Airbus LPGA Classic. Catriona Cashes In May 22 2014

dragon logo dark   Catriona Mathew shot a first round -8 under par 64, to cash in and lead the Airbus LPGA Classic at RTJ Golf Trail in Alabama.

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Catriona played the Robert Trent Jones Crossing Course at Magnolia Grove at -8 under par, which gave her a first round lead of just one shot. She kick-started her round with an Eagle on the par five 13th;

"That kind of kick-started my round, obviously, really pleased. Just had two weeks at home, so never quite know what you're going to come out and play like. So, yeah, delighted. Got the putter going and holed some putts."

“I remember I watched some of it last year and Jennifer Johnson was like 24 under, couldn’t quite believe that during my practice round on Tuesday, but yeah, obviously any time you get off to a good start, it’s good.” 

Second place belongs to teenager Charley Hull with her opening round of -7 under par 65, she had a sponsors invite to this week’s Airbus LPGA Classic, she said she tried not to think about it, as long as the putts keep dropping;

" I try not to think about it too much because I’ve got the wind at my back now, I just keep on playing and hopefully I can get more wins and get my card for next year.” 

" I putted quite well, hit it quite solid, and hit I think every green, so that way I played pretty well.  I still left a few shots out there, I missed a three‑ or four‑footer, but hey, you know, another day tomorrow and hopefully I can go low. Just one shot at a time, just trying to post another low score like today and just let the putts drop."

Suzann Petterson, Stacy Lewis and Eun-Hee Ji share third spot, all recording first rounds of -6 under par 66.

Sounds like Suzann is on fire;

“I’m feeling pretty good, felt pretty calm.  I feel like my game is right there, trying to be patiently aggressive. Playing smart on the hole locations that aren’t quite set up for being aggressive and then trying to take advantage. But the greens are fairly receptive, so it feels like you can kind of fire at the pin and not have to worry about too much spin, which makes this course a little bit easier."  

" Fantastic weather to play golf, you can’t ask for better conditions, so just really happy to be back in Alabama. I’ve played good around this track before and I’ve been looking forward to coming here since I entered this event.”

Stacy said it was like coming home to be here;

" Just being here in the south it reminds me of what I grew up playing. This type of golf, this Bermuda grass is just what I’m used to, so I’m just really comfortable here.” 

“The scores are so low that if you don’t go pretty low the first day you are kind of behind. To make seven birdies in the first round here is always a good thing.”