Outside The Ropes

Lizette Salas

ST PHOTO: NATALIE CHOY

The 28-year-old American has one LPGA Tour title.

Q Best golf shot ever seen?

A Lexi Thompson at the Solheim Cup last year. She holed out (from 112 yards) for an eagle on Hole 11 on a par-five against Anna Nordqvist (in the singles match that was halved) and I thought it was just epic (the US eventually beat Europe to retain the Cup).

Q No. 1 golf tip for amateurs?

A Keep your head down. I feel like amateurs are so anxious to hit the ball and see where it ends up. But if they just relax a little and keep their head down, it makes contact much more consistent.

Q Thoughts on LPGA's dress code?

A I understand why they did it. It keeps the game a little more classy. We do have the privilege of expressing our own style out here but I feel there's got to be a limit. It's a professional sport after all and we should dress appropriately.

Q Biggest golf fashion disaster?

A Skorts (shorts with a fabric panel resembling a skirt covering the front) with no pockets. When designers do golf skorts with no pockets, it's a disaster. We need at least two pockets for our balls, tees and whatnot.

Q Dream partners in a four-ball?

A Brooks Koepka, Phil Mickelson and Henrik Stenson - they call him the Iceman. I just love their golf swings and Phil because he has such a great game. Hopefully I can learn something from them. Natalie Choy

  • LEADERBOARD

  • Selected tee times (USA unless stated)

    65 Jennifer Song

    67 Michelle Wie, Ji Eun Hee (Kor)

    68 Brooke Henderson (Can), Ariya Jutanugarn (Tha), Madelene Sagstrom (Swe), Chun In Gee, Chella Choi, Park Sung Hyun (all Kor), Danielle Kang, Jessica Korda

    69 Ryu So Yeon, Mirim Lee, Lee Jeong Eun (all Kor), Marina Alex

    70 Feng Shanshan (Chn), Nicole Broch Larsen (Den), Caroline Masson (Ger), a-Atthaya Thitikul (Tha), Moriya Jutanugarn (Tha), Jang Ha Na (Kor), Nelly Korda, Cristie Kerr

    71 Minjee Lee (Aus), Lydia Ko (Nzl)

    73 Park In Bee (Kor), Tiffany Chan (Hkg)

    2ND RD: SELECTED TEE TIMES

    HOLE 1

    7.30am: Lydia Ko

    7.42am: Minjee Lee

    7.54am: Jang, Feng

    8.42am: Ryu, Lee Jeong Eun, Alex

    8.54am: Park Sung Hyun, Su Oh, Chella Choi

    9.06am: Chun, Sagstrom, J. Korda

    9.18am: Kang, Henderson, Ariya

    9.30am: Song, Wie, Ji

    HOLE 10

    8.11am: Park In Bee, Angel Yin, Brittany Lincicome

    8.35am: Chan

    9.11am: Lexi Thompson

    Ticket details can be found at hsbcgolf.com/womens

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 02, 2018, with the headline 'Lizette Salas'. Print Edition | Subscribe