LPGA Tour: Alison Lee leads hometown LA Open after five-under first round | Golf News


Alison Lee is playing in her hometown with the opening round 66 at the LA Open, “Sometimes when you’re playing week to week it gets pretty lonely. When you come to an event and you see people you recognize, it elevates you” – watch the second round from 11:30 p.m., Friday on Sky Sports Golf

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Alison Lee shot an under-66 five at Wilshire Country Club to take the first-round lead at the DIO Implant LA Open

Alison Lee shot an under-66 five at Wilshire Country Club to take the first-round lead at the DIO Implant LA Open

California native Alison Lee took the first-round lead at the DIO Implant LA Open with a five-under 66 round in windy conditions at Wilshire Country Club

Lee, who has never won an LPGA Tour event, birdied two of the front nine and three of the back nine in an unblemished round to take a one-shot lead over the field.

There is a three-way tie for second place with Japan’s Nasa Hataoka, Denmark’s Emily Kristine Pedersen and American Emma Talley each at four under par.

Los Angeles-born Lee, 27, said: “I feel really comfortable. It’s not so much the journey as being in LA, seeing a bunch of familiar faces there- low.

“Sometimes when you’re playing week to week you feel quite alone. When you come to an event and see people you recognize and know and they’re there to support you, it uplifts you.

“It was good to see my parents and overall it feels good. Hopefully I can keep pushing things forward.”

Lee is looking for his first win on the LPGA Tour

Lee is looking for his first win on the LPGA Tour

Lee added: “There was a time when I almost wanted to quit. Golf was so frustrating for me. I felt lost. I didn’t know what I was doing right. I didn’t know what I was doing. evil. .

“Golf for me was a big talk so to really see my hard work pay off [is pleasing].”

Defending champion Brooke Henderson of Canada shot a five-of-76, triple bogey on the par-three fourth hole to leave her tied at 116th and in danger of missing the cut.

The Canadian, a 10-time winner on the LPGA Tour, withdrew from last week’s Lotte Championship in Hawaii after the first round due to illness.

England duo Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Bronte Law are four strokes behind leader Lee after carding opening rounds from one under par, with compatriot and 2018 Women’s Open champion Georgia Hall one stroke further tied.

Watch round two of the LA Open live on Sky Sports Golf from 11:30 p.m. Friday.

LPGA Tour: Alison Lee leads hometown LA Open after five-under first round | Golf News

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