Three ladies are tied at the top of the Kia Classic leaderboard, in California. In Gee Chun, Cristie Kerr and Mo Martin.
In Gee Cristie and Mo / getty
In Gee, Cristie and Mo all carded first rounds of -6 under par 66, to top the Kia Classic leaderboard, and lead by two shots over their nearest rivals.
In Gee was happy to play a course she likes;
“This course is really good. I like here. Course is really pretty and challenging, so I’m very happy to be back here.”
“Greens are a little bumpy this afternoon so I stay my patient, so I made a good round today.”
Cristie went back to basics;
“Honestly, I had some long talks with my coach, and I just needed to simplify my game.”
“Like I needed to simplify my swing feel and not over complicate things.”
“So kind of went back to some simple feels and played awesome today.”
Mo had a good putting day, and loved lots of fans wearing GoMo buttons;
“I had a ton of really good shots today, which I had been doing pretty much for the last year.”
“Just had a really good putting day. I’ve been waiting for a good putting week and I had a good putting day today. It was great.”
“I like it. I love it when it’s playing tough. We had a couple Sunday pin placements out there today. It was a fun day.”
“Today I probably had about six people with Go Mo buttons on.”
“We had Go Mo button sign made. That was pretty good. Had one made every year. It’s been fun to add to the collection of friends and family out here.”
Defending champion, and world number 1 Lydia Ko struggled to a +2 over par, 74, all those changes have had a negative effect.