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 1 2015 - Saudi- Africa agrees to send 7500 troops to fight Boko HaramArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) ADDIS ABABA: African leaders have agreed to send 7500 troops to fight the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria an African Union official said Saturday.The move came after ...

 Feb 1 2015 - Islamic State says it has beheaded Japanese hostageArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) BEIRUT/TOKYO: Islamic State militants said on Saturday they had killed Japanese hostage Kenji Goto after the apparent failure of sustained international efforts to secure his ...

 Feb 1 2015 - Bahrain strips 72 of citizenshipArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) MANAMA: The Bahraini government has revoked the nationality of 72 citizens for damaging national security the state news agency BNA reported on Saturday.A list published on the ...

 Feb 1 2015 - 15 missing as IS seizes Iraq oil facilityArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) KIRKUK: Islamic State insurgents on Saturday seized a small crude oil station near the northern Iraqi city Kirkuk where 15 employees were working and explosions in and around the ...

 Feb 1 2015 - Riyadh municipality plans to overhaul city marketsArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) The Riyadh municipality has announced a plan to overhaul markets in the central business district and other areas to create more jobs attract investors and boost commerce.The ...

 Feb 1 2015 - Saudi- Public Security SASO in quality control tie-upArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) The General Directorate of Public Security and Saudi Standards and the Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) have signed a agreement to activate strong cooperation between ...

 Feb 1 2015 - Saudi- Kin suspect foul play in disabled man's deathArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) Scratches and strangulation marks on the neck of a disabled inmate in the comprehensive rehabilitation center in Taif led his parents to doubt the circumstances leading to his ...

 Feb 1 2015 - Student's invention does KSA proudArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) Maha Al-Otaibi a Saudi student has won accolades for her country by winning second place in the Emirates Award for Arabian Gulf Youth for her waterproof hearing aid project which ...

 Feb 1 2015 - Saudi- Hofuf's Al-Qarah village to be developedArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) in Al-Ahsa is studying a project to create a tourist track to Al-Qarah village bringing the total number of tourist tracks ...

 Feb 1 2015 - Saudi- Royal orders promise continued developmentArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) Recent royal decrees issued by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman confirm the state's development after it pumped young blood into the state's administration without ...

more...


 






Google

Electronic & Mobile Payment

 
 

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