Miyazato and Lindberg Share First Round Lead
Ai Miyazato and Pernilla Lindberg both shot seven under par 65’s on Thursday at Hillsdale Golf and Country Club to take the first round lead of the CN Canadian Women’s Open.
Miyazato’s scorecard was flawless with three birdies on the front nine and four more on the back. Lindberg, who has not had a top 10 finish this season, made eight birdies but bogeyed the 13th hole.
Miyazato who finished eighth last week at the Safeway Classic is finding her form. “I had a really good feeling with my swing tempo today, so I kept it all the 18 holes today,” Miyazato said. “That’s why I really had so many birdie opportunities out there. My iron distance control was really good, and I had a really good feeling with my putting as well. So that’s why I think I shot 7 under today.”
After making just two cuts in eight events this year, Lindberg is just trying to keep her card for next year. “I came out as a rookie last year, and I had to go back to Q school because I didn’t play as good as I would have liked and know that I can,” Lindberg said. “I started off good the first couple of tournaments this year, but then I’ve been struggling. Lately it’s felt like I’ve been close, but I still haven’t really gotten it together. So of course I’ve been putting some pressure on myself to move up the money list. Today I was just patient, and finally all the good things that I know I have came together.”
Defending champion Michelle Wie, who joined the crowd of pro golfers using a long putter, shot a five under-67. Wie needed just 27 putts and made at least two long birdie putts, a 45-footer on No. 9 and a 60-footer.
“I like my putter,” Wie said. “I think there’s been quite some talk about it. Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been toying around with different grips and different ways to do it. But I think it’s been feeling pretty good, and I’ve just got to keep working on it because obviously putting is something that I always need to work on and it’s a very important part of the game.”
A shot behind Miyazato and Lindberg is Canadian Samantha Richdale who fired a bogey-free 66. Richdale is trying to be the first Canadian to win an LPGA event in her home country since 1973.
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