Mina Harigai leads after 18 holes in pine needles | LPGA

On a very sunny and hot day at Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club, Mina Harigae rose to the top of the leaderboard at the 2022 US Women’s Open presented by ProMedica. The 13-year-old LPGA Tour champion, who has had no wins in over 250 debuts, won the lowest round of her career on Thursday, a 7-under-64 that featured nine birds and puts her on top of the field.

“I was doing my best today. I haven’t had any tournaments or rounds so far this year as I’ve been putting in with confidence, so today was the day,” said Harigai, who hit all 14 lanes on Thursday and only needed 24 strokes, the fewest hits. The first.” Immediately after starting, #1 and 2, I made my hits. You know, 7 to 10 feet tall. This really kept my confidence going.”

Harigae is already a USGA Champion, and took the 2007 US Amateur General Leagues title just one week before her 2007 U.S. Women’s Open in Pine Needles. She doesn’t remember much of that week in Southern Pines, where she eventually finished off the T66, the last of those to make the cut. Fast forward 15 years and Harigae will use some clever veteran knowledge to her advantage as she heads into the second round on Friday.

said Harigai, who has never taken the lead after the first round of her LPGA Tour career. “It’s another day on the golf course, another hole. You just have to take the hits and put them out.”

Swedish amateur Ingrid Lindblad captured hearts Thursday morning with a 6-under-65 record, setting a championship record with an 18-hole punch by an amateur en route to second place on her own. “I had several shots near the pin, and then my shot was great today,” said Lindblad, a rookie student at Louisiana State University. “He saved a few pars and put a few hits on the sparrows. I just worked from Fairway to the green.”

Ryan O’Toole opened the Under-67 on Thursday, the lowest of a 10-game run at the US Women’s Open. She tied for third with Grand Champion Minji Lee and Anna Nordqvist, giving O’Toole her best start to the US Women’s Open since she tied for second after the opening round in 2011.

“I definitely feel like my shot was ready today,” said O’Toole, who finished ninth in 2011. “I did some really good shots, some saves, some long shots, so it was good to make the change. I feel like I can always count on my iron game, so it was good to see that the racket really showed up. I think going to tomorrow, just Take it as it comes.”

The Rolex World Rankings Women’s Golf #1, Jin Young Koo is one of 10 players tied for eighth at -2, a group that includes 2017 US Open Women’s Champion Song Hyun Park and American Amy Olson, who joins Koo as a contestant at the US Open for women. -up in 2020. Rolex Ranking No. 2, Nelly Korda played in her first event since undergoing a blood clot surgery in early March, rejoined the LPGA Tour by 1-under 70, and tied for 18th after the first round.

Three-time US Open champion Annika Sorenstam, in her first major appearance since 2008, finished 3 over 74 on Thursday and tied for 86th. Sorenstam secured a place on the field after winning the 2021 US Women’s Open, and while she was not Today’s round is just as amazing as it was when she was in the prime of her life, yet the glamor of major golf still made for a memorable day.

“What a nice warm welcome here in Pinehurst, Pine Needles. It was nice seeing Donna (Andrews). “I played against Donna, so it was great to be an anchor, and a starter,” said Sorenstam, who won the 1996 US Women’s Open in the Pine Needles. “I was playing first, and she said, another minute. It was probably one of the longest minutes ever. I was like, ‘I’m ready now.'”

2014 US Women’s Open winner Michelle Wei West, who announced earlier this week that she is staying out of the full-time competition, scored twice over 73 and tied for 67th. Defending champion Yuka Sasso opened with 6 players over 77 and won 133rd.