Morgan Pressel leads the ANA Inspiration tournament at Mission Hills Country Club, Dinah Shore Tournament Course, the first Major of the LPGA season.
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Morgan shot a first round -5 under par 67 to lead the ANA Inspiration tournament at Mission Hills Country Club in California.
Morgan is looking forward to jumping back into Poppy’s Pond again, as traditionally the winners here do;
“I think every player dreams of having their name up on that wall, and the fact that mine is up there, it’s very, very special.
“I have so many great memories here, but I’d love to put it up there again.”
“I was just kind of lost after Singapore this year. I knew where I wanted my swing to get but I was having trouble getting it there.”
“I have a lot less movement on my golf ball which has been helpful.”
“Where I can now aim pretty much right down the center of the fairways. Really, honestly, I had no idea where the golf ball was going early this year, so it’s a big change.”
“I think for a long hitter out here who can take advantage of some of the par fives, which is helpful, there are places no matter how hard you hit it, you’re behind a tree in a tough spot in a bunker.”
“So I’ve always looked at this golf course as consistency as the tee. Yeah, Lexi hits it a long way, but if you watched her last year, she hit every fairway.”
“So I think the big key out here is just keeping the ball in play. And knowing sometimes on some holes which side of the fairway you need to be on so you can hit and have a good angle through your approach shot.”
In second place at -4 under par is Ai Miyazato, from Japan, who said she is not a long hitter, but it is where you place the ball that counts;
“I’m not a long hitter, not just this golf course, I think it’s a really good set-up, and it doesn’t matter the distance.”
“It’s all about position and where you are, wherever you hit, you are.”
Four ladies are tied in third position at -3 under par, they include last weeks winner Gwladys Nocera, with So Yeon Ryu, Juli Inkster and Alison Walshe.
Juli thinks she is lucky to be able to play at this level, with all the talented youngsters around;
“I enjoy the game and I enjoy working at it.”
“I like the process of it. But these girls are our future. You know, I’m just lucky I can still come out here and compete a little bit.”
World Number one Lydia Ko is T10 with a -1 under par round today, which equals Annika Sorenstam’s 29 consecutive rounds record under par. One more round tomorrow will give her the record, but she admitted she did struggle today. Hopefully tomorrow she will achieve that milestone and then be able to concentrate on winning this tournament;
“Today I was so busy trying to make up-and-downs, or trying to make a good two-putt or make some birdies, because I really wasn’t hitting my driver well, and here the rough can get pretty thick.”
“When you’re in that position a record was the last thing I was thinking about. But, yeah, Lexi and I made two really good birdies on 8, and I got back to under par.”
“I think probably on my 1st hole, which was the 10th, I read a little note that David Leadbetter gave me prior to my round.”
“And I just went back. Just put myself back another step and just said this is a whole new nine. There are some birdie opportunities there, so I just try to keep it simple. But it wasn’t as simple as I would have liked.”
“The record wasn’t really in my head. I guess, post round, now that you guys are asking. Here it is.”
“But, no, not when I was playing. But I think because I was spraying it a little bit, it made me think less about the records and the after results.”