Date: October 20, 2012
Author: Omnisport

Pettersen leads as Aussies struggle

Norwegian Suzann Pettersen starred on day one of the LPGA Hanabank Championship in Incheon, South Korea, while Australian Lindsey Wright struggled on Friday. Pettersen, the 2007 champion, shot nine birdies in a bogey-free round of 63. She hit six of them on the back nine including five in a six-hole stretch from the 10th to the 15th to build a one-shot lead over Sweden&aposs Karin Sjodin. Sjodin also had a day to remember at the Sky 72 Golf Club, hitting eight birdies in her round of 64. Wright mixed three birdies with four bogeys as she carded a round of 73 to be in a tie for 44th place, while Katherine Hull is a further three strokes back at four over. A five-way tie for third sees South Korean trio Hyun-Hee Moon, Ha-Neul Kim and So Yeon Ryu, Spaniard Azahara Munoz and Japan&aposs Ai Miyazato all locked at six under, three shots off the pace. Moon, Kim and Ryu all hit seven birdies and one bogey in their rounds while Munoz and Miyazato were similarly consistent. World number one and reigning champion Yani Tseng, of Taiwan, is in outright eighth at five under. American duo Mina Harigae and Lexi Thompson, Frenchwoman Karine Icher and South Korean Hyo Joo Kim are involved a four-way tie for ninth at four under.