Published: Mon, November 23, 2020
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Sophia Popov Shoots 64 To Lead Pelican Women’s Championship

Sophia Popov Shoots 64 To Lead Pelican Women’s Championship

Sophia Popov rolled in five straight birdies on the front nine for a career best 18-hole score of 64 and a two-stroke lead after the first round of the LPGA Tour's inaugural Pelican Women's Open. "I just want to think about focus on myself and what I have to do".

Meadow, 28, fired a closing one-under 69 to finish on nine under as she ended the tournament five shots behind victor Sei Young Kim of South Korea.

McDonald captured her first tour title late last month at the Drive On Championship in Georgia in the Tour's most recent tournament. When I walked on the course today, there wasn't really any pressure.

She recovered with a birdie just after the turn to back to eight under, but then stuttered with a double-bogey six on the par-four second hole. "I still smell. And then drink a little bit and feel - feels, you know, like little drunk". The 11-time LPGA Tour victor birdied four of the first five holes and added another on the par-5 14th. I think mentally Ive never felt as freed up as I do now.

Bianca Pagdanganan improved on her performance for the day, finishing with a 2-over 142 in total to move up the leaderboard halfway through the 2020 Pelican Women's Championship at the Pelican Golf Club in Belleair, Florida, Saturday (Manila time).

"I wasn't really getting anything out there on the front nine but definitely nice to finish strong on the back", Ko said.

Kim offered McDonald and Stephanie Meadow a glimmer of hope when she bogeyed the ninth, but McDonald's birdie putts dried up while Meadow had earlier left herself a mountain to climb when she bogeyed the first two holes.

A bogey in the eighth, however, pushed her back to even and on 3-over in aggregate after nine holes.

Canadians Brooke Henderson and Alena Sharp and Australia's Minjee Lee topped the group at 68. "That's kind of my strategy, because I wasn't looking at the hole, but then it went in". She last played the Womens Australian Open in February before the tour began shutting down its Asia swing because of the pandemic.

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