Honda LPGA Thailand. Nordqvist Nudges Ahead. February 20 2014
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Anna shot -6 under par 66 on Thursday to take the first-round lead at the Honda LPGA Thailand, carding seven birdies, two bogeys and an Eagle and leads by one shot.
Anna got off to a good start and said her bogeys were down to flyers out of the rough;
“I always try to put my best foot forward, I try to be awake when I start on the first tee box. I hit it on the green in two, so it was a pretty easy birdie. But definitely getting a good start sets the pace for the rest of the day. I just tried to stay in there after the two bogeys, because I didn't feel like I hit bad shots, I just got flyers out of the rough. “Had pretty good yardage for the eagle and it was on the top-tier, so I just pitched it five or six paces behind the pin and spun back. So obviously gave me some momentum to finish off.”
“I was quite disappointed at the end of last year. Didn't feel like I played bad, but never really got any momentum. I was very determined this off-season. I worked really hard. Anyone that's been around me can probably say that. But I just kind of lost the reason why I play golf, the fun of it, I have good people around me now. They been really helping me to get that inspiration back. I put in all this hard work for a reason. It's been fun. They've been pushing me and definitely been more motivated than before.”
Michelle Wie is in second place, just one shot back at -5 under par after her opening round of -5 under par 67. When asked on how many hole she had used her driver, Michelle responded positively, and also mentioned getting some food half-way round;
“Almost all of them, it's definitely one of those golf courses, I don't get to use a lot of drivers during the year. This is one of the few golf courses that I get to just hit driver all the time, so it's fun. I birdied all four of the par fives today, which definitely helps on this golf course. After 18 I was hungry, so I went to the locker room and got some food from my bag, so I think that helped. Just had like these nuts, like these little nut crunch things. I was thinking about them on the front nine. I was really mad I didn't put them in my golf bag. So I ran up to the locker room and ran back down. Pretty sure that had something to do with the birdie”.
There are three ladies in third place, all carding first rounds of -4 under par 68, they are; Jennifer Johnson, Lexi Thompson and Angela Stanford.
Angela scored her second Tour hole in one, on the 135 yard 8th hole with an 8 iron and flashed the biggest on course smile of the day. She admitted afterwards getting an ace mid round can almost be hard to handle;
“It’s kind of hard with hole in ones because you do get almost too high and you go to the next tee box and think ‘oh I have to hit another golf shot. It’s hard because it’s like an out-of-body experience. Well for me because I haven’t had many.”
Rolex Rankings No. 1 Inbee Park started slowly and was + 3 over par through her first eight holes, but turned things around on the back nine. Inbee picked up four birdies to finish at -1 under par and sits five shots off the lead. She reported that it was due to rustiness in her game;
“I think it was just like I didn't have much feeling that it was a tournament because it has been a while since I played a golf tournament. I think I was a little bit nervous. Bogey, bogey, and, thought, yeah, it's a tournament, so I think I should start playing better. I think I just didn't realize. I think it was a little bit off today on the front nine, and then I finally realized I was in a real tournament.”