There are to ladies tied at the top of the HSBC Women’s Champions is Singapore, Inbee Park and Yani Tseng.
Inbee and Yani both shot opening rounds of -6 under par 66 at the HSBC Woman’s Championship playing the Serapong Course at Sentosa Golf Club. Inbee was bogey free while Yani carded one bogey on her round.
Inbee played cautiously on the harder front nine, and was happy to go round bogey free,
“The front nine is a tougher nine on the Serapong Golf Course,I didn’t play too aggressively on the front nine, but the back nine I had a lot of shots.”
“I hit a lot of shots close and I was able to hole a lot of putts on the back nine, which we have to take advantage of. Yeah, it was a good round, bogey free round, a very solid round, and I putted very good today, so I’m very happy with that.”
Yani is happy to be back in contention and is putting her reemergence down to her new coach;
“This year, I guess I change new trainer, new coach and I start working on mental more and more, and I feel like awareness myself, how I’m positioned right now, it actually helps me a lot, too.”
“And self talk is one of the biggest things out there, because like I say, I tried to be patient and if I don’t tell myself to be patient, it’s hard to be patient.”
“I’m very, very happy. I’m happy that I’m playing the golf again. It’s not thinking or I’m working out there. “
“It’s fun, it’s so much fun. Like I tell my friends, my parents on the website, they don’t have to scroll down to see my name. They can just see right on top the first page.”
Angela Stanford is in third place at -5 under par, and she too spoke about her fun day, and how long haul travelling affects her;
“It was a fun day. It was a fun group, playing with Webby and Stacy, it was a good group.”
“I’m being more careful about how many times I go overseas.”
“I think just traveling across big bodies of water starts to wear on your body a little bit. I’ve cut back in that respect, and it’s helped a little about it, so I feel more refreshed.”
” I didn’t play Australia. Just keeping it to two this time instead of three. So I feel a lot more refreshed this week than I have in the past.”
World number one Lydia Ko was tied for fourth with Karrie Webb, Jenny Shin, Mo Martin and Mariajo Uribe. Lydia carded two bogeys with six birdies for her opening round of 68.
Lydia started with a birdie, and also mentioned the long flight to get here, the heat is also a problem;
“Started off well with a birdie. Whenever I have a birdie on the first hole, I kind of wonder what kind of day it will be.”
” But ended up being pretty good, and I think it’s my best score around this course.”
“A little bit jet‑lagged because of the long flight.”
” But I’ve been trying to pace myself, go nine holes and do the least amount of practice. I think just this week, the heat is definitely going to get to me, so I’m just going to try and cool down.”