User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Soccer
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Pettersen takes early lead in Hawaii

KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) - Suzann Pettersen shot a 7-under 65 on Wednesday at breezy Ko Olina to take the lead halfway through the first round of the LPGA Lotte Championship.

Advertisement
The Norwegian, a 10-time winner on the LPGA Tour, had nine birdies and two bogeys in her morning round.

``I went out today and tried to be really aggressive,'' said Pettersen, coming off a third-place tie two weeks in the Kraft Nabisco Championship. ``My dad was so disappointed after the Kraft that I left all the putts short. He's like, `You got to hit the ball past the hole to make putts.'''

Spain's Beatriz Recari, playing alongside Pettersen and Angela Stanford the first two rounds, was two strokes back along with South Korea's So Yeon Ryu, American Jane Park and Canada's Rebecca Lee-Bentram.

Playing the back nine first, Recari birdied four of the first six holes.

``We teed off at 7:50 and it was already blowing pretty hard, especially on the back nine,'' Recari said. ``Those holes are really open to the ocean. So, I think it was a good challenge out there.

She won the Kia Classic last month for her second LPGA Tour victory.

``The thing is, when you win, you want to keep winning,'' Recari said. ``I didn't feel like I just wanted to sit back and relax and just kind of cruise. Obviously, you want to put yourself in that position again and, hopefully, get more trophies.''

Lee-Bentram opened with nine straight pars, then birdied five of the next seven holes in her bogey-free round.

I just told myself to be patient,'' Lee-Bentram said. ``Putts weren't going in on the front nine, but I was making pars. I knew if I kept making pars the birdies would come. It did happen.''

Third-ranked Yani Tseng, winless in more than year, opened with a 71.

Top-ranked Inbee Park, No. 2 Stacy Lewis, 15-year-old New Zealand amateur star Lydia Ko and local favorite Michelle Wie were among the afternoon starters. Park has two victories - the LPGA Thailand and the Kraft Nabisco - in five starts this year. Lewis also has won twice this season.

Copyright 2016 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written
consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

  
HEADLINES
News: 2017 Golf Major Props
Healthy week for Tiger highlights return
Matsuyama holds on to win in Bahamas
Brandon Stone wins Dunhill championship
Varner wins Aussie PGA; Scott ends 3rd
Tiger fires bogey-free 2nd round 65
Aussie PGA Champ. requires wake-up calls
Scott relieved at Australian PGA
LPGA schedule features 2 new events
MORE HEADLINES
 
VegasInsider.com Gold Membership
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership