Inbee Park leads the best way after a 66 on day one of many Kia Basic in California. Mel Reid and Stephanie Meadow are simply two off the tempo, however Michelle Wie West struggled in her LPGA comeback.
By Keith Jackson
Final Up to date: 26/03/21 1:58am
Mel Reid and Stephanie Meadow made sturdy begins to the Kia Basic as Michelle Wie West endured a troublesome return to the LPGA Tour after a two-year absence.
Reid and Meadow each opened with four-under 68s to path early chief Inbee Park by two photographs after the opening day, however Wie was unable to construct on a birdie on the opening gap as she was unable to interrupt 80 in her first aggressive spherical for the reason that KPMG Girls’s PGA Championship in 2019.
Park was certainly one of solely 4 gamers handy in a bogey-free card on day one in Carlsbad, California, and the seven-time main champion made 4 birdies in six gap mid-round earlier than including one other a 17 in a 66 that snatched the outright lead forward of Hyo Joo Kim, who bookended her 67 with bogeys on the first and final holes.
Reid made an early mistake on the second, however that was her lone blemish of the day as she responded with instant back-to-back birdies and picked up three extra photographs on the inward 9, and she or he did properly to save lots of par from 20 toes on the final having flirted with a water hazard from the tee.
“I believe my par on 18 most likely stands out probably the most,” mentioned Reid, who gained her maiden LPGA title on the ShopRite Basic final October. “I type of hit it proper and I do not know the way it did not go within the water. I used to be type of within the hazard.
“In some way I obtained it on the inexperienced, knocked it out 20 toes previous and holed that for par, so there isn’t any the place I ought to have made par wherever on that gap. I used to be nowhere close to that gap. That’s most likely the factor that stands out probably the most.
“I missed most likely three or 4 putts from inside 10 toes, however we additionally made some good putts. I do not know. It was only a type of stress-free spherical of golf, which is good round right here.”
Meadow’s scorecard was just like Reid’s with a bogey on the second offset by 5 birdies together with three in a row from the sixth, and she or he was delighted along with her efficiency within the blustery circumstances on the Aviara Golf Membership.
“The wind undoubtedly picked up on the again aspect,” mentioned Meadow. “I birdied the primary, which is all the time good, however type of bounced again with a bogey on two. However then I had three in a row and I used to be in a position to get to the eighth in two at the moment which was a pleasant two-putt birdie.
“And it was simply type of actually strong on the again, I gave myself some alternatives, however the wind undoubtedly is an enormous issue right here. I really feel like in case you hit good golf photographs you may be rewarded, and in case you do not hit it within the fairway it is actually penalising right here, in order that type of performs into the power of my sport.
“It is a fairly stroll, it is a attractive golf course, and it is simply straightforward to be completely happy on the market I believe.”
Solheim Cup star Bronte Regulation additionally defied the troublesome circumstances to shoot a good one-under 71, nevertheless it was a torrid day for Charley Hull and Georgia Corridor.
Hull double-bogeyed the primary and dropped one other shot on the third earlier than occurring to return a 76, with Corridor two photographs worse after the opening day.
Wie, in the meantime, was all smiles after a birdie on the first earlier than issues went bitter because the breeze gathered power, the previous US Open champion carding eight bogeys and one double-bogey in a disappointing 81.
“It was powerful circumstances to return again to, however no excuses,” she mentioned. “I am actually taking quite a lot of the positives out it, and there have been so much. Did not seem to be it, however I am excited, I am grateful to be again out right here, grateful that I’ve one other day tomorrow to type of get my sport prepared for the ANA subsequent week.”