Mirim Lee leads the Kia Classic at Aviara Golf Club in California.
Mirim shot a bogey free first round -7 under par 65, to lead the Kia Classic in California. She said practice was the key, and a new grip, good putting also helped;
“I practiced a lot this week, I changed the grip.”
” Today was putting.”
Yani Tseng is in second place at -6 under par while World number one Lydia Ko is in close contention at -5 under par in third position, tied there with Karrie Webb, Cristie Kerr and Xiyu Lin.
Yani had an Eagle at the par-5 10th;
“I never thought it was going to be that close.”
“I was a little like unbalanced, so I kind of tied my shoes a little bit. Actually, there was one second in my mind I was like, ‘How about if I hit it in the water.’ I was like, ‘Oh, if I hit it in the water, I just go drop another ball.”
“I got like a few birdies in my pocket and should be OK.’ So I was like, ‘If I make bogey, it’s no big deal.'”
Lydia is full of confidence in her golf game;
“I’m coming in with a lot of confidence and know that my game is there.”
“It’s always good to know that you can be aggressive and just to trust myself.”
“I’ve been playing pretty solid the last couple of weeks. It’s a pretty cool streak.”
“It’s not easy, I’m trying to take one round at a time, one shot at a time, and that kind of breaks it up a little bit.”
“It’s tough. Playing weeks back to back and all courses just being different, I think that’s the hard thing, but I’m just trying to keep focused.”
“I know that I’ve played well the last couple of events. It’s always good to know that you’re playing well. You can be confident.”
In the group at -4 under par is Stacy Lewis, Inbee Park and Lexi Thompson.
Lexi holed out from 98 yards for Eagle on the par-4 seventh;
“Downhill, a little downwind, and I landed my 55 degree about 95, it one-bounced, past, went back and actually stayed on the lip for a little bit and then fell. So, pretty awesome.”
The US Open champion Michelle Wie got her game together and carded five birdies on her front nine to challenge the leaders, but sadly ended the opening round -3 under par 69 after posting her third bogey of the day at the 18th.