After 18 holes in Sylvania, Ohio, Hye-Jin Choi, Ruoning Yin and Carlota Ciganda entered 6 players under 65 to take the lead in the first round of the Dana Open presented by Marathon. Ciganda, a two-time LPGA Tour champion whose wins came in 2014, started with two birdies on her first three holes and added four more after the turn on numbers 10, 11, 13 and 18. That’s Ciganda’s best score in the first round of 2022, as she makes her fifth Dana Open appearance.
“I really like this place and I started very strong. I hit a lot of greens, great shots on 1, 2, 3, and made a 15-by-2 and a 10-by-3 for a birdie. Then I just told myself to keep giving chances, to hit the greens. I think that’s key on this golf course,” said Ciganda, who has already earned three top-five finishes this season. “I feel very comfortable there. I like the place. Reminds me of the house in summer, the weather, the trees, the design of the course. I really enjoy playing here and it’s been a great day.
It is the fourth time in Ciganda’s career that she has slept in the lead/co-lead of 18 holes, and the first time since the 2018 Amundi Evian Championship. Her two 2022 Tour rookie co-leaders, Yin and Choi , both hold the first-round lead/co-lead for the first time in their careers in individual events (Choi held the lead in the 2022 Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational with playing partner Narin An). This is Yin’s first start since the team event at Midland, as she battled a wrist injury and did not travel for the European swing. After making two appearances on the Epson Tour, where she finished T30 (Firekeepers Casino Hotel Championship) and T13 (French Lick Charity Classic), Yin took the time to rehabilitate to improve her putting and short game, practical qu she put to good use at Highland Meadows Golf. Club.
“I think this course suits me quite well because my normal ball flight is a bit bland, and, yeah, I think it suits me,” Yin said. “Today I read the greens well. I think for my putt, I just don’t have a lot of expectations and I just tried to hit a good putt.
Choi is coming off a hot week at the CP Women’s Open, where she recorded a career-best 62 in the second round and notched her ninth top-10 finish of 2022. She continued that momentum on Thursday, birding three of the first four holes and remaining bogey-free while adding three more under-par scores at Nos. 8, 10 and 13.
“Even though I didn’t win (at the CP Women’s Open), I feel like I’m gaining more experience and developing more skills,” Choi said. “Hopefully I can use the experience I gained last week this week.”
Eight players are tied for fourth at -5. Among them are great champions like Lydia Ko, two-time Dana Open champion, and Lexi Thompson, who has won two runner-up performances in Sylvania since 2017. her sixth start in an LPGA Tour event and her first as a professional, with 2021 Solheim European Cup contenders Leona Maguire and Emily Kristine Pedersen.
“I’m just super grateful to have this opportunity in the first place,” Krauter said. “I’ll just take it day by day and see how it goes.”
Krauter was first among guest sponsors, with Natasha Andrea Oon tied for 37th at -1 and amateur Audrey Ryu at T142 and +9. Defending champion Nasa Hataoka is tied for 29th after a 2-under 69.