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.
AUSTRALIAN TELEVISION COVERAGE:
Live coverage of the Australian Open continues on the ABC (AEST)
Friday 14 February – 3:00pm – 6:00pm (ABC1)
Saturday 15 February – 1.30pm – 6:00pm (ABC1)
Sunday 16 February – 1:00pm – 6:00pm (ABC1)
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