Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Uehara takes lead Wie struggles at Birkdale  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Arab News - 11/07/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - Arab News) SOUTHPORT England: Ayako Uehara of Japan got her one mistake out of the way early and opened with a 4-under 68 to lead the Women's British Open on Thursday.

Michelle Wie couldn't stop making them.

Coming off her first major at the US Women's Open Wie missed half of her fairways and stuck to a conservative plan on the par 5s that produced only one birdie. That was on her final hole at Royal Birkdale and allowed her to salvage a 75.

'Thought I made a good game plan" Wie said. 'Just didn't hit good shots today."

Even with only a mild breeze off the Irish Sea in the morning Royal Birkdale was plenty difficult. Halfway through the opening round only seven players were under par. Uehara and Mo Martin (69) were the only players to break 70.

Defending champion Stacy Lewis played in the same group as Uehara and shot 71 in what might be the easiest conditions all week.

'It's only going to get harder" Lewis said. 'Anything under par on this golf course is a good score."

Uehara made bogey on the opening hole and didn't drop a shot the rest of the way. She ran off three birdies in a four-hole stretch and then was flawless on the back nine as the breeze slightly strengthened. She made a 15-foot birdie putt on the par-3 12th hole and finished with a birdie on the par-5 18th.

'Today putting so good" she said. 'Before this week my putting not so good."

Morgan Pressel was even better on the greens. She took 23 putts in her round of 70 to join Mina Harigae and Sarah Kemp only two shots out of the lead. Even though Pressel made only four birdies she escaped with pars when she found trouble off the tee and one time salvaged a bogey.

Pressel went from the left rough to the right rough on the tough 16th hole into the wind. With the pin to the right behind a bunker she purposely played short of the green and got up-and-down to limit the damage.

'I was happy that I made it look easier than it actually was" Pressel said.

Her only regret was finishing with par on the two closing holes both par 5s that typically are downwind. Pressel came up short with a hybrid 5-iron on the 17th and missed a 10-foot birdie putt and she had only a 6-iron for her second shot into the 18th found a bunker and took two to get out. She got up-and-down for par.

Among the later starters Paula Creamer followed a double bogey with consecutive bogeys and made the turn in 39 while former major champions Na Yeon Choi (7 over through 10 holes) and Cristie Kerr (5 over through nine) already were lagging behind.

Wie tried to rely on her powerful stinger off the tee to keep her shots short of the bunkers and out of the thick grass. She hit only seven fairways however leading to three of her bogeys.

'I definitely felt like my tempo was a little bit off" Wie said. 'But it's a long way until Sunday and I battled out there. It's not the score I was looking forward to on Thursday but it could have been a lot worse."


 


Arab News




  MENA News Headlines
 Feb 26 2015 - Jordan- King departs for CairoJordan News Agency
(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency) Amman Feb. 26 (Petra)- His Majesty King Abdullah II on Thursday left for Cairo on a visit to Egypt during which he will hold talks with Egyptian President Abdul Fattah ...

 Feb 26 2015 - Jordan- 688 dead 14000 injured in traffic accidents in 2014Jordan News Agency
(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency) Amman Feb. 26 (Petra)Statistics issued by the Central Traffic Department (CTD) Thursday showed that the number of traffic accidents and deaths had declined in 2014 ...

 Feb 26 2015 - Jordan- Conference on women in Sharia concludes meetingsJordan News Agency
(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency) Amman Feb.26 (Petra) - The closing session of Women in Sharia" conference which concluded meetings Wednesday evening discussed challenges faced by workers in the defense ...

 Feb 26 2015 - Jordan condemns burning of church in Jerusalem by Jewish extremistsJordan News Agency
(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency) Amman Feb. 26 (Petra)Minister of State for Media Affairs Mohammad Al Momani Thursday condemned the burning of a church by Jewish extremists in occupied Jerusalem earlier ...

 Feb 26 2015 - Jordan NATO discuss ties counter- terrorism effortsJordan News Agency
(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency) Amman Feb. 26 (Petra)Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriate Affairs Mohammad Bani Yaseen and NATO Assistant Secretary General for Emerging ...

 Feb 26 2015 - Lebanese economy to grow 2.2 percent in 2015MENAFN
(MENAFN) Lebanon anticipates its economy to grow 2.5 percent in 2015, according to finance minister, after reporting a Eurobond of USD2.2 billion, the largest issue in the country's history, ...

 Feb 26 2015 - UK's Carillion wins USD590m Dubai construction contractsMENAFN
(MENAFN) UK builder Carillion said that it selected Al Futtaim Carillion as its most preferred bidder for two construction contracts valued at USD590 million, Arabian Business reported.The ...

 Feb 26 2015 - Over 2140 more Egyptians return from LibyaDaily News Egypt
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) By Marina Makary Egyptians returning from Libya through the Salloum border in the past 24 hours have numbered 2140 state media reported. Cairo International Airport also ...

 Feb 26 2015 - Egypt- TV journalists detained for airing alleged government leaksDaily News Egypt
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) The Supreme State Security Prosecution decided Wednesday to renew the detention of two journalists affiliated with Mekameleen TV channel which aired leaked statements by ...

 Feb 26 2015 - Qatar- HH the Emir Meets U.S. Secretary of StateQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - QNA) HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani met at his residence in Washington with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Discussions during the meeting dealt with the overall events ...

more...


 






Google

Click to Apply

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help