LPGA. Kraft Nabisco Championship. Feng In front. April 04 2014
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Shanshan carded seven birdies against just one bogey to sign for an opening round -6 under par, 66, to hold a one-stroke lead in the first Major of the year. Shanshan said she was able to get some advice on how to play the course from a legend of the game, three-time Kraft Nabisco Champion Amy Alcott;
“I did play with Amy Alcott today. She’s won three times here in the past, and after my first drive off the first tee I was asking her, I said, can you tell me the secrets about winning here? Because before this year I never did well here. So she was telling me all the secrets."
" Don’t ask me what the secrets are because that’s a secret. I’ll tell you maybe after we finish Sunday. But I did learn a lot from her. Last year, the first day I shot six over here, and I think that is a very big improvement. I do think that I played really well today and had a great time with Amy. I just hope that I can have three more good days.”
Amy was full of praise for Shanshan;“Well, she’s very polite on the first tee. She said I know you’ve won here three times and you’re I don’t know if she used the word icon or famous, but she said I want to try to learn from you how to win here. She was very sweet starting off, and we were talkative.” “She hits it very solid. Just a very, very talented young player. So I was very impressed with her putting and just her overall game, just how she managed herself on the golf course. I look for her to do great things.”
Se Ri Pak and Michelle Wie are tied in second place at -5 under par following their opening rounds of 67.Michelle is looking to be more consistent; “Like I said before in the press conference, my goal is to be consistent, just trying to keep the same tempo every day. Trying to keep on doing the same things. I think it’s been working so far, so I’m just going to keep on doing that.” “It’s still a tough golf course, they moved a couple tee boxes back as well. Mission Hills is still Mission Hills.” Se Ri Pak is under pressure to get the one Major that has so far eluded her, and she has brought the family along with her as well; " This week the whole family is in town, so it makes me even more relaxed out there. My mom and dad, two sisters and my 5 year-old niece.“ “This means a lot to me, the last 17 years I’m waiting for one major to get my own career grand slam, so that’s hard. I mean, every single year I crossed this week. I have always high expectations trying to win so badly and trying to get my own grand slam, which that is not easy.”