fast last year, so to me this is how it is, so it doesn't seem any different to me. If you drive it well, you can have quite a few short irons in. With it being soft I think last year they said it was just bouncing, it was hard to get it close, so obviously it was a lot easier to get it close with the greens being soft." Angela was three shots off the pace with three holes to go, but closed out her round with the necessary three consecutive birdies; " I kind of thought about it on 8 tee box that I had three holes left and I knew one of them is a par 3 and the other two par 4's, I might have a wedge in. So I really just tried to hit quality shots into the greens and had the opportunities I wanted and made them. It's better for me, my ball tends to release more than others, so it's nice to have the greens a little bit softer. But I still thought they were firmer than I thought they would be and I think they'll firm up. If we don't get any more rain, the course will be perfect by Sunday." Both of these ladies must be looking over their shoulders at the close presence of Inbee Park, who is in a five way tie for third place at -6 under par, two shots behind the leaders. With Inbee in third spot are, Irene Cho, Hee Young Park, Belen Moso and Meena Lee. Inbee was happy with her opening performance; " I think it was an excellent round, I had a really good start this morning, five under through seven holes. I missed a couple opportunities on the back nine, but I'm pleased with the way I played today. I hit the ball great, I putted great. The greens look like they're getting a little bit faster, so yeah, I mean, looking forward to playing the next few days with a little bit more speed on the greens. I don't expect myself to play great every day. It's really tough to do in the game of golf, I think. Some days you're going to have bad weeks. I'm just ready to take the bad weeks, but it hasn't really been happening. I'm not waiting for bad weeks, but I'm prepared for bad weeks. My mentality's prepared for bad weeks and then playing better the next week. I mean, I haven't practiced at all last week, I was quite busy. I practiced quite hard this Monday through Wednesday and I tried to get back in the rhythm of playing. Today I tried to play good on the golf course and it really worked out very well. I mean, I worried a little bit about my putting because I haven't putted so much last week, so I tried to practice putting a lot before I went out. Looks like I'm getting the speed of the greens really good." If Inbee really starts putting well, the leaders will have good reason to worry about her looming presence.