Paula Creamer leads the Kia Classic after shooting a five-under 67 during the morning wave of the first round at Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad, California.
Creamer said, “Just gave myself a bunch of looks, and put it on the right side of the hole.”
Despite besting the field in the morning wave, Creamer will not rest this afternoon, “I missed a couple fairways out there, which is not normal for me…I’m going to definitely go hit some balls to fix that, but for the most part, I’ve been pretty steady.”
Shanshan Feng and Jodi Ewart Shadoff are currently tied for second place after firing four-under 68s.
Lexi Thompson got her round to four-under through 10 holes, but three-putted for bogey on the fifth hole (her fourteenth of the day), and missed a couple birdie opportunities coming in to finish with a three-under 69 (T4).
Lexi is only 19-years-old, but she spoke like a seasoned professional after the round, “I thought it was a pretty solid round, pretty easy conditions. There was a little bit of wind out there, but just tried to take one shot at a time, [stay focused], and have fun.”
Lexi’s putting held her back from a stellar opening round, “I struggled on the last half of the second nine, just didn’t get anything to drop.”
Lizette Salas shot a bogeyless 69 (T4), “It was a steady round, and just like last week, I tried to keep everything simple by hitting fairways and greens. These last couple days for practice I felt really good, [I have] been working with my coach.”
Similar to Thomspon, Salas’ putter kept her from going super low, “rolled in some good putts, and I left a lot of putts out there, but there is plenty of golf to be played.”
World No. 1 Inbee Park and Ayako Uehara are also tied for fourth place at three-under par.