CME Group Tour Championship. Amy Olson Leads.

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Amy Olson, USA, leads the CME Group Tour Championship after an opening round of 63 at Tiburon Golf Club in Florida.CME Group Tour Championship - Round One : News PhotoAmy

Amy carded a first round -9 under par 63 to lead the CME Group Tour Championship by one shot, with good putting being the key;

“It’s just fun to be playing well.”

 “Rolled the ball really well. The greens are absolutely pure. If you’re hitting your line, it holds its line. I was just seeing the line, reading the putts really well, and hitting it where I wanted.”

Sharing second place at -8 under after rounds of 64 were Nasa Hataoka, Japan, and Brittany Lincicome of the USA.

Brittany was inspired by the outlook of a young amateur player;

“I started with playing nine holes in the Annika Pro-Am on Monday with an eight year old girl.”

 “Her philosophy was if it gets in the air and it gets on the green, then it’s good.”

“It was kind of going back to my eight or ten year-old roots. I really just wanted to go back to my ten year-old self, and I think accomplished that.”

Nasa was inspired by a save on the first hole when she rolled in a 14 foot putt for par, after blasting out from the bunker, and kept alive her dream of winning the million dollar bonus;

“That changed the whole day, because I was in the second to the last group, I knew what was happening on the golf course and I felt some pressure.”

“I know it is only the first round, but I intend to just enjoy the week.”

Alone in fourth spot at -7 under is Lexi Thompson, USA, who changed her putter, and had her brother Curtis on the bag;

“It is great to have Curtis on the bag, he knows my game very well and he was helping me read my putts.”

“It’s only the first day so I’m just trying to take it one shot at a time.”

“I knew my game was there. It was just all a matter of everything coming together and being 100 percent confident with my little swing changes that I’ve been working on.”

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