Suzann lays it down

Suzann Pettersen 595

By Brian O’Hare

NORWAY’S Suzann Pettersen is no shrinking violet. The world No.2 snatched the first round lead of the 2014 Women’s Australian Open and won’t be backing down easily.

“I really just want to see how good I can be.  I know I’m good.  If I play like I did today and trust my swing and trust what I’m working on, I just want to see how far I can get and I don’t really measure myself up against other players, they’re just my competitors. I measure my game; always have, towards the guys.  I think I have the most to learn from them,” the 32 year old said after her first round 6-under 66 at the magnificent Victoria Golf Club.

Pettersen made the most of the excellent morning conditions, shooting nine birdies and three bogeys on the way to a one stroke lead over a group of four players tied in second place.

“I felt like I played good and gave myself a lot of good chances, putted, for the most part, well.  It was a little bit of a mixture but 66 opening round, I’m very, very happy,” Pettersen said.

Americans Jessica Korda and Jaclyn Sweeney, Korean Hee Young Park and France’s Marion Ricordeau all posted 5-under par 67s to be tied in second place.

A log-jam of players are tied in sixth place at 4-under par including American Paula Creamer, Kiwi Lydia Ko and Spain’s Azahara Munoz.

Petterson will take over the World Number 1 position if she finishes in second place or higher this week.

Asked about a “bomb” of a drive she hit on the 13th, Petterson responded with a muscle flex. “Have you not see my guns? That's all I've been doing this off season,” she joked, referring to all the time she has spent in the gym.
Asked in her post round media conference about a “bomb” of a drive she hit on the 13th, Petterson responded with a muscle flex. “Have you not see my guns? That’s all I’ve been doing this off season,” she joked, referring to all the time she has spent in the gym.

AUSTRALIAN TELEVISION COVERAGE:

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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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