- Lorena Ochoa: if she can shoot a 68 while hitting only 6 fairways, how low can she go if she gets her driver straightened out this week?
- Karrie Webb: 12 fairways and greens, 4 birdies, 1 bogey--solid start!
- Ya Ni Tseng: only 247 off the tee, only 7 fairways, 3 bogeys in her 1st 4 holes as she made the turn onto the front, yet she still shot a 69? Even with 5 birdies, it took an eagle on the par-5 11th to do it.
- Karen Stupples: her 69 was a mashup of Ochoa's driving and Webb's approach shots--somehow she hit 15 greens from only 6 fairways!
- Brittany Lincicome: -4 through 12 and bogey-free, her lack of accuracy off the tee (only 7 fairways all day) caught up to her down the stretch, as she went +2 over her last 6 holes of birdieless golf.
- Cristie Kerr: only hit 8 fairways all day and got off to a slow start when a double at the par-3 17th broke a 7-hole par-streak, but she played bogey-free the rest of the way, making 3 birdies along the way.
- Morgan Pressel: averaged only 234 off the tee, but closed out her round with 12 straight pars after opening the back with 3 birdies and 2 bogeys in her 1st 6 holes.
- Grace Park: hit 11 fairways and almost averaged 280 off the tee; here's hoping she can build on her opening 71 today!
- Pat Hurst: roller-coaster 71, due mostly to only hitting 7 fairways.
- Ji-Yai Shin: her 72 was a moral victory, considering her driving average was down near 225 and she hit only 9 fairways.
Of course, more than 2/3 of the field did not take advantage of the unexpectedly fine scoring conditions yesterday. My big disappointment is obviously Ai Miyazato, who shot a birdieless 74, but at least she didn't blow up completely like Jee Young Lee (77), Sun Young Yoo (77), Angela Stanford (78), Christina Kim (78), or Se Ri Pak (79). Let's see if they can turn things around and if Na On Min and Becky Brewerton, who both opened with 69s, can keep it going today!
[Update 1 (8:04 am): For a sampling of the best blogging on the 1st round of the KNC, check out Mike at Ruthless Golf, Jamie at Snap Hook Herald, Jeff at LinksLifeGolf, and Golf Girl.]
[Update 2 (8:12 am): Here are today's pairings. Stupples, Ochoa, Wie, Lincicome, Tseng, Park, and Shin are among those who will have to deal with colder but calmer conditions. The rest of the leaders go off in the afternoon.]
[Update 3 (12:19 pm): Sweet! Randall Mell is blogging from Mission Hills!]
[Update 4 (9:12 pm): Here's Hound Dog on the 1st round and ESPN's coverage.]