Karine Icher of France fired a bogey-free, seven-under 65 on Thursday to take a two-shot lead into the second round of the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open at the Vancouver Golf Club.
“My putting was very good and I think today, I’ve seen the hole bigger than the other days, so sometimes you have days like that where everything works. I’m quite happy with this one,” said Icher, who had four consecutive birdies from the eighth to 11th hole.
Before Icher went on her run, Lydia Ko, the player who won the last time the LPGA Tour visited the Vancouver Golf Club, was back in a familiar place as a two-time tournament champ.
Ko held the lead after a five-under 67. She made the turn at one under after three birdies and two bogeys on her front nine, then reeled off four birdies, including two in a row on her last two holes.
“I didn’t play well last year at the London Hunt, but I tried to just say, `Hey, this is a whole new year,’ said Ko.
“Like I said before, this is a great golf course. It tests all different parts of your game and the rough is getting thicker. I love coming back to a course where I’ve played well at and where the fans are excited as much as us, she added.
Stacy Lewis, I.K. Kim, Pernilla Lindberg and Danah Bordner are tied for third after each shot a four-under 68.
Brooke Henderson, who received her long-awaited tour membership earlier this week, received a warm welcome from the crowd after her first LPGA win in Portland last week and responded with a two-under 70 that included four birdies and two bogeys.
Henderson leads all Canadians in a tie for 13th.
“It was an amazing day today,” said Henderson.
“The crowds were unbelievable and just to be back home in Canada and playing in front of them was really cool. Today was a little bit up and down, but I was able to get it together a little more on the back nine and finish two under,” she said.
Hamilton’s Alena Sharp is a shot back after a one-under 71.
“I don’t feel super comfortable on the tee, but I’m just working on a little set-up thing and it’s just hard for me to get comfortable, but I hit a lot of good drives when I needed to,” said Sharp.
“I had a chip-in. I made a long putt. I just need to hit it closer to the hole and that’s what I’m going to work on for (Friday), just get a little more settled with my iron shots,” she said.
The CP Women’s Open leaderboard is here.
At the Wyndham Championship, Adam Hadwin is at two under, six shots off the lead after firing a 68 in Thursday’s first round. That left him tied for 66th going into Friday’s second round.
The leaderboard is here.
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Corey Conners, Brad Fritsch and Ryan Yip each opened with two-under 69s and are tied for 45th going into Friday’s second round of the News Sentinel Open in Knoxville, Tenn.
The scores are here.