Jan 29th, 2016
Charley Hull in tied lead at Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic
You Go Charley!!
Words: Sophie Southwell Photography: Getty Images
Charley Hull and Catriona Matthew were amongst seven players tied for the lead after the first round of the Bahamas LPGA, alongside US players Paula Creamer, Ashley Ramsey and Alison Lee and Japanese players Mika Miyazato and Haru Normura, each shooting a 5-under-par 68.
Hull and Lee were grouped together along with Jessica Korda going off the back nine on Thursday. Hull used the late tee time to her advantage to check the weather conditions.
“Yeah, it was quite windy in the actually afternoon,” Hull said, “I was hitting balls on the range because you're hitting balls on the range left‑right wind and then you get up on the first hole and it's off the right and you're like, oh, even though I teed off at 10.”
Rolex World Ranking No. 2 Inbee Park withdrew from back injury after one of her worst ever rounds since joining the LPGA Tour and will be out until the Thailand LPGA next month, missing next week’s Coates Golf Championship.
“I’ve always had a little lower back problem and some weeks it just gets bit worse and today happened to be one of those days,” said Park. “Hopefully in Thailand I’ll be in really good shape!”
Michelle Wie opened with a 76 after being treated for a bee sting on the 16th tee.
"I was waiting to hit my tee shot, and I felt something sting, and it hurt really, really bad, and I knew it was a bee," Wie said. "I brushed it away, and the stinger was still in there. We were trying to find a tweezer, and out of all the people, our security guy had tweezers on him, so I got it out."