Consider the following cases in point:
- Ji Young Oh was -4 through 14 but limped home with bogeys on 16 and 17.
- Christina Kim was -4 and bogey-free through 12 but gave it all back with bogeys on 4 of her next 5 holes before a birdie on 18 got her off a 3-hole bogey train and salvaged a 71.
- Paula Creamer was -3 and bogey-free through 8 but ended up with a 71, thanks to a tough turn where she bogeyed the 9th and 11th.
- Maria Hjorth was -2 through 15, but finished double-birdie-bogey for a 72.
- Ya Ni Tseng eagled the 3rd, erased it with a pair of consecutive bogeys on the front, got to -2 through 12 after back-to-back birdies, and then went bogey-par-double-birdie before parring out her last 2 holes for a 72.
- Candie Kung had a bogey-free 34 on the front and a birdie-less 38 on the back.
- Seon Hwa Lee shot a 72 after a 34 on the front, thanks to a stretch on the back where she went bogey-bogey-par-birdie-double-birdie.
- Jee Young Lee's 72 included a 4-hole bogey train to close out the front, a 3-hole birdie train in the middle of the back, and a bogey-birdie finish.
I'll stop there, and just suggest you take a peek at Helen Alfredsson's and Angela Stanford's scorecards--or Sun Young Yoo's, if you have the stomach for it.
All I can say is that it's fitting this tournament comes near Q-School, as the best women golfers in 2008 will face the closest kind of pressure to its tomorrow that they're likely to encounter the rest of their careers. I guarantee Annika isn't going out like that.
[Update 1 (5:18 pm): Wonder who the LPGA Insider will cover if I'm wrong.]
[Update 2 (7:37 pm): Here's Hound Dog's 1st-round overview, as well as Bill Jempty's great preview post.]
[Update 3 (8:02 pm): Here are the post-round notes and interviews.]
[Update 4 (11/21/08, 4:59 am): Average Golfer not only slickly summarizes the 1st-round results, but also points us toward Ji-Yai Shin's interview.]
[Update 5 (6:36 am): Verdant Garden's on-course reporting is not to be missed!]
[Update 6 (4:34 pm): Here's Bill Jempty's overview.]