Jenny Shin has the first round lead at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship on the West Course at Westchester Country Club in New York.
Jenny shot an opening round -7 under par 66, on the par 73 West Course at the Westchester Country Club in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, the second ladies Major of the year.
Jenny carded five birdies and an eagle, looking at the leaderboard all day long. She is serious about this title and said she had brought her A game to this Major;
“I was chasing the leaderboard all day and I was surprised that Webby was at six at one point and thought, how is she shooting six under par.”
“I got there and I was like, maybe I can get one more on the 18th hole and I did.”
“I’ve been playing okay, and I feel like I have my first win coming up and I thought, you know, it’s a major, I want to play well.”
Canadian amateur, 17 year-old Brooke Henderson is in second place on her own at -6 under par, she sadly made bogey on her last hole of the day to drop out of the tie for the top.
Brooke really believes she is ready for LPGA Tour membership, saying she feels like she’s practically a member now. This is her sixth consecutive LPGA event;
“I love it, and I’m really excited when it’s my career and I have full status on the LPGA tour and I get to travel week to week with these girls.”
“They have been very encouraging and very supportive of the way I’ve played over the last few weeks, and I’ve made a lot of friends, which is always nice.”
“I think hopefully I’ll have a long career out here, and it just depends on when I’m able to start that career.”
Karrie Webb is one of three Ladies tied at -5 under par, she is joined on that score by Moriya Jutanugarn and Charley Hull.
Further down the field is the two-time defending Champion, world number two, Inbee Park at -2 under par. The battle for the world number one slot is on this week, and world number one Lydia Ko is at -1 under par after the first round.
Inbee spoke of the pressure;
“I think everybody feels a little pressure because it’s a major tournament and everybody wants to do well.”
“Because it is a major tournament and this is a great event, that’s why we feel the pressure. So I’m happy.”