Pettersen hits right note

Norwegian Suzann Pettersen playing her tee shot on the 13th hole in the first round of the Manulife LPGA Classic. The co-leader was pleased with the perfect conditions.
Norwegian Suzann Pettersen playing her tee shot on the 13th hole in the first round of the Manulife LPGA Classic. The co-leader was pleased with the perfect conditions.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

CAMBRIDGE (Ontario) • Norway's Suzann Pettersen shrugged off the loss of her yardage book to surge into a share of the lead with South Korean Lee Mi Hyang, after the first round of golf's Manulife LPGA Classic in Canada on Thursday.

World No. 2 Ariya Jutanugarn, who headlines the tournament, made a smooth start with a five-under 67 to tie for ninth.

The Thai has a shot at becoming world No. 1, as top-ranked Lydia Ko of New Zealand is not competing in Canada.

Pettersen, the 2015 champion at Whistle Bear Golf Club, plundered six birdies on the front nine en route to a 64 on a day when 65 players broke par in ideal conditions.

She was delighted with her score, especially after a less-than-ideal preparation.

"I lost my yardage book before getting here," she told reporters.

"I had to get all my new notes, which is kind of a big deal because I have a lot of good notes from the past. Had to start from scratch.

"We woke up this morning to perfect conditions. You can fire at pins and get to par fives, which is fun.

Lee, meanwhile, made a fast start with an eagle at the par-five third hole on her way to a tie for the lead.

China's Feng Shanshan, who is one stroke behind the co-leaders, is back in action after becoming the tour's 13th different winner this season in her last start - the Volvik Championship in Michigan two weeks ago.

"Everything is not bad. I mean, my ball striking is as good as usual and my putting is working also."

REUTERS, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 10, 2017, with the headline 'Pettersen hits right note'. Print Edition | Subscribe