Rookie Mirim Lee is at the top of the leaderboard in the JTBC Founders Cup tournament at the Wildfire Golf Club in Phoenix Arizona.
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Mirim shot a first round -8 under par 64 to lead the Founders Cup in Arizona. Mirim said is was a good day, not too many long putts;
” Everything was good. So today putting was a little bit not good. Everything was good, yeah. Good day, just two, three long putts. So today no, not difficult today. Easy today. Practice round and today morning I hit really good. It was good. So everything is just good.”
Just one shot back after an opening round of -7 under par 65 is Morgan Pressel, this round could so easily have been a 59. She found trouble off the 3rd tee, playing the course backwards. Morgan went through the turn at -7 under par after shooting a 29 on her front nine, thanks to five birdies and an Eagle. She followed that with birdies on the first and second holes but then came that errant tee shot;
“I hit a very poor tee shot and ended up kind of on the side of this little bush, and I could have hit it left handed and there were a couple of burrowing animal holes around. I brought them over to ask, but I didn’t honestly think that I was going to get relief, and I don’t think that I deserved it.”
“I don’t know if I was necessarily thinking 59, but I probably just got a little bit excited, because I had never been that many under par in that short of a span of time. I just got a little bit quick, and came back to earth.”
There are eight players tied in third place at -6 under par, including Inbee Park and defending champion Stacy Lewis.
Inbee Park said the putts would just not drop;
” I was hitting the ball good all day today, but just on the front the putts didn’t seem like they wanted to go in. I read a couple of putts wrong, and on the back nine I had shots a lot closer than the front nine, and obviously I holed some putts on the back nine. On the back nine I had shots a lot closer than the front nine, and obviously I holed some putts on the back nine.”
” We hit a lot of short irons on this golf course. You have to shoot low scores for four rounds on this golf course, and obviously there’s a lot of opportunities here and you have to hole your putts. And obviously on this back nine I hit a lot of good iron shots, and only mistake today was the three putt on number three, or 4, and yeah, that was my only mistake today.”
Stacy was making all her putts today;
” I hit some good shots, but had to make ; my speed was kind of off on the greens, had to make some five and six footers, but actually made them, so it kind of helped get the confidence going.”
” Then the back nine for me, it just sets up a lot better. I feel like you can kind of free wheel it a little bit and still be more open and made a few longer putts, but all day I hit the ball pretty well.”
Lydia Ko is in a seven way tie for 7th place, shooting a -5 under par 67 for her first round, she had an excuse for fading late on in her round;
“I normally eat more than I did today, and I normally eat a lot, so that’s saying something. I forgot to bring my food and my protein bars. That’s my excuse.”