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‘LPGA Opening Day’ 1R score?… Leading Henderson and last place Jutanugarn are a whopping 17 strokes

The Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament, the first event of the 2023 season of the LPGA Tour, was held at the Lake Nona Golf & Country Club (par 72, 6,608 yards) in Orlando, Florida, USA on the 20th (Korean time). The first day of the Champions League (total prize money of $1.5 million) was held.

Twenty-nine professional golfers participated in this tournament, which only the winners of LPGA tour tournaments in the past two years can participate. Their first round average was 71.862. 

An average of 4.448 on the most difficult hole 7 (par 4) and an average of 4.621 on the easiest played hole 9 (par 5). In particular, there was no eagle on the 7th hole, and only one birdie was caught, and the main character was last year’s winner, Daniel Kang (USA).

Also, in the first round, the difference in number of strokes between Brooke Henderson (Canada), who is the sole leader, and Ariya Jutanugarn (Thailand), who came last, was 17 strokes.

Henderson, who finished runner-up in the event a year ago, set the stage for revenge by hitting a 5-under-par 67. He showed flawless play by 슬롯사이트 picking out 5 birdies to the 16th hole, and made up for the bogey from the 17th hole (par 3) with a birdie on the 18th hole (par 4) and holed out.

Henderson made 12 of 14 fairway hits, 14 green hits and 27 putts.

On the other hand, former world No. 1 Arya Jutanugarn scored 12 over par 84 with 2 birdies, 5 bogeys, 3 double bogeys and 1 triple bogey. Jutanugarn had only 3 fairway landings and 3 green hits each, and 27 putts.

World No. 2 Nellie Corda (USA), who entered the tournament as the top player, rose to second place alone with a 4 under par 68 strokes.

Nellie Corda, who has been participating in the first competition without missing out, is a strong candidate for winning the top 10 with a solo 3rd place in 2019, a solo 10th place in 2020, a solo 3rd place in 2021, and a tie for 4th last year.

Nellie Corda took a moment to look at the 4th hole (par 3) after catching consecutive birdies on the 2nd and 3rd holes that day. However, in the second half, she climbed again with a birdie on the 11th hole (par 5) and added birdies on the 14th (par 4) and 17th (par 3). She landed 9 of 14 fairways, hit 13 greens and made 28 putts.

Gemma Driver (Scotland), Charlie Hull (England), Ashley Buhai (South Africa), and Shu Wei-ling (Taiwan), who hit a 3-under-par 69, formed a tie for third place. Among them, Charlie Hull had a bad tee shot, but blocked 25 putts. Among the top 6 players, Buhai is the only player without a bogey who picked out 3 birdies.

Jody Ewart Shadow (England) and Saso Yuka (Japan) reduced two strokes to share a tie for 7th place.

Daniel Kang (USA), the defending champion, hit 1-under 71 with 4 birdies and 3 bogeys. It was tied for 9th along with Hataoka Nasa, Furue Ayaka (Japan), Lisette Salas (USA), Leona Maguire (Ireland), Celine Boutier (France), and Anna Nordqvist (Sweden).

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