Morgan Pressel makes a first round move in the LPGA Mizuno Classic at Kintetsu Kashikojima Country Club in Japan.
Morgan put together an opening round of -5 under par 67 to lead the Mizuno Classic by one shot at the end of round one. She said she had a good day in the tough conditions, and loved playing in Japan;
“My day was good, it was tough out there with the winds. Especially early, some of those holes played really tough. I didn’t get myself in a lot of trouble and when I did I made a good putt for par. I definitely putted well today and I think that’s why I ended up at 5-under.”
“I love playing in Japan, I love playing in front of the crowds. The golf courses are a lot of fun to play and I just really enjoy being in this country. Everybody is very nice here and very supportive so I do enjoy playing in Japan very much.”
“I haven’t had the best year but I feel like I have been playing better recently, certainly in the other few events I played here in Asia. I feel like I can play well the rest of this week and the next two closing events and then enjoy the off-season.”
Dame Laura Davies and Chella Choi are tied in second place at -4 under par following their first round 68’s.
Laura needs a good week to secure her spot in the field at the CME Group Tour Championship;
“I’m playing well, I’m looking forward to the last two days and if I putt well then I believe I have a chance to win.”
“If I don’t putt well I have no chance because like I said years ago the players weren’t as strong but now they’re so good that you have to have every part of your game going to have a chance. If I can keep this going I have a chance.”
“That’s one of the things that I’ve been counting down every week, now I need a top-3 so it would be a great finish to what’s been a good year. My expectations are a lot higher than just qualifying for these events, I want to do well. That would certainly mean that I’d played pretty well this year if I get in it.”
“I still think I’m good enough. I still think I can win tournaments and while I still think I can win I’m still going to play. The only thing holding me back is putting and that’s what I believe and that’s why I keep going.”
“The fact that I’m 51 is irrelevant really. If you can walk you can play golf which is nice.”
Chella also likes this course, and thinks she has a good chance to win here;
“I like this course, I played good last year so I have a good thing here. A lot of people like me and are cheering. The golf course is not too far, you just have to focus on each shot and I think I have a good chance.”