Paula Creamer posted a bogey-free 7-under 64 on Thursday and sits alone at the top of the leaderboard after the first round of the 2019 Evian Championship.
This is the first time that Creamer, the 2005 Evian Masters champion, has held the lead following 18 holes since the 2017 LOTTE Championship.
“It's been several years where I felt like just all in all good in my shoes kind of thing. That's nice,” said Creamer.
“It's nice to kind of be back to that. But no pressure. Not putting myself in any place where I have to do something. I just want to have fun and play good golf.”
Four players are tied for second at -6: American Brittany Altomare and the Republic of Korea’s Mi Hyang Lee, Inbee Park and Jin Young Ko, who birdied the last four holes. Playing in the second-to-last group, Lee found trouble on the par-5 18th when she tried to lay up but came up short of tying Creamer.
Defending champion Angela Stanford opened with a 5-over 76 and is tied for 102nd.
INBEE PARK DRAWS FROM EXPERIENCE TO MAKE HISTORY
LPGA Hall of Famer Inbee Park shot a first 6-under 65, her lowest opening round of The Evian Championship, and is tied for second, one stroke behind leader Paula Creamer. Park won the 2012 Evian Masters, becoming the last player to win before it became a major in 2013, and is one major short of completing a Super Grand Slam, awarded to players by winning five different LPGA majors.
Evian-les-Bains is a particularly special place to Park. According to Park, her Evian victory in 2012 was when her golfing career took off. She earned seven more titles in 2012 and 2013, elevating her to World No. 1 on the Rolex Rankings in April 2013 for 59 consecutive weeks.
SOLHEIM CUP ON THE LINE FOR MEL REID
Mel Reid set the early pace during Thursday’s first round, taking advantage of the closing par-5 18th and ended her 6-under 66 with an eagle. The fiery Englishwoman has been playing with a hot hand of late, finishing in what she called a “huge” tie for third at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship after enduring six missed cuts in her first nine starts of the 2019 LPGA season. After changing her home, her coach, her trainer and all of her equipment in the last 12 months, Reid is welcoming this new-found consistency in her game.
England’s Charley Hull, Meghan MacLaren and Georgia Hall are placed in the top 25 after round 1.
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