Pettersen leads Wie, three others by a shot
Thursday, May 1, 2014
A 5-under 66 has Suzann Pettersen in form again, even if her back isn't fully healed yet, and leading after the first round of the North Texas LPGA Shootout presented by JTBC in Irving, Texas.
Pettersen scattered five birdies during a bogey-free round for a one-shot lead over Michelle Wie, Cristie Kerr, Caroline Masson and Dori Carter.
"Hitting the ball great; today I was actually feeling a little bit tense to start, which is a good sign," Pettersen said. "So nice to be back."
That helps Pettersen put a disappointing showing behind her from last weeks Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic, in which a third-round 79 knocked her down to a T-28 finish.
Pettersen said she is still recovering from a back injury that caused her to miss time on the tour, including the season's first major in the Kraft Nabisco Championship.
"I got treatment every day, needles and all taped up," she said. ". . . A lot of acupuncture."
Wie, who won two weeks ago in Hawaii, had two birdies and a bogey on each side – with an eagle at No. 10 giving her a lift.
"You know, I started off hot, and then I had a little three‑putt, just couldn't get anything going after that," Wie said, "but you know, the eagle is always nice."