LPGA Tour: Pettersen leads Australian Open after first round

Associated Press  |  Last updated February 13, 2014
Norway's Suzann Pettersen carded a 6-under-par 66 on Thursday to lead the women's Australian Open by a shot after the first round at the Victoria Golf Club. Pettersen, winner of last year's Evian Championships, had nine birdies and three bogeys, holding off a series of challengers led by Marion Ricordeau of France. ''In the first round of the year you're always anxious to get started,'' Pettersen said. ''It took me a while to get really comfortable, to trust what I've been working on. ''In the end the trust was stronger than the rest. I hit a lot of great shots but I also have to say I left a lot of shots out there. I three-putted a lot of greens, stupid three-putts really, but I also felt like I played good and gave myself a lot of birdie chances.'' Ricordeau, who had eight birdies, a bogey and double bogey, briefly drew level with Pettersen before finishing among a group of four players with rounds of 67. Tied in second place were Park Hee-young of South Korea and Americans Jaclyn Sweeney and Jessica Korda, daughter of former tennis star Petr Korda and already a tournament winner this year. World No. 4 Lydia Ko of New Zealand was among a larger group at 4 under after a mixed opening round. Ko was 1 under after her opening nine but came home with five birdies and two bogeys, including birdies at her last two holes.
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