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Pettersen leads Australian Open after 1st round
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Norway's Suzann Pettersen carded a 6-under 66 on Thursday to lead the women's Australian Open by a shot after the first round at the Victoria Golf Club.
Pettersen, winner of last year's Evian Championships, had nine birdies and three bogeys, holding off a series of challengers led by Marion Ricordeau of France.
"In the first round of the year you're always anxious to get started," Pettersen said. "It took me a while to get really comfortable, to trust what I've been working on.
"In the end the trust was stronger than the rest. I hit a lot of great shots but I also have to say I left a lot of shots out there. I three-putted a lot of greens, stupid three-putts really, but I also felt like I played good and gave myself a lot of birdie chances."
Ricordeau, who had eight birdies, a bogey and double bogey, briefly drew level with Pettersen before finishing among a group of four players with rounds of 67.
Tied in second place were Park Hee-young of South Korea and Americans Jaclyn Sweeney and Jessica Korda, daughter of former tennis star Petr Korda and already a tournament winner this year.
World No.4 Lydia Ko of New Zealand was among a larger group at 4-under after a mixed opening round. Ko was one-under after her opening nine but came home with five birdies and two bogeys, including birdies at her last two holes.
Updated February 13, 2014
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