Brittany Lang was one of Solheim Cup team leader Juli Inkster’s two captain’s picks, and showed why today with a good opening round to lead the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic.
Brittany shot an opening round -7 under par 65, to top the leaderboard at the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic, with a two shot advantage over the field at Prattville Country Club.
Brittany was just having fun out there
“It was just one of those days. It was so enjoyable.”
“I wasn’t thinking about a whole lot. You know, I was just super committed to seeing my shots, it was so much fun.”
“I played pretty flawless golf, even when I was making pars, I was burning the edge from 10 feet. Every hole I was right there.”
“The birdies on 16 and 17 were pretty big after the bogeys on 13 and 14. Kind of, I mean not stupid bogeys, small misses, but I stayed aggressive so I was excited with that.”
“I’m in a really nice place right now, I had one of my better years I’ve ever had, the Solheim pick’s over with.”
“I’m just in a really comfortable place, so I just felt really relaxed out there.”
There is a trio of ladies in second place at -5 under par, 67’s they are, Tiffany Joh, Sydnee Michaels and Ryann O’Toole.
Ryann said she had been expecting the windy conditions, it was the tricky putting that took her by surprise;
“It’s been windy all week, so I was expecting that.”
“What I noticed was the greens were even faster than yesterday or Tuesday. It took me five holes to get really thinking that if you’re above the hole, you just had to tap it.”
“Breaks were breaking double of what you saw because of the speed change. So, it took me a little bit to get used to that.”
Hyo Joo Kim, Ariya Jutanugarn, Therese Koelbaek, Julieta Granada, and Simin Feng are all in a tie for fifth after their first rounds of 4-under-par 68.
Stacy Lewis, -2 under par 70 today, and who was second here last year in Prattville, was coming off a playoff loss to Lydia Ko last week in the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open, she also mentioned the wind, and the putting;
“The golf course was playing really hard early this morning and I didn’t really get anything going, then couldn’t get any putts to fall there on the back nine, so kind of a frustrating day.”
“The wind was blowing early this morning, I don’t think I ever hit 4-iron into the third hole before, so I was just hitting clubs into holes that I’ve never hit.”