LPGA. HSBC Women's Champions. Karrie Keeps Ahead on Day1 February 27 2014
Karrie Webb / GettyKarrie carded four of her six birdies in the first six holes, which set the tone for her; " Definitely set the tone and I think for me, anyway, on this course, I find it quite tricky to trust where you've got to hit it off the tee, and it leaves some challenging iron shots in from some long distances out on the par fours. For me, getting off to a good start really allowed me to settle in and trust my game plan for the rest of the day.” " I'm definitely at a stage in my life where those things will happen on their own if I play well. You know, 15 years ago, I would have been waking up every morning and wondering or working towards whatever it took to be No. 1.” Paula Creamer and Caroline Hedwall shared second place at -5 under par. Paula said she had played well; " I played well, I didn't hit the ball that great on the back side, but made some birdies, and you know, I really enjoy this golf course. It just fits my game really well and I love how it's playing really windy, makes it just so much tougher. You have to really think a lot out here and that kind of has always been Colin, my caddie and I's strong suit. It does, it matches well. Having a good tournament here last year is always nice coming into it, and you feel good, you feel good about the golf course.” World No. 1 Inbee Park shot a - 2under par 70 while No. 2 Suzann Pettersen is tied for 12th after a -1 under par 71. Inbee is sticking to her strategy; " I think my strategy today going into the greens was really good, so I'm not going to change my ball-striking plan. I'm just going to try to read the greens a little bit more carefully. They seem to not have much break.” All the usual suspects are there so it will be interesting to see how things pan out in the second round.