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Pernilla Lindberg snatches late lead at ANA Inspiration

Hannah Green makes solid start in major debut (Photo: Bruce Young)
Sweden’s Pernilla Lindberg kept everyone waiting on day one of the ANA Inspiration in Rancho Mirage in California, her opening round of 7 under 65 established while playing in the final group of the day edging her one shot clear of Spain’s Beatriz Recari and Japan’s Ayako Uehara.

The 31 year old Lindberg has yet to win in several seasons on the LPGA Tour but she is highly regarded amongst her peers and often talked about as a player who has not yet fulfilled her potential.

Today, playing with Charley Hull in the final group off the 10th tee, she was bogey free and three birdies in her last four holes caught everyone napping to a large extent with many of the draft media stories already written before she spoilt their day.

Lindberg’s previous best finish on the LPGA Tour was when 3rd at the Sime Darby Tournament in Malaysia in 2014 but late in 2017 she finished tied for 4th at the season ending Tour Championship which is arguably her most significant achievement.

She has yet to win an event on either the LPGA or Ladies European Tour but is clearly a player good enough to do so. With the benefit of a morning tee time on day two she now has the opportunity to consolidate her lead.

Two former Women’s Australian Open Champions are tied for 4th namely Jessica Korda and Ha Na Jang, the pair sharing that position with US born but Swiss citizen, Albane Valenzuela who is the world's 4th ranked female amateur.

Former winner Lexi Thompson was poised just one shot from the lead before she bogeyed the final hole of her round at the par five 9th to finish at 4 under and now three shots from the lead but the player who has arguably the best record in recent years of those playing in this week’s field is well poised.

Hannah Green began her major career with a solid start, a round of 2 under 70 having her in a share of 20th place and the leading Australian.

Sarah Jane Smith is 1 under in 36th place, Katherine Kirk 73rd, Minjee Lee 87th and Su Oh’s recent woes continued with a horror opening round.






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