Catriona Matthew leads the way at the Airbus LPGA Classic, but her lack of coverage has upset a chief executive of the Ladies Golf Union, Shona Malcolm.
Tweeting earlier Malcolm said: “European Tour and PGA Tour get mention on BBC Breakfast but not LPGA where Catriona Matthew leads! Poor show.
However, for Catriona Matthew one thing’s for sure, her round of 64 was the best of the day.
The opening round of the 2014 Airbus LPGA Classic saw plenty of low scores at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. Catriona Matthew knew the importance of getting off to a good start on this course and quickly made up for her one bogey with eagle on the following hole.
Catriona Matthew and the leaders.
“I remember I watched some of it last year and Jennifer was like 24-under, couldn’t quite believe that during my practice round on Tuesday, but yeah, obviously any time you get off to a good start, it’s good,” said Matthew.
Sponsor’s invite Charley Hull finished on seven-under and ended the day just one stroke behind Catriona Matthew after a bogey-free round. Her score was a career best on the LPGA and the rising star finds herself in an enviable position heading into round two.
“I don’t know I just keep hitting greens, fairways and holing a few putts,“ said Hull.
“I’m not thinking about the moment, taking one shot at a time, just trying to post another low score like today and just let the putts drop.”
As players came off, the overwhelming consensus was that the course was in excellent shape.
“It definitely hurts, it still stings a little bit" - Jessica Korda
Jessica Korda, who finished tied second at last year’s event, loves coming back to the course, and she said coming so close last year motivates her this time around.
The American said: “It definitely hurts, it still stings a little bit, but I’m really excited to be back and hopefully I’ll contend again.”