US Women’s Open: Ingrid Lindblad achieves lowest amateur score in tournament history | Golf News – NewsRaiser

Ingrid Lindblad has a two stroke lead over Anna Nordqvist and Minjee Lee

Sweden’s Ingrid Lindblad shot the lowest score by an amateur in US Women’s Open history to score the clubhouse goal on day one at Pine Needles.

Playing alongside idol Annika Sorenstam, Lindblad birdied and bogeyed seven in an opening six-under 65, eclipsing a previous best 66 that was achieved three times, most recently by Gina Kim in 2019.

That gave the 22-year-old a two-shot lead over Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist and Australia’s Minjee Lee, with Americans Lexi Thompson and Ally Ewing at three under.

“I made a few shots close to the pin, then my putting was great today,” Lindblad said. “I made some normal stops and some birdie putts. It worked fairway to green.

“I was under the impression that the route would be a bit narrower. I missed some tee shots today that I thought were a little more off, but then I got to the ball and I was like, oh, okay.

Lindblad said that

Lindblad said ‘putting was great today’

“Green spaces were difficult. You had to hit the right stretch of the green to stay on the slopes and everything. This is a great US Open course. »

When asked about playing alongside 10-time Major winner Sorenstam, Lindblad added: “I’ve been playing her tournaments since around 2014. Then when I saw I was playing her, I was shocked. I was like, this can’t be true.

“Then on the first tee, I get her scorecard, I’m like, I have Annika’s scorecard in my hands. But it was really cool. We had fun there. She punched me for some birdies, and it was fun. “

Sorenstam, who retired at the end of 2008 but returned to competitive golf after turning 50, paid tribute to Lindblad by completing 74 in the opening.

“She’s really impressive,” Sorenstam said. “She is genuine. She has a special look, but she is a fearless player. I think she has confidence in her own game. I know that she is not afraid of the spotlight that she may have had when she was a child.

“I think she’s taking it pretty well, and she’s got some good tournaments coming up this summer, and I think she’s excited. She’s a great young lady, and I think she’s going to do well. »

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