Defending champion Nelly Korda and former KPMG Girls’s Champion Brooke Henderson and Enppi Park got here out at 7:33 a.m. ET on Thursday.
They have been greeted with cool 60s temperatures, rain and wind – and a blue monitor monster on the Congress Nation Membership in Bethesda, Maryland.
Though In Gee Chun was in a position to fireplace 8-under 64 in Spherical 1 of this yr’s third girls’s Grand Prix, nobody else from the morning wave fared higher than 71. Korda and Henderson have been amongst that group 1-under , whereas Park shot is equal 72.
Whereas Korda and Henderson have been amazed at what Chun had completed, they have been each delighted to be on equal footing on a troublesome day, on a course that was…
Full area scores from the KPMG Girls’s Championship
“Long. It was definitely really long. Especially for me,” Korda stated. “I am one of the tallest hitters on the tour. It was long.”
The scorecard lists the Blue Trail at 6,894 yards. As noted in the Golf Channel broadcast, this is a bit longer than this week’s PGA Tour layout, TPC River Highlands (although the Travelers position is 70). However, Congress, Korda reiterated, is tall — and played longer amid Thursday’s conditions.
“The front nine was tough, the weather we played in. [No.] 9 Can – Oh, my God, I had a chauffeur, hybrid, 7 wood in the green. Korda said of the ninth hole, which is listed at 585 yards.
Many shared her feelings.
“Being a 9th, that was the longest 5th I’ve ever played in my life,” stated Henderson, the 2016 KPMG champ. “I hit the hybrid on my third shot, and I rarely have to do that.”
2019 winner Hannah Inexperienced, who additionally opened at 71, added: “The ninth hole, I had to hit five woodcuts on my third shot. I hit a couple of hybrids in 4s, and hybrids into 3s.”
Inexperienced elevated her top and seen that just a few years in the past you would not have been in a position to break the extent on a day like this. Whereas Park, who received the occasion three years in a row (2013-15), was unable to shoot within the crimson, ending it was an achievement.
Park ranked 150The tenth On tour at a driving distance of simply over 242 yards.
“Enppi, I assume—oh my God, I feel it was. [No.] 4 did not even get there utilizing a wooden 3 on her second shot, and that is a median of 4,” Korda said.
“He is undoubtedly been enjoying lengthy within the morning with the wind and the rain.”